OK. I think I’m finally able to speak on this matter. It has been bugging me for a long time.
I finally worked my way through solidworks. I set up the machine, added travels, speeds, rapids, etc. and properly set up the machine in solidworks cam.
After that, I modeled a simple part (followed a youtube video). I know how to use solidworks CAD fairly well…but first foray into CAM. So, I followed a tutorial through youtube. Honestly, solidworks CAM to me was much…MUCH easier. Perhaps it’s because I’m already familiar with Solidworks workspace and fusion to me is learning a new thing…but I was actually impressed and really liked it. I then contacted onefinity to ask if there is any update on the solidworks post processor. The answer was no.
I then asked onefinity if I can use the carbide 3D Grbl post from Hawkridge. Their statement was that in theory it should work. I tried it…doesn’t work.
Built into the solidworks cam is the post processor for Mach3, with and without G54. I started there.
The first line kills it where it gives it command to go to absolute x,y,z zero for tool change. It wants to probe, and after about 15mm travel it errors out.
I edited the gcode file and removed that line completely.
I GOT IT TO WORK!!! But it does require modification to the code when it come to the m06 command.
I’m learning the gcode by diving in head first and sink or swim.
Here are my outtakes:
- if you are just doing 3D carves … stick with something like vectric.
- if you are like me and you like to make functional parts…solidworks or fusion 360 is great. I want to machine aluminimum, properly, clamped in a vise, like a true milling machine. Also wood, but same thing. I really bought this machine to make plastic, wood, composite, and soft metal functional parts for projects. For that, if you’re already doing the cad design for parts, machining them from there is the way to go.
- if you have to learn a new software (Cad + cam), stick with fusion360 as it will get you started RIGHT NOW. But you really do have to get the paid version.
- if you want to figure out solidworks…jump in with me. I would like to figure it out.
- if you have figure out how to program parts using stl with feature recognition in aspire…contact me! Because I can’t.