Yes, both Mach3 and Mach4 will work on Win10. You cannot, however, use the parallel port with Windows 10. The parallel port can only be utilized in 32-bit systems that are Windows 7 or older.
Instead, you will need an external motion controller. That is a hardware device that physically connects your machine to your computer and facilitates communication between your hardware and software. A basic USB-to-parallel port converter cable WILL NOT work. Along with the device, you will need to download and install the compatible plugin that allows the hardware to communicate with our software. Mach3 and Mach4 use different plugin formats, so those are not interchangeable. A motion controller will only work with Mach3 if it has a Mach3 plugin created by the manufacturer and it will only work with Mach4 if it has a Mach4 plugin created by the manufacturer. That being said, many of the mainstream motion controllers available do have plugins for both.
Alternatives – Mach4, LinuxCNC, JediCut and Arduino USB based Micro Controllers; Mach3. The Mach3 software turns a Windows 32-bit computer into a CNC machine controller. It only works on 32 bit PC’s up to Windows 7 with the parallel port driver, to control the motion of the stepper motors by processing G-Code. Mach3 is considered to be mature software and it works great. We strongly recommended (May 16th, 2018) that you use Mach3 version 3.043. 062 Installer with Windows 10 Fix (click to download). The.062 release is the lock down version that works well, fixing stability issues experienced by people running version.066. 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. $ 1,400.00 Add to cart View Details.
Additionally, it is always recommended to download the demo version of Mach3 and/or Mach4 to test with your setup BEFORE purchasing a license. That ensures both compatibility and satisfaction. We cannot offer refunds on any software licenses, so be sure to test thoroughly.