3D CAM Tool Poll

Which CAM Tool do you use?

Hand-coded G-Code
11
6%
Tool-specific plug-in (specify)
2
1%
MakerCAM
41
21%
HeeksCNC
9
5%
PyCAM
8
4%
Carbide Create
11
6%
jscut.org
2
1%
CamBam (commercial)
45
24%
Other Opensource (specify)
6
3%
Other commercial tool (specify)
56
29%
 
Total votes: 191

Hans
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by Hans » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:13 pm

s24shane wrote:Using Cambam trial and Makercam now, about to try out NX 9's CAM software. Anybody used that?
NX10 is out, and it's good, though NX is way too expensive for anyone on a Shapeoko budget to actually buy.
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picengravertoo
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by picengravertoo » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:30 pm

KeyCreator Machinist.
Shapeoko 2 Laser Diode Engraver-Analog/TTL/PWM
PicEngrave Pro 6 Image to Gcode for grbl/Mach3 controllers-Spindle/Laser
PicLaser: Image to Gcode With Editor
PicSender: Streams grbl Raster/Vector Gcodes
https://www.picengrave.com

sjj47
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by sjj47 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:34 pm

I'm confused. I see the survey has several respondents selecting MakerCAM. As a 3D CAM tool? MakerCAM only imports 2D SVG files. So how can you generate 3D gcode? Yes, you can do drill, pocket, and profile, but that's not what 3D means in this context, right?

So what am I missing?
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Current tool chains: Inkscape > MakerCAM > UGS | bCNC & F-Engrave > UGS | bCNC

WillAdams
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:39 pm

Correct. MakerCAM is more of a 2.5D CAM tool, but since it's more than 2D, and since we didn't want to have a poll just for 2.5D tools, it got lumped in here.
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doxie
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by doxie » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:00 am

Autodesk Fusion 360 is pretty powerful. It's geared for big milling machines, but you can use it for the workflow to gcode.

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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:17 am

Replaced gCam which no one had voted for w/ Carbide Create (which has just had a new version announced via e-mail).
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sgth0mas
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by sgth0mas » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:41 pm

VCarve Pro.

And i play around with fusion 360 a little.

AnonymousPerson
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by AnonymousPerson » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:56 pm

Hans wrote:
s24shane wrote:Using Cambam trial and Makercam now, about to try out NX 9's CAM software. Anybody used that?
NX10 is out, and it's good, though NX is way too expensive for anyone on a Shapeoko budget to actually buy.
Some people have access to high end software through their work :), without access to the actual work machines though (yet). :(
Shapeoko 3 #516

rodcar125
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by rodcar125 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:41 am

AnonymousPerson wrote:
Hans wrote:
s24shane wrote:Using Cambam trial and Makercam now, about to try out NX 9's CAM software. Anybody used that?
NX10 is out, and it's good, though NX is way too expensive for anyone on a Shapeoko budget to actually buy.
Some people have access to high end software through their work :), without access to the actual work machines though (yet). :(
Im using NX9 to do all my CAD/CAM work since I have access to the tool from my works laptop (:

Indeed is a very powerful tool and I think its kind of friendly (vs. CATIA). It has a steep and slow learning curve but once you get it is awesome. You can configure and customize about everything which makes it hard at first but you just need to be patient and play with all the options till you get what you want. You can see the machining animation and all the tool paths and see if your tool path is good and has a collision feature which is very handy.

NX CAM has some posts built-in but of course they are for the most popular industrial controllers (fanuc, Siemens, etc) so they are no good for our little S3 which is why I developed/coded a specific post that GRBL can handle. If you will be using NX for your work Ill gladly share it. (Just PM me your email address for the latest post since the one posted in this forum might be outdated)

Rod

JuKu
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by JuKu » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:47 am

Estlcam

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