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PyCAM

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Description

Open Source CAM - Toolpath Generation for 3-Axis CNC machining

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Features

  • read and write STL model files
  • engraving of 2D contour models (from SVG/DXF/PS)
  • generate GCode
  • configurable tools, processes and boundaries
  • customizable support bridges
  • interactive 3D model view
  • engraving single-line fonts
  • estimate machine time for each toolpath
  • scale, move, rotate, flip and transform 2D/3D models
  • 2D projection
  • multi-layered 2D models
  • extrusion of 2D models with configurable slopes
  • non-interactive GCode generation via commandline
  • uses multiple CPU cores automatically
  • server/client mode for distributed calculations

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User Reviews

  • whillbert
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    I have to start tried pycam in the terminal and receive the following error message. Psyco is not available (performance will probably suffer slightly) Enabled 2 parallel local processes Font directory: /Users/werner/Downloads/pycam-0.5.1/share/fonts ** Gtk:ERROR:gtkrecentmanager.c:2074:get_icon_fallback: assertion failed: (retval != NULL) Abort logout Software Installed: X11 Macports XQuartz OSX 10.7.5

    Posted 03/04/2014
  • swarmmaster
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    The program saves in a file format that it cannot open (SVG). To do so requires something like 8 other tools to be installed, the latest versions of these tools do not work with PyCam so you must reconstruct the correct tool chain bit by bit. There is basically no supporting documentation for what the expected versions are, nor exactly what other support programs are required. It is left to the end user to painfully unravel the errors and track down rare DLLs. The program might be nice if it were maintained with enough documentation to install it but as it presently stands this is not the case and it is unusable as a fresh installation.

    Posted 03/23/2012
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Additional Project Details

Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop, Engineering

User Interface

GTK+, OpenGL

Programming Language

Python

Registered

2008-08-25
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