I recently was trying to optimize machining times. Carbide Create gives an estimate by each operation, but it cant show you improvements made by lowering z safe height, or by improvements made in a post processor. To get the best estimate of machining times, you need to plug the g code into Carbide Motion.
Unfortunately, in order to use carbide motion, I need to be standing in my garage, plugged into the machine. This would all be well and good if it weren’t winter in Canada. And my garage has spiders. I would much rather do this optimization sitting on my couch with Daredevil playing in the background.
Is there any plans to add offline use of Carbide Motion? It would help a great deal in experimenting with machining times, away from the machine.
You could try using an online g-code viewer. I have been using “g-code simulator” for years to look at my g-code before cutting it. g-code simulator
It gives estimated time for cutting as well, which is nice.
Another g-code viewer is “NC Viewer”. It has a bit nicer interface, and a few options to have it walk through the code so you can see it travel the cutting paths, but it doesn’t give the cutting extents, or cutting time.
You could also try a grbl CNC simulator. Make the computer think its plugged into a CNC.
this is actually quite clever. lets you stay in the carbide motion app
I like this a lot. Might make editing g code easier than in notepad ++. There is always a small part of me worried i am editing the wrong part.
I also use NC viewer to quickly check gcode.
If I need to check the gcode ($C) or test something I usually have an Arduino with Grbl laying around. I then use a sender like bcnc, cncjs, or gSender to visualize and test.
@MadHatter What are you doing with the truth table engraving?
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