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World’s First Mac OS X CAM Software + CNC Software Suite

Nov 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Guest-Post, Software  //  8 Comments
Mac CAM Software

Hello, CNC’ers!

I get tons of cards and letters from Mac users who love the fact that our G-Wizard software works on Mac OS X natively.  But they want more.  Yeah, sure you can run Parallels or do something similar to get Windows on the Mac and access your CNC software that way, but that’s not what they’re looking for.  Robert G. is offering the world’s first Mac CAM software for those folks.  I’ll let him tell the rest of the story:

 

Hi- Robert from GRZ Software here again.  Bob was kind enough to invite me to make a big announcement.  MeshCAM, the CAM software that I develop, is now up and running on the Mac.

As far as I know, this makes MeshCAM the first commercially-available CAM software for Mac/OS X.

Mac CNC software is something that users have been requesting in greater numbers for the past couple of years.  Short of a few CAD programs, GWizard is about the only CNC-related software that runs natively on the Mac.  (Good work Bob!)

Porting and supporting most CAM software from Windows to Mac would be an unprofitable endeavor.  It’s only because MeshCAM was based on a cross-platform user interface library ( wxWidgets ) 10 years ago that porting it to Mac was even a consideration.  Without that decision a long time ago, this port would not be possible without a significant rewrite.  (Side note from Bob W.–same for G-Wizard software.  We chose Adobe AIR because it lets us run on PC, Mac, and eventually iOS + Android mobile devices.)

The first beta was released to about a hundred users two weeks ago.  So far, all bugs reported from those users have been fixed and it’s ready for a wider audience.

If you’re interested in learning more, a placeholder page is at MeshCAM for Mac.  Signup there to get the latest download link and to be made aware of new releases.

If the current progress continues, you can expect a stable release in the next month.  (And GWizard won’t be so lonely on the Mac)

In the mean time, if you buy a copy of MeshCAM from CNCCookbook while the current sale is running, the license code will activate both the Windows and Mac version.

 

Thanks Robert!

As he says, we do have a sale running.  Click through the “buy a copy” link to see what’s up with that.  Choose one of those packages and type “15OFF” into the coupon code on the shopping cart and you’ll get another 15% off those already discounted prices.  You’ll be able to run Meshcam (the easiest CAM package I ever tried) plus the G-Wizard Calculator and the G-Wizard G-Code Editor / Simulator all natively on your Mac under OS X.

Update:

We’ve got some great deals on MeshCAM and MeshCAM + G-Wizard available every day.

 

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8 Comments

  • I just produced a 3 million line file of gcode today that my machine will be working on for the next 5 hours.
    Meshcam works, it’s easy, and it’s powerful!

    • You want Printrun Mac. It is what you connect your ramps 1.4 hardware too. After outputting your g-code, open the file with Printrun Mac. It will send the g-code to your hardware. Oh and it’s free. Getting your gcode is what the CAM software does.

      Good Luck
      Reprap.org is a good place to start researching.

  • Meshcam Mac OSX ? Meshcam’s website – software workflow- cad-cam-cnc controller.
    The website has EMC and Mach3 control software. These do not work on Mac OSX.
    Is there any cnc control software and motion controller I can use with and plug my Mac USB into?

    • Budd, let’s be sure we’re on the same page here. Meshcam doesn’t promise to be CNC Control software for any machine–it’s CAM software, plain and simple, and it definitely runs on PC’s and Mac’s.

      I am not aware of any control software that runs natively on a Mac. Perhaps one of our readers knows of something.

  • Bob, I know Meshcam is not a CNC control software. My point is why make CAM software for a Mac if the files can’t be sent to the cnc machine from the same computer.
    I have been looking for a way to connect a Mac to a cmc router. You would think one of the major players in the business would make this possible.
    Cad/Cam/Control software for a Mac. Sounds simple to me.
    Thanks for your reply.

    • BD, for the majority of folks, the CADCAM is on a different machine than the control. There are a lot of reasons for it and it’s just the way things are. I’ve got a Macbook Air, and I don’t much want it hanging around the shop waiting to get scratched up by chips and such.

      • My only experience is with the Shapeoko CNC router so caveat emptor. But as I understand it, the actual CNC controller is an Arduino-based card. A Mac can output the toolpaths (*.nc file) via a USB connection to the Arduino.

  • I just stumbled on a CNC control software for the mac. It’s riceCNC: http://www.ricecnc.com/RiceCNC/Welcome.html

    It uses a single board computer to do the interpolation and real-time needs of a step and direction machine.

    I haven’t used it, but I really like the concept of a single board computer for the determinism fed from a non-real-time OS. I’ve been an emc user for years, and while it works, the proliferation of really cheap single board computers with GPIO pins makes the need for a RTOS go away.

    Sheldon

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