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What Are the Differences between Mach3 and Mach4 Software?

  • Author:ChinaCNCzone
  • Release on:2016-11-30
What Are the Differences between Mach3 and Mach4 Software?
Mach3 turns a typical computer into a CNC machine controller. It is very rich in features and provides a great value to those needing a CNC control package. Mach3 works on most Windows PC’s to control the motion of motors (stepper & servo) by processing G-Code. While comprising many advanced features, it is the most intuitive CNC control software available. Mach3 is customizable and has been used for many applications with numerous types of hardware. And now all ChinaCNCzone mini CNC machine such as CNC 3040, CNC 6040, CNC 6090 and mini 5 axis CNC HY 3040, HY 6040 are compatible with mach3 software maturely.
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And Mach4 is our newest version of CNC motion control software. It has three version such as Mach4 Lite, Mach4 Hobby,and Mach4 Industrial . Now the mini CNC compatible with mach4 such as CNC 6040 and CNC 6090 models are in testing.

Compared with Mach3 software, Mach4 has below outstanding features:
Mach4 is completely new software with less than 1% of the programming code in common with Mach3. It was written from the ground up to be expandable, flexible, and extremely responsive for use with very large files. Mach3 was designed for simple hobby machines and still serves this purpose well.  When quality, speed, and the ability to use or learn industrial style controls and methods are what is needed, Mach4 is the correct choice.  While there was only one version of Mach3, Mach4 is offered in different versions.  Mach4 has been in use on Industrial equipment running constantly for over a year.  The standard Mach4 installer will control mills, drills, lathes, and routers.  While we are controlling other machine types with our Industrial software, complete hobby solutions with integrated screens and functions have only been completed for these machine types.

Because mach4 products are completely new and took extensive development, Artsoft teams are unable to offer an upgrade from Mach3.

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