I’ve been looking at free ways to accomplish things I thought I would use s CNC router for and I’ve stumbled on a couple that I hope will be as cool as they look:
For generating designs, F-Engrave converts a graphic into a two color representation using either dots of different diameters or lines of different widths Several free CAD programs make dwgs and dxfs that Fusion likes, and FreeCAD can also import and convert a long list of file types. There are lots of others that I want to check out, like Halftoner, Reactor, G-Code Ripper, DMP2Gcode (for converting heightmaps), but need the machine in hand. If you’re going to use Fusion 360 for gcode generation, Inkscape is a good choice for some conversions because it can load a graphic and turn it into lines and shapes, and it saves SVGs, which Fusion sort of likes.
For senders there’s the standby UGS, but I’ve also air tested SourceRabbit, grblgru,Candle CNC, etc.
I think the finding, testing, and tweaking software will be one of the fun challenges. We should make sure a category for software likes/dislikes is kept up.