Recommended CAM applications

(Kurt Meister) #1

What Kind of CAM applications do you use or recommend besides LaserWeb, Cam.Openbuild and Fusion 360? Even commercial ones?

(0.45 NACL) #2

Here are two great places to start looking.

https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/CAM
https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/Commercial_Software

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(Claudio Prezzi) #3

I mostly use the CAM in Inventor, but one simple to use CAM for milling is Estlcam (see: http://www.estlcam.de/).

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(Anthony Bolgar) #4

I can second Estlecam, good little program. If you have a couple of thousand to spend, there is always Aspire, it does EVERYTHING you could ever want.

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(James Rivera) #5

FreeCAD has a Path workbench that lets you generate toolpaths. But if you don’t design your model in it, then that doesn’t make any sense. I’ve been meaning to give Kiri:Moto a serious try because it looks like it could do quite a bit, but my maker hobbies have all been put on the back burner for now (20 month old daughter, work, etc.).

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(Kurt Meister) #6

Thanks for your reply @James_Rivera. :slight_smile: Have you already used Kiri:Moto?

(James Rivera) #7

Not really. I’ve played with it a bit but I haven’t really used it to generate the gcode for an actual project. As I said, pretty much all my “maker activities” are on hold right now (due to toddler/work duties).