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I am presently volunteering in a workshop that have a General I-Carver Model 40-913. Model to carve are generated using the I-Picture software. I find that this software limits what I would like to do. The software generates "carving" files having a .gee extension.

I use "Onshape" CAD software to design parts. I can also generate the G-code file (.nc extension) to manuacture these parts using the "Kiri:Moto" software (an add-on to Onshape).

Could someone tell me if I can use G-code files with the General I-Carver Model 40-913?

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Welcome to the forum, Jean! I'm not familiar with that so unfortunately can't answer your question. I use Fusion 360 and Mach4 and the extension I get use is *.tap. Can you search the Onshape help files to find this out... maybe someone else who can answer your question will be along shortly.

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Try opening a .gee file using notepad and take a look. They may be g-code files just using the .gee extension. If so note the first few and last few lines (the setup and shutdown lines). You will need to make sure your g-code files use these same instructions. After that you may need to just rename your g-code files to match. All g-code is plain text files, no matter the extension.

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Thank you very much Richard! I will try this sometime next week and will let you know of the outcome.

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Good evening Richard,

Following your advice I was able to control our General I-Carver CNC machine using a G-Code file. I simply changed the .nc extension of the file by a .gee extension.

Thank you very much for your guidance,
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Glad to hear it worked. I’m sure that this will greatly increase the versatility of the machine. Profile and vector carving can be much quicker than raster carving.
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Hi Richard,

I hope that you can help me on this one. I am experiencing difficulties with the software (KIRI:MOTO) I'm presently using to generate G-code from a CAD 3D drawing made in Onshape.

Would you be aware of a good sofware (ideally free) that could generate G-code from a .dxf file?

My research made on Internet didn't help me much.

Your advice would really be appreciated.

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Search for "free CAM software" and you should find several possible links. Fusion 3D is (I think) free for hobbyists.
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Thank you very much Richard!
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