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    Default Can you use Fusion 360 CAM on a Prototrak CNC Mill or Lathe?

    Hello Forum,

    I am wondering whether you can use Fusion 360 generated G-code on a ProtoTrak CNC Mill or Lathe.
    I went to the ProtoTrak web site could not not easily find any idea as to whether there is a
    way to load G-code or is it all conversational?

    Thank you,

    Cismontguy

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    Here is the list of all the Autodesk CAM posts

    Post Library for Fusion 360 and Autodesk HSM | Autodesk HSM

    Not much use on the control side but it can produce code apparently ( and I had it bookmarked )

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    Ok, Thank you for the link. I should have thought about looking at Fusion 360
    rather than ProtoTrak?

    Cismontguy

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    Speak to Joseph in tech support, he can answer you questions.Depending on year model , it will most likely take a Fanuc 6T or 6M post to run code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cismontguy View Post
    Hello Forum,

    I am wondering whether you can use Fusion 360 generated G-code on a ProtoTrak CNC Mill or Lathe.
    I went to the ProtoTrak web site could not not easily find any idea as to whether there is a
    way to load G-code or is it all conversational?

    Thank you,

    Cismontguy
    Yes you can, do it almost daily here. Depending on what control your Trak machine has determines what post to use. I have one post for my AGE3 machine, another one for same but written for the add on DNC function, and a third that puts out code for my KMX machine that uses .GCD file extensions. Any control after the AGE3 can read and execute full 3 axis G-code files. AGE3 and earlier can read G-code but only run in 2 1/2 axis and file size is limited. You need a special no longer available dongle for full 3 axis movement and unlimited file length with that and earlier controls.

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    You can still find the DNC key but not through Southwest Industries. I bought one about 2 months ago from Marco Muralles (401-952-4022). I can now run full 3 axis on our 2001 Trak QuikCell, just had to change the post processor in Fusion to output DNC files. It seems to be working with no problems. I believe Marco said he had several DNC keys available.

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    Thanks for the reply and helpful information. I hope others will find it useful too. Unfortunately
    for me, I think this project has gone to someone else as I have not heard back from the company that
    I was trying to work with. Cismontguy.


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