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Hook up the electronics, and we’ll make some stuff
Thursday, July 17th, 2008 at 9:53 pm
Still surfing around looking for that elusive Python command-line driven CNC tool which I believe would be a mega-educational resource for our time — and if no funding for such devices can be found, then the education system really is screwed, if it’s not too busy being defrauded [and I had to write that whole article myself] for hundreds of millions of pounds on account of massively incompetent and stupendously overpaid contractors.
Anyway, in the process, I discovered this remarkably charming video of someone assembling what appears to be a machine tool :
Also, I found a nice little CAM system called cambam, free to download in Windows. Clearly, the machining community (such as it is) has yet to get the idea of free open source software, because such niches would have been prime candidates in any other programming sector. I’m still eager to offer some low-level (but very hard) calculations and algorithms to an open source CAM community, but there’s yet to be anywhere that takes it. Maybe in another twenty years if there’s enough fall out from the free software movement into this sector, which would be likely if there ever was an educational device based on CNC technology, directly accessibly programmed (ie not by G-codes — which are very simple, but don’t appear so at first glance).