Questions: What CAD software and CAM software do you use? Suggestions for hobby use?

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(Michael Jacobsen) #1

Questions: What CAD software and CAM software do you use? Suggestions for hobby use?

I found DesignSpark Mechanical (free) and like the user-interface - anyone using that?

I’m somewhat concerned about software being maintained by only one person, especially when it’s payware…

(Bruce Lunde) #2

I use several, each for different work. Cut2D, Inkscape with the Gcode plug-in, and CamBam;

(Bruce Lunde) #3

And Alibre for complex things.

(Dat Chu) #4

+Peter van der Walt does Lasaur app have cam feature better than gcodetools or jscut?

(Michael Jacobsen) #5

Estlcam looks interesting - but not free (EUR 35)

(Michael Jacobsen) #6

Tried SketchUp but it’s just not me. Userinterface is strange.

(Michael Jacobsen) #7

Ah, ok.

(Paul Bohn) #8

Draftsight+sheetcam for 2.5D

(Alexander Weber) #9

I’m using Qcad for 2D CAD (OSX) and CAMBAM (Win). Any recommendations for CAM on OSX?

(ArtClip3D Software) #10

ArtClip3D is a Complete CAD/CAM software. It is not 35€ but if you want something tested and reliable, coming with videos and PDF tutorials and as an addition thousands of free 3D and 2D models to start with, I do not think you can find this anywhere else for $1490 USD. You can check it at http://www.artclip3d.com.

(Michael Jacobsen) #11

Well, $1490 is probably out of reach for most hobby users - sure is for me.

(Mat Helm) #12

@Michael_Jacobsen Lots of howto vids on youtube for sketchup. Personally, I still use sketchup 8. Not a fan of the latest versions. Which you can still download btw. All versions avalible here:
http://www.sketchup.com/download/all

(Mat Helm) #13

Also checkout the 3d warehouse of shared designs. Here’s mine, but the search link at the top…
https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/user.html?id=0909236555057171779121306

(Michael Jacobsen) #14

Nice :slight_smile:

Think I’ll use some time with DesignSpark Mechanical and Autodesk 123D.