8 months, 3 weeks ago Jasper_RullmanParticipant
I am a complete novice with Laser engraving. I have purchased a basic machine from China and would like to use software that will be compatible with Windows 8.
The current software that was in the package will only work on XP which is a pain really, is there software out there that will work ?
I am looking forward to chatting to others regarding my future projects.
Hello!Jasper, I am very happy that you can come to our forum. I hope my answer will solve your problem, because I have used many Chinese machines. As for laser software, you can choose Chinese RD work, or you can use Lighthurn. They are very popular and very useful software. If they can’t adapt to your computer, you can choose to contact the after-sales service and discuss how to solve it. Wish you good luck!
8 months, 3 weeks ago Jasper_RullmanParticipant
thank you very much! Admin, I will accept your suggestion and try it, and this seems to be a new forum, I hope you can do it!
8 months, 3 weeks ago Gerard_DegonParticipant
Hello, everyone!This is my first day on the forum. I bought a micro mill I am converting to CNC and was told this is the place to be. I look forward to bugging you guys with novice questions.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Lance_WeismanParticipant
I’m from Jerez, South Spain as you can read in my signature. My name is Antonio.
I have a laser cut and engraver machine since last August. So I’m yet a beginner and I’m learning a lot of from other users with more experience.
My machine is a THUNDERLASER Mars 60.
I use plywood and cardboard to make parts and assemblies that I see in the forum.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Grover_BarbatoParticipant
I work for Coastal Optical Systems. We manufacture optics for high profile projects most of the time. We have many CNC machines that grind optics and also manufacture metal housings to contain them.
I just wanted to drop in this spot as suggested and say hi.
- This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Grover_Barbato.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Loyd_WashingParticipant
Hello All. I am new to metal lathe work. Just order my lathe and should received it 5 days. I am retaired from apartment maintenance work. I have been doing some welding for the last 4 years. I have never run a metal lathe but looking forward to it. I will be doing a lot of reading and looking for start up projects. I am from Albuquerque, NM
8 months, 3 weeks ago Renaldo_NeelyParticipant
My Nicole is Farley I’m 55 and semi retired I live in Athens Ga, and am getting a 900 sq ft shop and I’ve been wanting to build a router/plasma tabel for a long time now. They started advertising the carvewright seems like a powerful and easy CNC for the price but i sure would like to have a plasma cutter too. The post with the plans for the MechMate seems to be the tabel for me 4×8 size. For the software Mach 3 seems to be the choice. I probualy need help on the steppers and that side of the project. Is there something in between the software so I can Drawing up my own designs and scanning them into the computer and cut them on the tabel? Please understand I’m a newbee and only think i know what I’ve read. Thanks Nicole
8 months, 3 weeks ago Brandon_LiewParticipant
I came across laser engraver forum after searching across the Web for info on DIY CNC. I like building things and recently started woodworking as a hobby and I hope to learn more about DIY CNC machines to assist with that.
I love the aspect that I can build a CNC machine myself.
I hope to learn as much as possible from the experienced folks here. Also, I am looking for recommendations for a starter CNC machine to attempt to build.
I am open to all recommendations or advice.
Vic from Virginia
8 months, 3 weeks ago Josh_FrawkinParticipant
I’m a laser newbie. I started working with laser machines about 5 years ago, every thing learned by test
and error, now if found this site where I have learned several things about laser, thank all of you for the
info posted here, also help me alot with a new laser Water Jet equipment adquired a year ago at our
Take care and keep the good work.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Rob_BottumParticipant
I am a programmer. We use SolidWorks and CamWorks. We have about 20 laser machine. Okuma, Mori, Haas, Mazak and Hardinge. We recently purchased the new Okuma Multus and have been having some Post issues. My boss has decided I need to learn how to write posts. Anybody have any suggestions on where to begin?
8 months, 3 weeks ago Zachery SaltarelliParticipant
I own a small welding shop that should employ 6 people, but currently has 3 1/2. I try to read as much as I can on the “zone”, but unfortunately, my time is limited.
I recently purchased a small cnc router that uses a dremel from a member here. I’m planning to learn as much about CNC as I can with this lil gizmo, and have some fun along the way, as I slowly understand more and more, about the various components and software, that is involved with CNC equipment.
So far, I’m sticking with image carving, and when I learn the do’s and do nots of that, I’ll move on. A few of my carvings are shown here…
For the moment, one of the things that I would like to do, would be to hook up the dremel tool to the control, so it can be programmed to shut off when its done. If anyone can point me to which topic that fits under the best, I’d greatly appreciate it.
The long range goal, is to build a CNC Plasma table to replace my current plasma/oxy-acc set up. I currently have an old Koike “pantograph” table… at least thats what I call it.
My “Howdy” is longer winded than was intended… and I just ran out of breath!
8 months, 3 weeks ago Caro BrandesParticipant
My name is John Gabriel. I live near Chicago in Illinois USA. I am a retired scientist, 76 years old, and have been interested in machine shop work since I was 20, at first using the student shop while in graduate school.
Having lost the sight of one eye in an accident a couple of years ago, automation of the shop is mandatory to keep my hands away from moving chucks and cutters, so I now have a collection of stepper and servo motors, and am slowly converting machines to N/C. Once everything is running again, I hope to publish my designs for machine automation, and perhaps begin a small business offering kits to automate machines from Sieg, ENCO, and Grizzly, and similar vendors.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Gino FloranceParticipant
Hi. I just joined a couple of days ago. I’m a professional costumer and prop maker, and my father was a machinist for the better part of his adult life. If he were alive today, he would flip at the notion that one could do CNC milling at home! I’m new to CNC work, and used to sculpting/carving parts by hand. I also have a little experience with 3-D modeling. I’m looking forward to building a Rockcliff setup in the near future. Thanks for this opportunity to learn!
8 months, 3 weeks ago Dana SperlParticipant
Hi – just posting a “hello”. Most of my experience is with manual wood working and a little bit of manual milling of Al. The parts I would like to build “seem” like they would be much easier on a cnc mill.
My garage space is very limited, but I would really like to be able to have my own small cnc mill – maybe 1 hp or so.
I know how to draw paper / drafting board, so I also need to learn CAD. At some point, hopefully, I will have read enough from the existing posts to ask a useful question.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Lester LioParticipant
I have purchased a Lathe for some small work from time to time.
I would like to know if someone has instructions in English from assembly to wiring.
I also would like to purchase some beginners books any suggestions.
I someone can give me the baby without labor pains that would be great!
8 months, 3 weeks ago Freeman_CappellettiParticipant
Please allow me to introduce myself.
I am an Assistant Prof. in Mechanical Engineering with ten years of teaching experience. Being overloaded with theory, I now plan to give physical shape to some of my ideas. This website has provided me a very enjoyable and informative journey into the domain of practical applications of all that theory.
I humbly accept that I have only been receiving info, and would be willing to give any possible theoretical inputs from various subjects like Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Vibrations, System Modeling and Analysis, Robotics, Mechatronics etc.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Fidel_YasuiParticipant
I haven’t read all the replies in this topic, but just wanna introduce myself, shortly. 😀 😀
34 years, live in Denmark, EU, and work as machinist on a MS SL-150SMC Lathe.
Im here to listen and learn stuff about Edgecam and the machines we have in the company (hopefully) and because i’m a geek.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Brenton_WolinParticipant
I just joined a few days ago, but have been away from my computer. I am a retired teacher who has the hobby of repairing and restoring old clocks and also trying to make miniature steams engines.. I have been using a Sherline lathe and mill and have noticed where more and more hobbyists are going to using CNC. Therefore I find it necessary to read and listen to the “experts” on a forum like this so that I too may become familiar with this format. Needless to say being a real novice, I will need all the help I can get if I want to update my lathe and mill to this type of system. ———Alice
8 months, 3 weeks ago Brenton_WolinParticipant
Hello all. My name is Brad I am a CNC Programmer for a small company in Missouri. I have been working with wood routers for about 10 years, but I have a strong background in manual and cnc metal working. Looking forward to spending time going through several of the threads here.
8 months, 3 weeks ago Kory_WhitledgeParticipant
Hey I am using a Microkinetics CNC express for a few different projects at work and joined the site to poke around and see what I can learn. Don’t really know enough to ask questions yet just gonna lurk till I can ask something that will make sense.
8 months ago Ned_WymerParticipant
Good Day Guys
We are here we read and learn when we are ready and experienced enough we come in to the game in mean time teach us more
thanks and regards
8 months ago Dan_DrybreadParticipant
I am a new member. Just bought a 5 X 12 shopbot. Does anyone have 3d carving files they would share. When I get good enough I will share mine. The programing is harder than building.
8 months ago Eugenio_HarviliczParticipant
Just a draftsman, some programming, electronic hobbyest, r/c fan, and an all around tinker. Love to build stuff hopefully will be able to build first machine this fall, must build shop to put it in, current one too small. That is my story and I am sticking to it if my wife asks.;-) Great site and lots of information and great advice.
8 months ago Darwin_VantilParticipant
hello all ,
gosh!!!!! i just CANT write a simple hello…erased this 5 time now i got lots of questions ,i know about machining (been machining for about 10-11 years) but i dont know much about building cnc machines ,or the power of a stepper motor or the controlers,other than what i have read here and on other sites,better to not clutter up this with with all my questions ,still searching to see if i can find the answers that have already been posted here,so as not to go in circles over and over asking the same question that im sure have been answered already!!
there i go again rambling on better quit while im ahead….
8 months ago Guillermo_NanezParticipant
Nice informative site here. Seems to be lots of great experience/advice to share. As for myself………Just a stupid machinist. I’ve been around the trade for 15 years now, making plastic injection molds for 10+, and five years of swiss turning. I work in a small tool & die shop where we do our own little thing.
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