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  • Any shareware CAM programs?

    Or any that are reasonably priced? Or a way to enter G code directly into mach 3?
    Failing that, any funny anecdotes relating to your homemade CNC machine.

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    I think this is what Evan uses

    Also I thought Mach3 had a simple cam program built in? and couldnt you just fingercam it in with the keyboard?

    Bobcad is a commercial one, far from the best and is a major pain in the arse to use, but some guys dont seem to mind and it does have 3d capabilities. They'll start you off with a quote anywhere from 800 to 1200 but I have heard of guys badgering them all the way down to a few hundred.


    • #3
      Are you needing 3D or just 2 1/2D? If it's not 3D, ACEconverter works well to convert your .dxf's to G-Code. The price is right's free.

      "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

      "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton


      • #4
        I do use CamBam quite a lot but it isn't the only program I use. I use about 6 or so various programs and I heavily depend on either freeware or free reduced function versions such as AlleyCad. I am also getting back into writing my own software and when I finish my current project I may do something related to Cad-Cam. I still have the upgraded version of my Spiral PollyGone CamBam plugin to finish. I have been finding that little program to be very handy in generating symmetrical contour toolpaths.
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        • #5
          There is also LazyCam, there is a free version with less features and a pay for Pro version. I think CamBam has gone the same way.