Curious what CAD software members use to design their work?

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I used clearcut by anilam it was the dos based version ,I still use the software for drawing but as yet i  do not have a cnc machine

Hello,

 

I'm also new in the world of CNC machining.

I have an self-made 3-axis router, based on aluminum profiles with 600x400x160mm working area.

 

For CAD, I'm using Catia and Solidworks.The CAM application is FeatureCAM.

 

Regards,

Seb

I attempt to use CamBam (Free Version 8.2) and I also use a program called MicroCarve v4 which will take an ordinary picture and create tool paths and G-Code for engraving.  It will also save as an STL.  The machine that I use took me a year to design and build.  The Z-axis with router is also of my own design.  Motor spins the spindle to speeds up to 20,000 rpm.  I will be posting more current pictures of the machine as I have made recent updates.
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The example that I posted is of an actual project that I am working on.  I would also like to add that the microcarve v4 program is available on eBay for about $30. 

Seb,

Do you happen to have any pictures of your machine.

 

Tracy

Seb said:

Hello,

 

I'm also new in the world of CNC machining.

I have an self-made 3-axis router, based on aluminum profiles with 600x400x160mm working area.

 

For CAD, I'm using Catia and Solidworks.The CAM application is FeatureCAM.

 

Regards,

Seb

In fact I have some picture(s) taken of a friend of mine.

I milled for him a model for an aircraft engine cover, front part. He will use it for manufacturing a mold.

 

Regarding my machine, I have to do a lot of improvements and modifications. 

This is what I obtain after some major modifications of the initial project and is possible to do other major modifications.

The next "part" I have to change is the BOB controller and the drivers for the steppers. I have a cheap one and I have a lot of headaches... :)

 

Until now I milled wood, composites and plastics without major difficulties.

I also played with some AL with acceptable results.

 

Regards,

Seb

Seb,

You really have a nice machine, I like your water cooled spindle but I could not afford the $400 plus that they want for them so I designed my own using an ER11 spindle.  I spent about $400 on my machine and it works just fine for the wood working stuff that I do.  I am using a low cost TB6560 4-axis driver that has BOB intergrated into the board.  I friend of mine designed some drivers using L298/L297 and a few other things and he said that if he were to purchase each of his drivers from a supplier like IMS he would have to pay nearly $200 for each driver.  He works on CNC machines for a living and knows his stuff.   

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Hi, your machine is also nice, it's design is very similar with my initial project.

Same BOB card I'm using too. It is OK as a "functional toy" and I'm not very pleased with it. I really have to change it with something better.

 

Yes, the spindle was expensive enough. It is the "metal working" version. More expensive.

For entire order (spindle, inverter, spindle mount, a lot of bits, shipping, custom fees etc) I spent almost $1000.

 

PS: I think we are going off topic. Maybe a moderator can split this topic? Thanks.

The spindle I am using is an er11 and will machine t6061

Seb said:

Hi, your machine is also nice, it's design is very similar with my initial project.

Same BOB card I'm using too. It is OK as a "functional toy" and I'm not very pleased with it. I really have to change it with something better.

 

Yes, the spindle was expensive enough. It is the "metal working" version. More expensive.

For entire order (spindle, inverter, spindle mount, a lot of bits, shipping, custom fees etc) I spent almost $1000.

 

PS: I think we are going off topic. Maybe a moderator can split this topic? Thanks.

Hi I use Rhino, and have got used to it.

Your FreeMill sure looks good superimposing the tool paths over my Rhino project.

Thanks.

Alibre Design 2011

Hi

I use autocad, blender 3d as cad  and cambam , heekscad, freemill  for cam

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