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    google exports in COLLADA format---are there free/dirtcheap cad and cam softwares that can use this---NOT DEMOS-not 30 day stuff-NOT 100 POUND/DOLLAR etc--real world working progs that give a finished part on my m/c.

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    Hmm, cryptic, he is....

    Sounds good, i've not come across COLLADA before. A quick search didn't turn up any CAM references though - do you have any links?

    All the best, & cheers

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    I think he means that programs like GoogleEarth use the Collada format to store the features of the earth.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COLLADA

    So this must mean that you want to cut out GoogleEarth images on your machine?

    I'm sorry I can't help, but with this further info then perhaps others can?
    Building a CNC machine to make a better one since 2010 . . .
    MK1 (1st photo), MK2, MK3, MK4

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    Thanks for looking at this thread-the newest version of sketchup can export a model in COLLADA . This is some form of file output different from DXF ..STL..etc.The question is ,can I import this in a CAD-CAM program?--is it actally usefull?????? Sketchup modelling is OK---but not much use for cnc..any clues?????

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    There is an add on for sketch up that exports as a DXF.

    Not used it but it does exist.
    John S -

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    Ahhh, misunderstand, I did... (sorry cncroutman)

    I'm not really any use in this discussion. I have exported from sketchup in DXF though - I seem to remember you need a really tidy model, otherwise you end up with broken line segments all over the place, and a nightmare to stitch it all back together again. But that wasn't your question...

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    Isn't Autocad free?

    Just checked,apparentlynot.
    Why do they do that...say its free but its not its just a 30day tial.

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    Autocad has never been free infact the full version will cost as much as a nice second hand car.
    Most software comes with a trial version so you can try it first to see if you like it.
    Some use full functionality for 30 days some restrict the functionality.
    Mach 3 is the same, you can use it for as long as you like, but you need to pay for the license to get full functionality.

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    PLEASE DONT LOSE THE REASON FOR THIS THREAD:-I like Sketchup but exporting in DXF or STL is rubbish..Does the new Sketchup COLLADA file format give a REAL way of getting G-CODE???? or is it it just another dead end-----Thanks for your interest.

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    Are you working in 2D or 3D?

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