LinuxCNC – the best CNC machines control software

LinuxCNC controls CNC machines. It can drive milling machines, lathes, 3D printers, laser cutters, plasma cutters, robot arms, hexapods, and more.

  • Runs under Linux (optionally with realtime extensions).
  • Simple installation on Debian and Ubuntu, or via our Live/Install DVD/USB images.
  • Accepts G-code input, drives CNC machines in response.
  • Active user community.
  • Several different GUIs available.
  • Compatible with many popular machine control hardware interfaces.
  • Supports rigid tapping, cutter compensation, and many other advanced control features.
  • Full source code available under the terms of the GNU GPLv2 (General Public License version 2).

LaserGRBL – best DIY laser control software

LaserGRBL – best DIY laser control software

http://lasergrbl.com/

LaserGRBL is one of the best Windows GCode streamer for DIY Laser Engraver. LaserGRBL is able to load and stream GCode path to arduino, as well engrave images, pictures and logo with internal conversion tool.

Unlike other GUI, LaserGRBL it is specifically developed for use with hobbist laser cutter and engraver. In order to use all the features your engraver must supports power modulation through S command.

With image engraving (raster to gcode convertion) LaserGRBL could be a good free and easy alternative to picengrave, benbox, T2laser for who don’t need more then a simple and effective tool.