PathCAM - Toolpath generation software for CNC robots!
PathCAM - Toolpath generation software for CNC robots! PathCAM is a simple, easy to use tool for generating 2.5D toolpaths to cut shapes from stock material using a CNC Router. PathCAM can connect directly to some CNC robots, and can export simple .gcode for others.
PathCAM is under active development! Help out by trying the tool and providing feedback and requesting more features.
Build & Run with these commands:
sudo apt-get install mono-devel mono-gmcs git clone https://github.com/xenovacivus/PathCAM.git cd PathCAM xbuild mono GUI/bin/Debug/PathCAM.exe
Start by loading a .stl or .obj file - you can just drag & drop from the file system, or use the Open File button. Make sure the dropdown for scale is set correctly before loading the file (most files on Thingiverse are in millimeters). You can move the models (green things) and the tabs (orange things) around to suit your needs. Once you've got everything where you want it, try to generate some toolpaths.
With the tool paths generated, you can save them to a .gcode file or run them directly from PathCAM on specific robots (Including machines running GRBL!!!). Connections to more robots will be added in the future - if you have one in mind, say something and maybe it will be added sooner!
There's a small checkbox hiding in the lower left-hand corner of PathCAM; click this to reveal some robot control buttons. Here's the basic steps:
OpenSource thrives on proper acknowledgement! In that regard, I'd like to thank the authors of the following projects which play a critical part in PathCAM: