We have a small micro mill, Proxxon set-up with x,y,z servos and controller.
I got it running with the FREE EMC 1.2 software, but seems the servos
have to be configured, since the table not moving the same distance what
it's was commanded to. I think the .ini file has to be modified, for the
I'm also looking it the Mach-3 CNC program, but don't know any thing
about. Heard easier to run. When I tried to install the DEMO version, it
was asking for a NT4.0 operating system.
WIN ME is installed on the laptop, I guess have to upgrade to WIN 2000
Which program would be the easiest to set-up and use, EMC or Mach-3?
Thank you, Julius
On my first CNC project I had two PCs setup, one with EMC (BDI 1.8 I
think) and one with Mach2 (was pre Mach3 then). I got both configured
and running properly, but in short order I determined that Mach2 was
well worth it's very modest cost for it's vastly more refined
configuration utility and overall feel.
From what little I've seen, EMC2 seems like more of a potential
contender to Mach3, however Mach4 is just about out and with the flat
one shot licensing for Mach3 for personal use there seems little reason
to investigate EMC2 further. Even for commercial use Mach3 is so
inexpensive that if it has any advantages over EMC2 (like better support
from http://ww.machsupport.com ) then it's probably still the best bet.
Even more importantly, you can test drive Mach3 for free with the only
limitation being a 1,000 lines of G code limit so you can really get a
feel for it. Indeed if your needs are such that the 1,000 line limit
isn't a problem you can just run the demo version (Art even said this on
the support forum).
All that said, the upcoming Mach4 which works in conjunction with a
hardware pulse generator engine by Geckodrive looks very promising. A
little more expensive due to the hardware engine, but still a modest
price and really pushes it further into the "pro" arena where Mach3
already does pretty well.
Thx! Reason I didn't try Mach-3 yet, 'cause it needs NT4 minimum, means
Win 2000 or XP. My Laptop has Win ME, when I tried to install Mach-3 it
quit, saying - NT4 required.
EMC had no problem to install.
Soon I will upgrade the laptop to win2000.
On Wed, 21 Jun 2006 02:30:58 -0700, Protagonist
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I agree with cliff... mach 3 is the way to go..
Contact www.minitechcnc.com they sell the mach3 but have developed some of
their own windows that allow for easier programming and addition runtime
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