View Full Version : OT:Is there a low cost DXF to CNC software?

07-08-2010, 02:27 PM
Hello all, Sorry to bother you all. I know that this has been a topic before but I don't have too much luck with the search function here. In a previous post I gloated with a photo of my new toy. It's a Laser and turret punch press. I utilizes the Bosch "CC330" control. Standard G and M code. This is all new to me. If anyone out there has a suggestion as to a low cost or free software package that translates autocad DXF, HPGL, IGES or the like and translates it into G&M code standards that would be awsome. Many years ago I used a program called NC-Autocode. They are no longer in business. Finding this out took care of that plan. All I really need it to do is two dimensions, X and Y. Manual editing is OK for the short term.

Thanks in advance.


07-08-2010, 02:56 PM
Try Mach3 from ArtSoft


Mach3 will import a .DXF file and convert it to G-Code.

Not always 100% perfect, often will need a tweek on a line or 2.

Tom M.

07-08-2010, 03:58 PM
The DXF to Gcode in Mach3 is not very good. It has been pretty much abandoned. There are other cheap cam packages out there. CamBam, LazyCam, TurboCAD/CAM and even BobCAD/CAM if you can deal with the sales guys. All of these are under $300 and CamBam and LazyCam are under a $100.

07-08-2010, 05:52 PM
What CAD package are you using?

John Stevenson
07-08-2010, 06:00 PM
oNE OF THE CHEAPEST I HAVE SEEN THAT WORKS [ unlike this bloody keybOaRd ]

Is Vectric's Cut2D http://www.vectric.com (http://www.vectric.com/) brings a DXF in and outputs G and M code.
Post processor is customisable but they will do you a special for free if you can supply them an example.

One nice thing about it is that it's one of the best pieces of software for making good bad DXF file that don't quite meet etc.
in fact I often bring a file into Cut2D, repair it and export it again.


07-08-2010, 06:10 PM
Andy has changed the trial version of Cam Bam Plus so that even after it expires it will still generate several hundred lines of G code. If you haven't tried it or haven't tried it recently the program is becoming very versatile with a lot of nice features.

Full Disclosure: I get a free copy for testing it. I have also written a script for Cam Bam that generates all sorts of shapes including spiral milling and all kinds of polygons with or without mesh. It's a free download at

http://vts.bc.ca/misc/SpiralPollyGone mesh_v2.9.vbx

If you download it change the extension back to .vbs



John Stevenson
07-08-2010, 06:14 PM
You got the latest copy with the associated tree view ?

07-08-2010, 06:17 PM
Latest as of when? I was just on the site a few days ago. I'm using release 7F

John Stevenson
07-08-2010, 06:22 PM
Drop Andy a line, it's not on general release yet.

[edit] Andy took me thru it at Harrogate in May 2010

07-08-2010, 06:23 PM
SheetCam TNG 110 (Windows)

also available for Linux (no price listed)



01-20-2012, 01:09 PM
Been using DeskCNC for seven years and love it.

Free trial download

Buy it for a few hundred bucks

Easy to learn


01-20-2012, 02:53 PM
+1 for Vectric stuff, Cut2D Cut3d or Vcarve Pro.
Great software and superb support.

01-20-2012, 03:16 PM
When I first started in CNC, I found


It was pretty basic 5-6 years ago, but has come a long way since then. I don't know all the features.

It's the only one that I know of that does both lathe and mill, and is $50.

Bob does support it well too.

I've outgrown it, but for typical home shop stuff, it could well be all you need.

01-20-2012, 03:26 PM
Im finding out, low cost and cnc software does not go together in the same sentence!

You get what you pay for....

01-20-2012, 03:36 PM
I would say that Vectric does not totally fall into that category. You must demo Cut2D or Vectric. ;-)

John Stevenson
01-20-2012, 03:45 PM
For a free one take a look at this.


01-20-2012, 03:55 PM
Old thread...

HeeksCAD and heekscnc is somewhat new. Also FreeCAD



Weston Bye
01-20-2012, 04:04 PM
Another vote for Vectric.

J. R. Williams
01-20-2012, 06:02 PM
Try Ace Converter. It is a free download.

01-20-2012, 06:56 PM
CamBam - no contest :D


01-20-2012, 07:49 PM
Definitely CamBam. The latest version is really nice.