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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Bezier CAM is software developed for basic 2D/2.5D Modelling and Computer Aided Machining.
BezierCam is 2D/2.5D Cad / Cam Software developed around basic Idea, that any drawing/sketch can be quick turn into G-Code for various small CNC machines.
There are compilation available for Windows operating systems and Gnu/Linux
Unfortunately there is no Mac version. I just didn't have access to any rotten apples - cant test it correctly.
Windows came with own installer, Linux version is stand alone AppImage and it should work on 90% of distributions with no issues.
Software was mainly created for CNC FoamCuters / EDM, but it was extended to generate similar code to suit Laser/Plasma Cutters / Laser Engravers / 3 Axis CNC Mill's / Routers.
Automatic Edge Path Regeneration -
Algorithm takes picture loaded into background detecting edges and replacing bitmap picture into vector based sketch
Manual Drawing / Editing
if you want you can manually draw, or edit drawing
Wire/EDM G-code Generation with Automatic/Manual Bridge Connections
Code Generation, based Shape
Auto- Single Line/ Looped Segment detection
Laser/Plasma - three modes available for Laser/Plasma CNC
Cutting off around edges.
Image to PWM ( or experimental Image to Speed when power of laser is constant and just speed of drawing segment changes according to color of image )
Mill/Router - Two modes available here similar to Laser Plasma
Cutting of on edges -Engraving
Z-Brush (single path algorithm)
When I first build my CNC Hot Wire Cutter, I'm found i cant find any suitable software to quickly generate machine code ( G-Code ) to suit me.
All professional CAD/CAM system was to complicated & expensive and just flew offers plugins to generate code for Wire EDM CNC, which in basic concept is similar to CNC Hot Wire Cutters I'v developed.
First I wrote simply c++ program generating G-Code on base on .lwo object file, generated in modelling software from LightWave 3D package. But that was just long painful process using advanced 3D modeling software to generate flat 2 dimensional object then recalculated into basic vector lines and then into G-Code.
When I'v decided to develop new models of cnc machines, I decided to rewrite program with Basic idea of using background Image as template and drawing simple geometrical lines and Bezier curves to create wire paths witch can be recalculated into G-Code.
Later I'm start adding more features as automatic edge detection regeneration, features for other machines as Laser/Plasma CNC and 3 Axis Mill's.
Next on my hit list is to add some more functionality.
Add importing and exporting options for other vector file formats mainly DXF and DWG so popular in CNC word.
Add 3D visualizations, at this moment program use OpenGL library only in Orthographic mode.
Extend Mill/Router to algorithm for Z-Imaging with multiple stage.
this will speed up process of milling because first Router milling bigger parts of material roughly by bigger tool, in a shape and then it use one or two passes with very precision moves to get final effect.
Add tools options and tool edition section.
And extended program setting, to give a user the opportunity to change colors, default settings etc.