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List of software, esp. opensource

Post by WillAdams » Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:28 am

I've been trying to get everything which merits listing in the wiki added --- please take a moment to look the software pages over and see if there's anything I missed or got wrong, or didn't cover in sufficient detail.

http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Software

I'd also be glad of ideas for improving the table columns...
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Post by WillAdams » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:00 am

Okay, I've tried pretty much every search term I can think of, and have reached a point where the same things are coming up.

I probably added too many things to the CAD page, so less notable programs should come out of the table, which I guess should be split into 2D and 3D?

I didn't try very hard for commercial apps though --- if someone is using something fabulous, chime in.
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Re: List of software, esp. opensource

Post by Tom Smith » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:59 am

CamBam is pretty awesome. Not open source though, but decent simple CAD, and easy to use CAM and gcode.
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Post by WillAdams » Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:39 am

It's already on the list --- there's even a link to the old free beta version.

Wish I could find a copy of NC Plot v1.2.
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Post by madmanmoe » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:51 pm

I used to use Vectorworks for everything, until my license ran out a couple of weeks ago :cry:
It's a professional program, but if you have access to it, it will do everything needed in designing for CNC (and a whole lot more you don't need)
It exports a huge variety of formats (not .svg unfortunately, but I just go via illustrator).

Since My educational license ran out, I've been desperately trying to find something to fill the void. At the moment I'm having trouble just finding something to do 2D drafting, that I like.
Mostly I've just been getting very frustrated, DraftSight was looking pretty good as a free drafting tool, but when I export to either espf or svg it looses it's scale, which makes it useless, unless I can fix that problem.

I'm a bit hampered because I'm using a mac.
-FreeCAD wouldn't run on my mac (had a massive error, hopefully next release will fix this).
-I hate SketchUp, just the way it works is completely different to other Cad packages, and I can never seem to get anything precise. plus it doesn't export to anything useful.

If anyone can recommend a good free package for mac I'll give it a go. (I've been working my way through the list, but recommendations are always nice)
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Post by WillAdams » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:50 am

Drawing file formats like epsf and svg have no concept of scale --- they're always @ 100% --- just tweak the import settings (or the header of the SVG) to set import size.
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Post by twforeman » Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:59 pm

Hey Madman - if you just need 2D then LibreCAD is pretty good.

It's strictly 2D but it works great.
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Re: List of software, esp. opensource

Post by Althiels » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:18 pm

I haven't tried exporting anything out of draftsight yet, but I am a big fan of it for standard 2D drawing. We use it at work exclusively for our 2D drawings and it is great and free.
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Re: List of software, esp. opensource

Post by madmanmoe » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:36 am

twforeman wrote:Hey Madman - if you just need 2D then LibreCAD is pretty good.

It's strictly 2D but it works great.
I do need to do 3D every so often but, most of what I'm doing atm is 2D so I'll put LibreCAD at the top of my list.

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