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OK guys, as some of you know, I am in the process of getting a CNC machine up and running. I know some of you have to use this stuff out there. I have a custom gantry being built 4'X8'

The rack and pinion gearing is 1 revolution = 2.375" for x and Y and
the Z axis .100" per revolution

So I am looking at either servo motors or stepper motors NEMA size 23, at least 250oz holding if not bigger, actually prefer bigger. Also looking for an appropriate controller and software to run this beast. Of course not looking to spend more than I have to! Any leads or ideas where i can get this stuff? How about anyone who has some experience setting this up?

I guess my priorities are getting the motors and an appropriate controller which I can run off the PC which translates .dxf files into G code and then sends it to the controller which runs the CNC machine!
 

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What kind (function) of cnc machine did you purcahse? For the motors, look in the thomas register and you should be able to find plenty of places to help. As for a controller, its been a while, but when I used to program the most common was a Fanuc control. As for software, I'm sure there are hundreds of choices. I would recommend Mastercam. If the software is to expensive then you could always write your programs and manually enter them into your controller (not to complicated to write a program).
 
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