Hey all, been a bit since I posted last. In the intervening time I’ve got my kit ordered and got my license keys for software not long ago. Just wanting to make sure I have things correct:
Vcarve: design software, I can use it on whatever system I want to do design work on. IE I can use this in the comfort of my house and personal computer, then save/export files to be used in Mach4.
Mach4: this needs to be installed on the system directly attached to the CNC system, as it is the controller software for the whole platform.
The Mach4 instruction page also mentions Vectric and SheetCam - are those necessary/needed plugins or pieces of software to make the system work or alternate design platforms to Vcarve?
My machine is still in shipping boxes while I get the workship cleaned up, re-arranged, and wired for the necessary power; just trying to nail down final details before I actually try to stand things up and get them going.
Gotchya. But for basic ‘get started/out of the box’ functionality to work with wood, all I need is the VCarve Pro for design and Mach4 for machine control?
I have watched a number of the videos and have done a bit of tutorial work with taking designs I’ve had on paper for hand-cutting and putting them into the system but that was on trial software before I ever got the system shipped.
I have a Mac friend who would readily agree with you. However, both Fusion360 and FreeCAD have MacOS binaries, and both offer integrated CAD/CAM. I’ll add that my friend has been known to swear at both of them
I use macOS for my CAD/CAM, and it works quite well for my workflow, even though Mach 4 is running on a Windows machine.
The macOS 3D pipeline is actually really excellent, and way ahead of what Windows is doing. The problem is, an application has to be built for that pipeline, and it is difficult for cross-platform apps to utilize it in an abstract way.
I wrote compilers/IDEs for Windows for about 7 years at Borland, and then worked at Apple for 13 years on their frameworks (mainly the UI frameworks, like AppKit and UIKit).
It’s been a bit of a pain to go back to Windows programming for do Lua coding for Mach 4. Having a true UNIX core on macOS has so many benefits.
Ok, so you don’t use Windows 10 or 11. Cool. Both boot in under 9 seconds from a cold start. And don’t forget your M1 based machine is always on. It’s essentially giant iPad. Same OS kernal, same chip, same low power sleep mode…
And I ain’t giving them another penny of my money! Nothing I have on the 8 Macs I own will work with that stupid M1 machine! Not a single peripheral save a stupid mouse and keyboard.
You took the Apple fanboi bait and I yanked out of the water and tossed you in the frying pan.
Again, nothing I own, none of the terribly expensive audio and video editing equipment will work between the versions of Mac I currently own. And the new M1 machines are completely incompatible with all of that previous equipment yet again.
I would imagine so. Microsoft has squeezed that OS in to some tiny places including every single ARM based system with a minimum of 2GB of RAM. So M1 and M2 Mac would probably have a very nice integration.
But lets end this on a positive note, Intel and the CISC architecture is coming to an end. Of the many thousands of nodes in AWS that I manage for my clients, nearly 1/3rd have been moved to Amazon’s custom ARM EC2s. By summer 2023 there will be zero Intel based system in the cloud that my company, subnoize llc manages.
To give you an idea, the Amazon ARM chips can boot in less than 500 ms or less than a half of a second (full OS). If you consider they are squeezing 512 cores on average now in these single pieces of silicon things get really interesting really quickly. Amazon’s Fire Linux boots in 17 ms, btw.
So here is my prediction going forwards; ARM is king for hardware BUT most applications will be streamed so it really doesn’t matter what OS or hardware you have.
Case in point, as you all are aware of but probably forget, I am currently part of the beta testers for the streamed Fusion 360 project. What makes me laugh is in the forums for our group the Mac guys and gals are all very cross because the streaming OS is in fact Windows 11 ARM. So you still see the hints of Windows when you do things with files.