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Converting .DXF file to .nc file

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A client has asked me if I can give them a .nc file so they can directly input into their cnc machines.

I know that I can save an autocad drawing, or objects in a drawing, as a .DXF file.

I also know that i can purchase, or obtain an open-source version of, software that will then convert the .DXF file to a .nc file.

Currently, my company does not do 3-d models.

I have not dealt with this before, so, I am wondering if my drawings will need to be 3-d in order for the .nc code to be correctly read.


Is anybody familiar with this?

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Depends. Does the NC controller require a Z coordinate?


- if it's for a lathe or a flatbed cutter, probably not.

- if it's for a 5-axis milling machine, definitely.

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