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 +====== Step 4: Get More Software! ======
 +
 +If you're new to all this (like wot I is) you might think LinuxCNC is all you need - after all, we just got it to [[3-mill_something|write its name]] using the mill, right?
 +
 +**WRONG!**
 +
 +LinuxCNC takes G-Code (a very low-level sort of code describing the toolpath) and spits out motor control signals for the mill's electronics. If you learn G-Code you can do some stuff by hand-coding but if you want to draw something fancy in a 3D CAD package and then make it on the mill there'​s a few more steps to go through.
 +
 +<WRAP center round todo 60%>
 +**Work in progress**\\
 +Some useful links to packages can be found here: [[https://​wiki.shapeoko.com/​index.php/​CAM#​3D]]
 +</​WRAP>​
 +
 +
 +===== CAD =====
 +
 +  * [[http://​www.openscad.org/​|Openscad]] because it's free, cross-platform,​ and I'm better at programming than drawing.
 +  * [[https://​hackaday.com/​2015/​12/​25/​linuxcnc-features-is-the-garage-fabs-missing-cam-tool/​|‘LinuxCNC-Features’ is the Garage-Fab’s Missing CAM Tool]] now knowsn as [[https://​forum.linuxcnc.org/​nativecam|NativeCAM]] and [[https://​forum.linuxcnc.org/​nativecam/​32891-use-nativecam-as-a-deb-package-now|available as a package]] apparently.
 +
 +===== CAM =====
 +
 +  * [[http://​pycam.sourceforge.net/​|PyCam]] because it's free and cross-platform again.
 +  * [[http://​www.cambam.info/​ref/​ref.linux|CamBam]] appears to offer a Linux version but I haven'​t looked into it.
 +
 +===== Drawing / Design =====
 +
 +  * [[https://​inkscape.org/​|Inkscape]] free open-source vector drawing package that can save SVG and DXF.
 +
 +===== Editing =====
 +
 +  * [[https://​kate-editor.org/​|Kate]] text editor, my editor of choice.
  
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