Understanding G Code

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Understanding G Code

Postby Clive » Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:44 pm

If G-Code is generated from QCAD/CAM can it be used by other CAM software or is the G-Code produced by QCAD/CAM only compatible for use by QCAD/CAM?
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Re: Understanding G Code

Postby andrew » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:04 pm

G-Code is not something you would usually use to transfer data between different desktop software packages. G-Code is a standard to control computer controlled machines. So the G-Code file would be typically transferred to a machine which then processes it.

The G-Code produced by QCAD/CAM can be configured and adjusted in any way desirable (using ECMAScript). This is done through the files in directory "postprocessors". So far, only two simple postprocessors ("G-Code configurations" if you want) are included: GCode (G41/G42) and GCode (Offset). These postprocessors produce very basic G-Code which should work with most machines without major adjustments.

Perhaps you have an example G-Code that works with your particular machine. I could tell you more based on that.

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Re: Understanding G Code

Postby Clive » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:20 pm

Thanks Andrew, got it and understood.
andrew wrote:Perhaps you have an example G-Code that works with your particular machine. I could tell you more based on that.


No, machine is not in the workshop yet, soon though 8)
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