I have a question about computer speed. Please understand I am very challenged when it comes to computers. I turn them on and expect them to work if they don’t I am hammered. I bought a computer with a much faster processor and want to use it for creating projects while using the old computer to run CM. Plan on using a flash drive to move the projects from one to another.
Does carbide motion require more or less processing speed than CC.
I know that CC requires a lot to process large files, but does CM require the same amount when cutting the same project?
Thank You for your patience.
CM actually requires very, very little processing power. Because basically it does not do any data crunching, it “just” reads G-code lines in a file and sends that over the serial interface to the machine, repeatedly.
There are compatiblity requirements on the operating system version, but processor-wise, even the weakest oldest CPU can run it. Some people run it on cheap Windows tablets, that have very low-end processors.
Using an older computer to use CM in the shop is a great idea, and very is common.
As Julien said almost any computer will work. However if you make complicated or large projects a faster computer helps. I would not buy a new computer just for cc but if you do other cpu/memory apps then you can benefit from a fast computer with lots of memory.
I use a middle-of-the-road PC bought in 2011 to run Carbide Motion. That should give you an idea of what it takes to run CM.
I run CM off of an old HP Pavillion laptop from 2007…it’s been upgraded with an SSD & Win10. And it keeps running. Biggest issue I have with it is that the screen brightness has degraded over the years. But it still works!
Thank you to all that took the time to respond.
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