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

aroldfut
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by aroldfut » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:05 pm

I have attempted to download Makercam but keep getting a 404 error..."page not found". Any ideas?

WillAdams
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:23 pm

It's available from the web site:

http://www.makercam.com/

It seems to be being served up from dropbox though:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/177 ... orial.html

see the details here: http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic ... 329#p21329
Shapeoko 3XL #0006 w/Makita RT0701 Router w/0.125″ and ¼″ Elaire precision collets
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toomuchcookies
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by toomuchcookies » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:11 am

i am starting out with shapeoko and until now, i've been using the blender cam software [1]. It can do both 2d as well as 3d and to me it is much better to use than makercam. It outputs even g-code which has no problem (rounding) with grbl.

Blendercam is pretty stable and runs in the open source 3d software blender [2], which makes it pretty nice for free forms. Any cad data has to come from outside but blender is able to load the usual stl, dxf or svg (which can be generated in inkscape). You can define different operations and even put chains of operations. Each operation can be done using a specific mill bit, feed speed and of course strategy. Blendercam can also simulate the milling process (or chains of milling processes). I have done some simple 3d tests as well as quite a few 2d-items. Maybe i will do some tutorials about it.

[1]: http://blendercam.blogspot.de/
[2]: http://blender.org/

matthew5384
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by matthew5384 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:44 pm

For an alternative to MakerCAM, check out jscut at http://jscut.org/.

WillAdams
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:51 pm

Good point. I changed out Estlcam (commercial) for jscut.org since no one had voted for the former.
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Nomad 883 Pro #596 (bamboo)

tm america
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by tm america » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:32 pm

So far i use torchmate cad for cad on my plasma-2d items with cad2plasma for the cam..and for 3d i use turbocad-cam.. They work well for the money but are pricey..Torchmate cad is just under 1000 bucks and the version turbocad-cam i have was right at 600 bucks but it is several versions old by now..I am looking for a good open source cam program i want to start using cambam but have found it does't give me an option to do m106 for spindle on and m107 for spindle off.plus it doesnt put a ; before the comments so it won't run the programs unless you go thru and edit the g code .I'm gonna look into skienforge to see if it works like i want and gives me the g code i need for repetier-marlin..I messed with bobcad but didnt find it to be as user friendly as turbocad. Plus they are unable to offer me a post processor that will work with a 5 axis cnc plasma-mill with rotary axis.

MTech
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by MTech » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:11 am

I use JCNC

I find it very easy to use.

Scire
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Joined: Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:58 pm

Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by Scire » Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:32 pm

I currently work with an ice sculpture who uses a torchmate router to do about 80% of his ice carving for him and he bought me a copy of bobcadcam and while there is a learning path, it is a very robust program and does great cam.

McOtis
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Location: Maryland

Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by McOtis » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:36 am

I've started using MeshCAM.
Still on the trial period.
Make taking a 3D part and milling it out, dead simple.
Just not sure it is worth the cost.
It is nice that there is a MacOS X version now too.

s24shane
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Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

Post by s24shane » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:51 am

Using Cambam trial and Makercam now, about to try out NX 9's CAM software. Anybody used that?

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