So a a couple of years ago I got a cheap used 3d printer. It was painful but I learned a ton. Mostly what I learned was I don’t know much about electronics or cad or any of that stuff. Then I run into the MPCNC. I had to have one! so I started building an AM8 to print the parts. But I became impatient so I purchased the MPCNC printed parts and built the frame and then it sat as life got in the way. But hey it’s cool, it’s time and I really want to get this working!. My boys want to see this working and they are super interested.
My goal is to do a lazer engraver cutter (We want to make some game boards). First I will do the pen thing and get the machine and software working. I plan on purchasing the electronics bundle in the next month or so but…
#1 What do I learn first?
#2 Which software should get/buy and start learning?
I’m confused on
#3 which ones I need, which ones work best together?
The 3d printing makes sense to me in that I have a cad that I import into a slicer program, that I then set my print parameters that I then send to the printer and then in time my “idea” comes out of the nozzle and ta-da! there it is.
I do understand that the cnc world is all g-code and Marlin (which I do not know how to do! (so does that mean I’m done for?) but there are conversion programs right? And I’m sure those will have to be manipulated like the slicer programs in order to get the carve or burn or drawing smooth and correct, right?
can you tell I’m a bit lost?
I’ve just downloaded Inkscape, I’ve played with Fusion (really terrible and slow at it!) I just want to do some flat stuff.
I have looked at Lightburn, VCarve stuff at open builds… Mach3?
#4 Will cnc plasma stuff work I see lots of info out there on that. Seems like it works well together…
#5 Where do I begin?
Thanks a bunch!