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Build Your Own CNC Machine by James Floyd Kelly, Patrick Hood-Daniel

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Chapter 18. Software and Testing

Now that you have your motors attached to your CNC machine, it's time to test! We'll start out by telling you where to download the special software you'll be using to control the CNC machine. Next, we'll show you how to properly configure the software. And finally, we'll give you some simple tests you can perform to verify you've wired up everything properly and that your CNC machine is ready for bigger and better things.

CAD, CAM, and Control Software

There are three types of software that you'll be using with your CNC machine. The first is CAD (computer-aided design). This is specialized software that allows you to design two- and three-dimensional objects for the CNC machine to cut, drill, and perform other actions ...

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