Another recent posting by Jackery about his Stepperhead finally pushed me over the edge into the world of CNC (my compliments to Alan on his incredible machine I might add). So I ordered up a couple of CNC books that were recommended on a past thread to get some foundational knowledge. They have yet to arrive.
I do have a well equipped manual shop with good fundamental knowledge in the use of same, as well as good electronic skills and test equipment, computer skills, including Basic/Fortran programming ability and a late model laptop to dedicate to any CNC project. Unfortunately, I do not have ANY knowledge of CNC software.
I thought it might be a good beginners project to couple my 8" rotary turntable and/or my semi-universal dividing head to a stepper and control it with my laptop. I realize there is a dedicated controller available (Division Master) with a CNC interface, or a dedicated programmable controller, something like a STAMP, but I was wondering if there is a basic CNC control program that could be used in lieu (4th axis?) and at the same time teach me CNC program use? Maybe something I can continue to use as I move up to a homemade CNC machine?