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Questions on 4 or 5 axis machines

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by runninfarmer, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. runninfarmer

    runninfarmer Well-Known

    Feb 22, 2015
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    I've built a few 3D printers, but I'd like to build either a 4 axis or 5 axis router/or mill. I'm thinking more of a 4 axis lathe type setup, but I have a couple questions:

    1.) Are there currently any opensource CAM programs for 4 or 5 axis machines?

    2.) I'd like to use my arduino Mega 2560 and RAMPs, but I'm concerned with computing power for the rotary axis. Also I'm a noob with programming, what would be the best firmware and/or how to modify it for 4 axes?

    3.) Any low cost suggestions for alternatives to the above?

    Thanks for the info!
  2. JohnnyOh!

    JohnnyOh! New

    Apr 20, 2017
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    Runninfarmer, Have you tried Fusion 360? It has 4 and 5 axis capability and is free if you don't make more than 100K with it. After that is only 31 bucks a month.

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