Subject: Re: Linux CNC control
From: Bernard Lang <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 23:14:32 +0100

if you want a CAD library, there is a big, professional, open-souce one:

I dont not know whether there is yet a full CAD system on top.

bernard lang

On Thu, Jan 27, 2000 at 04:35:10PM -0500, Brian Bartholomew wrote:
> (Kirrily 'Skud' Robert) writes:
> > Scuse my lack of TLA lookup facilities, but CNC?
> Say you want to manufacture a few copies of a widget, such as the
> belt-clip pager-sized clamshell case for an Itsy-type Linux box.  You
> should be able to draw the case in a Computer Aided Design (CAD)
> program, plan how to cut it out of a solid block of plastic with a
> Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) program, and execute that plan by
> driving a sharp rotating cutter around with a Computer Numerical
> Control (CNC) program.
> This is mostly a solved problem.  The machine tools to do this fit on
> a desktop and cost under $5K.  The software to drive them is either on
> the wrong platform, far too expensive, stupid, source-closed, or all
> of those.  I want to write the software I would want to use, for
> Linux, and get paid for doing so.
> A member of the League for Programming Freedom (LPF)
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