This page is meant to show you the softwares that we recommend and give you a sense of what they do and where you can access them. Move on to the next page if you'd like to continue with the tutorial.
Once you've created your parts, you will then need a CAM program to generate the commands (g-code) which your Mill One will use to make the right movements to carve your item. There are CAM softwares that can create g-code files from 2D drawings, and there are others that can make the files from 3D objects.
When it comes to using a CNC machine, it's essential to find a CAM software that you're most comfortable with. This will enable you to quickly transition from drawing/modelling to creating your g-code so that you can start cutting right away. For beginners, we have two great suggestions for software that is simple, free, and cloud-based. You can find links to the software below, along with introductory videos.
Note: it's important to know that CAM software will always do what you tell it to do. This means that if you tell the software that your material is 10mm thick and it's only 5mm thick, the machine WILL mill into your platform. Double-checking your numbers and visualizing your code is always important before starting a cutting operation.
CAMLab is our very own 2.5D and 3D CAM software which allows you to create g-code toolpaths using 3D, STL files through your browser. We've been working hard on it so that it can be easy to use while having a variety of very powerful features. Cut 2.5D profiles, and 3D reliefs with ease by generating the gcode through your browser, exporting it to your computer, and using a gcode sender like UGS to run it on your machine! CAMLab is based off of Kiri:Moto so Stewart Allen (the creator of Kiri:Moto) deserves a lot of credit for all his great work.
While CAMLab is still in beginning iterations, we will continue to be working on implementing new features for it, so stay tuned!
Access CAMLab here: http://camlab.sienci.com/camlab
Kiri:Moto is a 2.5D and 3D CAM software which allows you to create g-code toolpaths using STL files through your browser. To add to it's convenience, Onshape has support for Kiri:Moto as a plugin. This means that you can create your 3D files in Onshape and bring them into Kiri in the same browser window! Stewart Allen (the creator) is a great guy who works hard to keep the software updated and working well.
The following is our video on how to use Kiri:Moto. This same video will be shown later to teach you how to generate a CAM toolpath for your first project.
Access Kiri:Moto here: https://grid.space/kiri/?sm:CAM