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

CrazyBillybob
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by CrazyBillybob » Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:32 pm

When you create a new project you can upload a file. .DWG, .DXF, .OBJ, .STL are all supported. Though editing stl is limited.
Check out this for more info on uploading files.

Damin69
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Damin69 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:47 am

Thanks CBB.... I will have to try that out.
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tjshape
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by tjshape » Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:52 pm

Has anyone tried using Visio? I use it all the time at work and it can save to .dxf, .dwg, .svg, etc. I am going to give it a try this week - I have been using Inkscape up to this point, which is fantastic for free software - I also have Illustrator, but find Inkscape easier and more than adequate. That being said, I am far more proficient with Visio, so I'll see how that works.
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Harasi
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Harasi » Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:02 am

Am new to all this cnc world .. so Inkscape is fine with my little things now :mrgreen:
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WillAdams
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:38 am

My concern about using Visio would be a limitation of the path manipulation tools --- this could be easily overcome by importing the files into some other more capable vector editor such as Inkscape and tweaking the paths there.
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by tjshape » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:44 pm

Good point Will - I do like the ability to quickly layout a precise design and the other manipulation tools it has for fragmenting and joining shapes. I'll probably end up doing something similar to what you stated.
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by picengravertoo » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:33 pm

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PicEngrave Pro 6 Image to Gcode for grbl/Mach3 controllers-Spindle/Laser
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FabricatorCraig
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by FabricatorCraig » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:28 pm

Currently using a mix of things...some Vectric 2D products, but primarly CorelDRAW Suite (x6 - haven't upgraded to x7). I've used CorelDRAW for years to create highly-technical and accurate parts on my Epilog Legend laser and find those same skills and features translate readily to doing designs for 2D CNC routing work. Still tinkering and exploring to find the best CAM/machine communication tools to suit my particular workflow needs...
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by pavan » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:57 pm

ActCAD is one of the best tool for design CAD. i have used the ActCAD and had a good experience in designing. you can search or evaluate the software from website or visit below link
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CrazyBillybob
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by CrazyBillybob » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:42 pm

Still use Fusion 360

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