View Full Version : Beginner needs advice
01-01-2014, 11:33 PM
I am a total beginner and need some advice on cad and cam software .I am going to buy a 3040 cnc machine and if anyone could give me some advice on the software it would be much appreciated.What would be the simplest software for a beginner to learn to use.
02-01-2014, 11:23 AM
First you need to identify the type of software for your purpose, i.e. is it 2D, 2.5D, 3D ?
Once you identify that it will narrow things down, also have you read the threads on this site about software ?
A lot of software allows trial downloads, I did this myself and found that my preference for CAM was Vectric Cut3D and Cut2D, it's mostly about personal preference so trying the software first is best.
I think CAD is more difficult, if Sketchup + the free DXF,STL export addon will do your job then it's all free but if you need to buy software then the sky's the limit where cost comes in. From what I've seen Rhino is highly regarded and there's the still free Autodesk Fusion (links near bottom of page), Autodesk Labs Inventor Fusion (http://labs.autodesk.com/technologies/fusion)
I also think it's better to go for separate CAD / CAM software becasue when they are combined into one program you seldom get the right features together.
02-01-2014, 12:30 PM
Thanks for the reply EddyCurrent ,I will look into the software you have mentioned ,i think the 2D would be enough for my needs. I did try freecad but it was a bit confusing for me.
02-01-2014, 02:47 PM
DraftSight is a good free 2D CAD package...
CamBam free version is a good CAM option...
02-01-2014, 07:45 PM
Thanks Irving I will give them ago.this is all new to me so it all looks a bit confusing.
02-01-2014, 07:54 PM
It is confusing, there is so much choice, plus the free ones are hard to turn down, but just download the Vectric Cut2D demo for a start to see something that is easy to get quick results from.
02-01-2014, 08:37 PM
Thanks again,I watch a few demos for cut 2d and I think I can get the hang of that ok,I think that it is the cad is the one I will have trouble with,I will watch a few videos on the cad software and see if I can understand it, Thanks
02-01-2014, 08:50 PM
If you only want 2D there is nothing easier, or cheaper, than Sketchup. It's described as 3D software which it is but you can chose 2D views from the menu.
you would also need this export to dxf or stl plugin for sketchup
03-01-2014, 04:28 PM
I had play with the sketchup and found it pretty good and easy to use.Do you have a link for the cut3d software and is it a free software?
Thanks for your help
03-01-2014, 05:52 PM
Also have a look at Dolphin Partmaster. It's free.
03-01-2014, 07:40 PM
No cut3d is not free but it's very user friendly
Products - Cut3D (http://www.vectric.com/products/cut3d.html)
03-01-2014, 09:54 PM
Thanks everyone for all the info,so far I think I will go with sketchup , the cut2d looks good but I will have a play with cambam first before I decide if I won't to buy cut2d.
04-01-2014, 05:16 PM
I have placed my order today for a 3040 cnc off Ebay so according to the listing it should be with me either Wednesday or Thursday ,hopefully it will arrive well packed with no faults (fingers crossed) I have read some nightmare reviews and some good reviews for these chinese cnc so hopefully I will be lucky and get a good one.
04-01-2014, 07:00 PM
Greg, It's too small to cut a guitar body but you might just get the one in your avatar cut :highly_amused:
04-01-2014, 07:17 PM
lol that one in the avatar is made out off a cigar box
04-01-2014, 07:27 PM
here is a link if you want to hear what that cigar box sounds like
04-01-2014, 08:21 PM
Nice playing, I've seen Gary play that tune live, now I wonder if I can capture that sound into my AxeFx2 ?
04-01-2014, 08:28 PM
You could try Sheetcam TNG. Not free but not expensive either.
04-01-2014, 08:30 PM
Eddycurrent whats a axfx2 ?
04-01-2014, 08:32 PM
G66 - [ - AXE-FX II MK2 ] (http://www.g66.eu/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=67&Itemid=317)
Check out the Wiki amp model list from the link at the bottom
04-01-2014, 08:32 PM
Web goblin thanks I will have a look
04-01-2014, 08:39 PM
Nice bit off kit eddycurrent ,I have never used anything like that .I only have a marshal gain pedal and a cheap delay pedal.the amp in the vid I made out off a 1960 Roberts radio they have great Rola speaker which give a nice clean vintage sound.
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