LinuxCNC controls CNC machines. It can drive milling machines, lathes, 3d printers, laser cutters, plasma cutters, robot arms, hexapods, and more.

  • Runs under Linux (optionally with realtime extensions).

  • Simple installation on Debian and Ubuntu, or via our Live/Install DVD/USB images.

  • Accepts G-code input, drives CNC machines in response.

  • Active user community.

  • Several different GUIs available.

  • Compatible with many popular machine control hardware interfaces.

  • Supports rigid tapping, cutter compensation, and many other advanced control features.

  • Full source code available under the terms of the GNU GPLv2 (General Public License version 2).


Matsuura retrofit

Aptly-named forum user “skunkworks” has been working this year to retrofit a Matsuura MC 500v2. The long-running forum thread covers topics like rigging up a spindle encoder that detects the passing teeth of a 69-tooth gear, wiring up a whole pile of Mesa hardware, through setting up the tool changer and doing some rigid tapping.

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