Software

The recommended software workflow for cutting parts on your CrossFire and CrossFire PRO is outlined below. Please note whether your system requires the use of Langmuir System's FireControl Motion Control Software (CROSSFIRE PRO) or Artsoft's Mach3 (CROSSFIRE).

Creating and cutting out your projects is a 3-step process that starts with designing or utilizing previously designed projects. Next, you will program toolpaths from these designs for use on the CrossFire CNC. Finally, you will use the programmed toolpaths to cut the parts out on the CrossFire.

Langmuir Systems has published guides for each step of this process that you can find by following the links below. Links to download the required programs are also listed below.

DESIGN → PROGRAM → CUT


DESIGN Your Part (CAD)


The first step in creating parts for the CrossFire is designing or using previously designed projects. To accomplish this, Langmuir Systems supports to use of Autodesk Fusion 360: a powerful design CAD and CAM software that is free to use for hobbyists and small businesses with less than $100k revenue per year (after approval from Autodesk). You can design your own custom 2D & 3D parts right in Fusion, or you can simply import your own part files from your favorite CAD program. The software is easy-to-use for beginners new to drafting, and we have published a comprehensive video guide covering installation, basic use, and designing real parts.

PROGRAM Your Part (CAM)


The next step in the process is to create the toolpaths from the part file that will be followed by the CrossFire™ machine when cutting. Once your part is designed, you will use Autodesk Fusion 360's plasma CAM feature to program toolpaths based on the part geometry that you want to cut. Here you will specify cutting parameters such as cut speed, pierce delay, and lead-in geometry and Fusion will export these toolpaths as a G-code file that can be read by your machine's controller software (FireControl or Mach3).

CUT Your Part


Please note whether your system requires the use of Langmuir System's FireControl Motion Control Software (CROSSFIRE PRO) or Artsoft's Mach3 (CROSSFIRE).

The final step in the process is to cut out your part on the CrossFire™ machine using either FireControl or Mach3 Control software. By uploading the G-code file that was created in Autodesk Fusion 360 in the previous step, the machine now has a set of instructions for completing the desired cut. Simply place your material on the machine and press start to execute the program.

FireControl

Mach3