2D CAD Tool Poll

What tool do you use for 2D CAD?

Hand-coded G-Code
3
3%
InkScape
48
46%
LibreCAD
5
5%
Other CAD program (specify)
13
12%
KiCAD (for circuitboards)
1
1%
Adobe Illustrator or other commercial vector drawing tool (specify)
16
15%
Simpler to use 3D tool for 2D (specify)
4
4%
Draw directly in CAM program (specify)
5
5%
Create G-Code (or DXF) programmatically (specify)
2
2%
Other (specify)
8
8%
 
Total votes: 105

aroldfut
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by aroldfut » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:46 pm

With less than two-months CNC experience and time on my Shapeoko2 I find Inkscape more than adequate. More versatile software is out there, but for now I'm using Inkscape.

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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by MeanderBolt » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:28 pm

I was back and forth between Draftsight and LibreCad. I have pretty much settled into Draftsight as there are a lot of little niceties that speed up work and help to make things more accurate.

So, yeah... Draftsight. Plus, you can't beat the price. $0.00 ( or $0.00 Canadian, not sure what the exchange is for UK :D )
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Nigel K Tolley » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:42 pm

Is HeeksCAD stable enough to use these days? I used to find it would crash left and right. Very promising, but I gave up eventually.

I've just upgraded my Alibre to the renamed upgraded Geomagic. That's a paid 3D program though if they tweaked it slightly it could be great for 2D as well, being parametric.

Is there an add-on for Inkscape, to make it more "CAD"?

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motions
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by motions » Sat May 03, 2014 1:21 am

Another vote for CamBam. It was a struggle trying to find an easy to use and intuitive CAM program and CamBam is just super simple but still has all the features needed.

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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Sat May 03, 2014 1:43 am

Nigel K Tolley wrote:Is HeeksCAD stable enough to use these days? I used to find it would crash left and right. Very promising, but I gave up eventually.
There's been a recent new release which has been positively mentioned.
Is there an add-on for Inkscape, to make it more "CAD"?
Not really, there's the CAM plug-in gcodetools, but all I've found on technical drawing / CAD in Inkscape is some tutorials / guidelines for doing it. There is some interesting discussion here: http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php ... echDrawing
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by PaulKruger » Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:22 pm

dataway wrote:I use Vectric Aspire for making custom signs and is a great software package
I looked at their site and the products look great.

I don't see much information there regarding the output of their software however. Does their product talk directly to Shapeoko or do you need to output or convert their code to Gcode and then use the generic Gcode Sender program?

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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:37 pm

I think the only programs other than the communication ones which communicate directly w/ the machine are Easel, LinuxCNC, and interpreters which run on a PC such as Mach3
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Damin69 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:50 pm

I am an AutoCAD guy. Work on it everyday. Actually Civil 3D to be precise. We have the 2015 IDSP package which I have a home use license for. But I still like doing my 2D work in the most familiar form I know which is AutoCAD...... :-)
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by CrazyBillybob » Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:39 pm

AutoDesk's Fusion 360 program also directly outputs to a CNC Machine. I'm pretty sure there is a Shapeoko post processor for it. It will take your Autocad files in. the interface should be familiar to you as an Autodesk product user.

There is a free trial for the product so you can try it out before you buy. There are also some free hobby user options with Fusion 360.


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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Damin69 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:59 pm

CrazyBillybob wrote:AutoDesk's Fusion 360 program also directly outputs to a CNC Machine. I'm pretty sure there is a Shapeoko post processor for it. It will take your Autocad files in. the interface should be familiar to you as an Autodesk product user.

There is a free trial for the product so you can try it out before you buy. There are also some free hobby user options with Fusion 360.


(not affiliated with Autodesk. I've just used a lot of their products over the years)


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I have not been able to figure out how to Open or Import any type of files in to fusion 360. Otherwise I really like Fusion 360.
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