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Here are some Cnc software recommendations

Buy Mach 3 here for $174

CNC CONTROL SOFTWARE

CONTROLS THE MOTIONS OF THE MACHINE

MACH 3 FEATURES

  • Converts a standard PC to a fully featured CNC controller.

  • Runs on XP or windows 2000 operating systems

  • Up to 6 axis cnc control

  • Allows direct import of DXF BMP JPG and HPGL.

  • Visual G-Code display

  • Generates G-code

FREE WIZARDS INCLUDED 

  • Gear cutting

  • Digitizing

  • Holes

  • Slots and keyways

  • Text engraving

  • Many standard shapes

  • Surfacing

  • MANY MORE

  • Other wizards from third party vendors

 

  • It also has a built in 2d cam 

    (creates g-code from your 2d drawings)

     

SUPPORT LINKS

MAIN SCREEN SHOT OF MACH 3

This is download only software. A license code will be emailed to you upon purchase no disc will be shipped

You may also need cad and cam software for more complex parts

Cad software

cad creates the drawing

Rhino is probably the most popular 3d cad  modeling software ma

cad history Here is a nice history of cad software

Free cad Free cad software ( I have not tried any of it)

Cam software

Creates G-code

Free rhino cam

Free rhino cam software

Easy cnc book  You can actually make parts without going crazy using this step by step book

Mesh cam is a really nice 3d software that integrates nicely with Rhino

 

                 NEW FANGLED SOLUTIONS MACH 3 ADD ON PROGRAM

Sometimes you may have a simple operation that you don't need to make an elaborate program for, so you can use a Mach 3 add on they also provide Mach 3 support

   this is a link to screen shots