Thread: Which Software
27-08-2010 #21LOL dont you ever sleep???
No ones mentioned Google sketchup,have not triedit but I'm sure it'll work? and does export/import DXF files?
Im surprised there are not more opinions on this subject, Maybe i have asked the wrong questions???Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other - Abe Lincoln
I tried several packages, it's a sort of quest. None of them would let me do what I wanted the way I wanted it, so eventually I gave up and wrote my own :naughty:
Now whenever I get stuck for a feature or hit a bug I have the source code so I am no longer helpless
I suspect people use the same bits of s/ware, hence not a big list. From your parts cut wish list, I would say that Aspire is more than you need. To summarise some options:
For CAD here are some suggestions:
BobCAD (also has some CAM)
AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT etc.
For toolpath creation and Gcode creation here are some 2D options:
Cut2D (also has some CAD creation)
Sheetcam (never used)
Cambam (also has some CAD creation)
[You may have found Lazycam - wouldn't bother with this]
and 3D toolpath and gcode options (sounds like you will be OK with just 2D, which is cheaper):
For postprocessing and cutting out your work:
I use AutoCAD2000, VectricCUT2D, and Mach3 for my workflow and it does all my 2D work with ease. Hope this gives you something to investigate further.
In no order and you will have to do the homework on Google for links.
All these cost.
One free way with a bit of furkling about is to download the demo of Flashcut, this is a program similar to Mach in that it's a controller and requires a £1,000 signal box to work however the CAM side is not restricted as you need the box.
So load your DXF into Flashcut, answer all the boxes, tool, feeds, speeds etc and it will generate the code but won't cut it because there is no box.
Sooooooo, do a copy paste into Mach and you are away.
.John S -
All i would like to know really is where would a beginner begin? i have looked at many of the programs suggested, I do keep returning to the aspire page because looking the tutorial videos I can see that this software is within my capabilities, Cut3d and Vcarve do look very capable. Im not too worried about buying software, but suggestions like Autocad and solidworks would not be helpfull... I am happy to hear peoples experiences with the more sensibly priced software with a lesser learning curve and maybe this will help me make the decision on what to spend my dollar on..
From what i understand I use a CAD program to produce a model...or DXF file
I then use a CAM program and the DXF file to prepeare and convert the DXF file to G-Code
I then use Mach to interpret the G-Code into movements that produce the part on my machine.
Other than that there are the multi use programs CAD/CAM sort of stuff..
My knowlege is basic as i said...Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other - Abe Lincoln
New to machining, new to CNC, new to CAD/CAM software, jeez even new to forums! Is this called thread reviving? :confused: Anyway...
I want to make parts like this (http://tinyurl.com/333qub7) out of Aluminium and I am trying to learn as much as I can. Based on research, I THINK I'm gonna go with Vectric 2D and Mach3 (trying demo version of former, no where near trying the latter because...) My big question is...
Any tips on what machine to go for?? Info as follows... The link above (clickable links in Google docs of jpegs + a DXF of a part I made in Scketchup) will show you a sample of the kind of part I want to make. These will be non engineering type parts, i.e. ultra precision NOT needed, tolerance +/- 0.1 mm or so (?) and the sample above is likely the biggest single piece I'd need to machine.
Might sound naive but I really want to try and get set up with as 'plug and play' a system as I can get.... Machines I've read about so far are Marchant and Dice and the entry machine from the folks at CNC-Step.
ANY guidance, advice, tips REALLY REALLY appreciated!!
Thanks in advance and GREAT site! :clap:
Oh! budget for machine up to 2k A LOT of dosh for me so SCARY!
I can't see any files.
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