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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:24 pm
by Buck
I may be crazy but I am converting my ENCO mill to cnc. I had to grind a lot on the ball feed screws to
get them to fit . I am still fitting the stepper motors because they did not make a kit for my mill
I used a kit for a Bridgeport somewhat like mine. FLASHCUT is the kit. I am still looking for drawing
program. The quest never ends
Buck Travis


PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:50 am
by admin
Hi Buck

I used Flashcut many hears ago with a SHERLINE CNC that I put together. It worked quite well for what I needed at the time. IT will do 3d so it's a full featured program. The manual will have good examples. Work through them and you'll be fine. ENCO and GRIZZLEY are pretty much the same company so you can also look on those sites. There is a guy HOSSMACHINE who does a lot of stuff for those machines. Might be worth a look.
I can't recommend CAMBAM enough. It's very affordable at $149.00 and it does almost anything you want to do. Honestly, I use it far more often than our big packages because most of what I do is really 2D so I don't need fancy. CAMBAM is far more powerful than it looks too, so you won't grow out of it. You can draw AND generate the G Code quite easily and the support is very good too.

You can download it for free and see if you like it. There is even an older version that isn't time limited that you can just use. (may have some bugs that were addressed in later versions, but nothing too worriesome.)

You might also want to take a look at MACH3 You can also find that on the CAMBAM site.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:35 pm
by pdog
I know for fact that with some of these limited controls you can BS your way into making them do things "they will not do" according to the manufacturer.
Once you get comfortable with the programing and are willing to experiment a bit you see just what I mean… 8-)