Mach3 License CNC control software by ArtSoft Newfangled Solutions

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The lowest price ( 23 March 2023 ): 165.00 

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Mach3 CNC software by ArtSoft
General description
Files to download
How to get the license?
Purchasing a Mach3 license.
Mach software versions
Mach3, Mach4 Hobby and Industrial - comparison

Mach3 control software by the ArtSoft® Company


The software has developed over many years, and during these years, it gathered many users. For the relatively low price, we get the complete solution for multi-axis CNC machining. Key benefits of the program are:
Flexibility – the ability to create own user interfaces, transparent and suited to specific machine applications. There is a special visual editor where you can create the Mach3 interface design from the beginning or use already existing project. On the internet, there are many quick solutions. Ability to self-extend the functionality of the program through macros, written in simple and known by many people – VisualBasic®. It allows you to implement a variety of measurement probes, automatic tool length measurement, automatic storage of tools in many variants, etc. Plug-ins support, which further extends functions of the software and allows for cooperation with external motion controllers. Connection with CSMIO/IP-S controller is provided by this plug-in by CS-Lab company.
Easy to use – those, who are already little familiar with CNC machines can learn all the general functions and rules of using the Mach3 program – within one day. The configuration of the key parameters is transparent and intuitive so that they can be quickly adjusted to the requirements of a specific machine.
Dynamic analysis of the trajectory – CNC program is analyzed in advance, so it allows for optimal adjustment of motion speed at every point of the path. Thus, the program is done quickly, but with the full smoothness of the motion.


  Mach3 Software V.3.043.022 (the recommended version) Windows 7

  Mach3 Manuals (link)

How to get the license?

To download Mach3 software and manuals go to the Download section (above). To have a full version you have to buy a Mach3 license. CS-Lab Company is an authorized distributor of Mach3 software. After we receive your payment, you will get your license file attached to an e-mail message from CS-Lab. When placing your order, please enter information for license personalization (company name or your first and last name) into “COMMENTS” area at the bottom of an online store form.

Please note that the Mach3 program is only to operate the machine – it is not possible to design, draw, etc. Indeed, some functions allow for generating the CNC code for simple operations, but it is better to have CAM types program, like e.g., ArtCam, MasterCam, etc. 


Standard Version Features Mach3 Mach4 Hobby Mach4 Industrial
Number of Planners 1 1 1
Number of Axis 6 6 6
Out of Band Axis (OBA) 0 1 6
Slave axis (uses up coordinated axes) 3 N/A N/A
Slave motors (does not use up coordinated axes) N/A 4 per Axis 4 per Axis
API Interface – Open to All Hardware Yes Yes Yes
Extended Plugin Support Yes Yes Yes
User customizable GUI Yes Yes Yes
Unified (GUI) Interface – PLC, CNC, etc..   Yes Yes
Unlimited IO Yes Yes Yes
Modbus PLC Yes Yes Yes
PMC (Ladder Logic addressing for cnc/plc)   Yes Yes
Unlimited File Size   Yes Yes
Tool Path Display Yes Yes Yes
Tool Path Speed & Quality Low High High
Scripting – Customization Yes Yes Yes
LUA Scripting – simple, fast, cross-platform   Yes Yes
– Lua sockets (ftp, http, smtp,..)   Yes Yes
– SSL (security layer)   Yes Yes
– LFS (manage large files and data storage)   Yes Yes
– Seriel port   Yes Yes
– Enraving of part numbers / serial numbering of parts   Yes Yes
– Plugin panel objects   Yes Yes
IPC Library for Data Sharing/tracking (Interprocess communication)   Yes Yes
Full Feature Screens/Controls Per Machine Type   Yes Yes
Currently Availabe: Mill, Router, Lathe, 3d Printer   Yes Yes
Multiple gcode Interpruters (Per Machine Type)   Yes Yes
Probing – Intergrated in standard screens   Yes Yes
Simulated 3d Machining (with additional plugin license)   Yes Yes
Tool Life Management (G10 L3 command)     Yes
Screw Mapping     Yes
Professional Screen Designer (advanced G.U.I.)     Yes
– Screen Animation Control     Yes
– Screen Integrated Tool Table Control     Yes
– Screen Integrated Work Offset Control     Yes
– Screen Integrated gcode editor     Yes
– Screen Artsoft Wizard Package Integration     Yes
Macro B gcode Programming (#variables)     Yes
– User definable gcodes via marco calls     Yes
– Macro Calls: G65, G66, G66.1     Yes
– gcode via marco call (custom G codes via macro B)     Yes
– mcode via macro call (custom M codes via macro B)     Yes
– mcode via sub code (custom M code via sup program)     Yes
– Conditional gcodes     Yes
– set VN call – define variable names     Yes
gcode Editor Included     Yes
Scripted M code (custom M code via LUA script)   Yes Yes
Variable Speed Spindle Yes Yes Yes
Spindle Relay Yes Yes Yes
Coolant relay Yes Yes Yes
Mist Relay Yes Yes Yes
Threading Yes Yes Yes
Rigid Tapping Yes Yes Yes
Single Block Yes Yes Yes
Block Delete Yes Yes Yes
Optional Stop Yes Yes Yes
Cutter Comp Yes Yes Yes
Fanuc Type C Cutter Comp   Yes Yes
Fixture Offsets Yes Yes Yes
G51 Scaling Yes Yes Yes
G92 Offsets Yes Yes Yes
G52 Offsets Yes Yes Yes
Event Driven   Yes Yes
Multi Line MDI   Yes Yes
Subs In MDI   Yes Yes
OpenGL Optimization   Yes Yes
Multi-platform OS Compatibility Option   Yes Yes
Available to End Users as “Do-it-yourself” Yes Yes  

Summary – Mach3 versus Mach4 :
Mach4 Hobby is the closest comparable version to Mach3, yet it is still much more advanced. The price point of these versions is nearly identical. Mach3 is very popular for hobby enthusiest and is used in highly modified form by some great OEM’s. In general, Mach4 is more complex than Mach3 and follows cnc industry standards. Mach3 has many customizations to make it easier for hobby users, but can lead to difficulties if users plan to apply their knowledge to more advanced systems.



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