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 under the terms of the GNU GPLv2 (General Public License version 2).

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Tiny, tiny screws

LinuxCNC developer Chris Radek originally wrote spindle-synchronized threading before the software was even called LinuxCNC. Much later, he used LinuxCNC to create these crazy-small screws for his glases frames (the US dime shown for scale is 18mm diameter): Blog post

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