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    Hi,

    I'm completely new to this cnc game and need something really simple to get me started.
    The cnc machine I've got came with some old dos cam software which the chap I bought the machine of said could do with updating to a windows based program.
    At the moment I have no means of generating dxf(I think thats right) either. Can any one recommend a very simple progam for generating dxf or a simple cad cam program. At the moment all I am looking to do is carve very simple designs in my furniture i.e names, heart shapes or tractors made from combining squares circles etc, it will all be 2d. I do emphasis the need for it to be simple as I've no experience in cad or cnc.
    Also if I upgrade my computer can I use a usb with a parallel adapter or do the transmit data in a different format.

    Many thanks,
    Paul

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    Cambam would do what your describing - just download the free edition. You shouldn't need the paying one:

    http://www.cambam.info/

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006Nobull View Post
    Also if I upgrade my computer can I use a usb with a parallel adapter or do the transmit data in a different format?
    Definately not. USB wont do the accurate timings that's required for the router - it's designed to just transfer lots of data without worrying about the time.

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  4. Vectric software cannot be beat "PERIOD!" I will fly the flag for these guys as there products are nothing short of "BRILLIANT". Like yourself I was a total newbee and downloading free "this and that" software and found alot of it very confusing. So a 100 lighter I bought Cut 2D and can honestly say it is amazing and almost idiot proof. Vectric software is literally the only product you will ever need,V-Carve Pro is next on my list without a doubt.

  5. #4
    For a CAD program look no further than Draftsight [ do a Google ]
    Completely free, downloadable free manual and laod sof video's on Youtube to help.
    John S -

  6. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by John S View Post
    For a CAD program look no further than Draftsight [ do a Google ]
    Seconded. It is the only free CAD program I've found that works well with industry standard Autocad (.dwg) files and also has a very Autocad like interface.

    Try it.

    Russell.

  7. #6
    vECTRIC IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO

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    I have to go along with John on Draftsight, and for my cam, I use SheetCam (www.sheetcam.com). Reasonably priced, excellent support, and does the job for 2 1/2D work that I do.
    Art

    AKA Country Bubba
    (Older than Dirt)

  9. #8
    CAMBAM gives you most bang for the bucks.
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

  10. #9
    Your all plonkers the guy asked this question over 6 months ago.!!!!!!!

  11. #10
    Bahhhh! bahhhhhhhhhhh! bahh1 bahh!
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

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