Assorted Links to CNC related products and information....

CNC Control Software

UCCNC

My current recommendation for a software CNC control is UCCNC from CNCdrive in Hungary. Very similar in setup and operation to Mach3, with better performance, and constant development making it better every day. It's currently missing a few minor features, but is imo far superior to Mach3, and far easier to setup and use than Mach4. and it's only $60 for a license, plus the cost of a motion controller.

UCCNC does NOT work through the parallel port, but requires a CNC drive motion controller.

CNCdrive offers several different motion controllers that work with UCCNC, from the single port USB UC100, to the 5 port ethernet UC300ETH.

 

CNC Electronics

MB2 breakout board

MB2 Breakout board

I recently discoverd an excellent breakout board from Thailand that I'm using for my new router build..

The MB2 is designed for use with the ESS, and uses 3 parallel ports of I/O. It's an industrial grade board with 24V inputs and outputs, differential drive signals, analog speed control, and a built in safety circuit.

It's very flexible, and is designed to be modified by the user via solder bridges to enhance or change functionality.

I'll be using it with the UC300ETH and UCCNC.

 

Cad/CAM

JointCAM

JointCAM is a CAM program for making traditional woodworking joints. Quickly design a variety of joints and export ready to run g-code.

 

Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is an integrated CAD/CAM package from Autodesk, that's free for hobbyists and startup businesses.

 

Vectric

Vectric offers a wide range of CAD/CAM packages for woodworking and sign making.

 

MeshCAM

MeshCAM is an easy to use CAM program for machining 3D mesh models.