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CNC Machining Handbook: Building, Programming, and Implementation by Alan Overby

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CHAPTER 6Control Software

There are several controller packages available to the user. Some are standalone software that support a wide range of hardware choices. Others are specific to work exclusively with a specific hardware controller, which would be considered a proprietary-based system and should be avoided if possible. Some are free whereas others almost require a second mortgage. As a user, your aim should be to find a controller package that is capable of interfacing and controlling hardware that is commonly available, as well as work with various peripheral devices. An Internet search with the key words “cnc controller software” will yield you a great number of choices. We will discuss the two most popular and powerful software controller ...

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