I would really like to hear from anyone with advice on the software side to use on a Linux based computer.
This a Forum for helping people with their own Arduino projects. It is not a Linux forum.I suspect you will get a lot more help on some of the many CNC forums.Are you aware that there is a program called LinuxCNC ?...r
Feel free to talk about anything and everything in this board.
If you are going to buy a small machine off the shelf so to speak please make sure there are NO 3d printed parts involved. You may have to pay a little extra for such a machine but you will thank me later LOL.Once you get above a certain size the G-CODE control mechanisms change from mostly GRBL based to MACH based.However once you have played with a smaller machine moving up to a MACH based machine is quite a short learning curve as you will already have most of the basics down pat.Better also to avoid those that have the Arduino NANO based control board approach and go for the UNO based.Currently use my stuff mostly on hardwood so I know if I slow them down even just a small amount they would also be fine for Aluminium.Don't know what your budget is but a decent size laser of 5W or greater is a fantastic addition and opens up the machine to a lot of new areas.Don't use Linux here so cannot say much in that aspect.BobThis pic might get your juices flowing LOL
Are you aware that there is a program called LinuxCNC ?
However once you have played with a smaller machine moving up to a MACH based machine is quite a short learning curve
Yes The clock is only one of many wonderful objects I made that keep the wife gasping and allowing me to spend so much time with Arduino and my machines. It was simply a combination of open source artwork / clipart put together in a couple of hours and then machined into a chunk of red maple.
Side note for Danger is that with cheap diamond bits from China you can also lightly engrave on stone ! Or with a 10/15W laser also write directly on quite a few types of stone.
Was going to ask how you are doing with your set up.