I purchased the Alibre CAM and have been going though the tutorials and just getting a feel for it.
I havn't cut any parts yet, but was curious if someone had and how they turned out.
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What part are you tring to cut???
What CNC are you using
I downloaded the XPress version and have skimmed over the tutorials. Looks pretty slick, especially considering it's free. Anyone know what the limitations to the free version are?
A few limitations use to be these but don't know if these are the same.
Limited number of unique parts in assembly
Limited import/export options
(something about 3D sketching)
No Direct edit for imported solids (really nice to alter existing dumb solids with this)
I really don't know all of them but I do know that many things I draw in a machine shop can actually be done in Xpress.
Whoops, I should've been clearer. I meant to ask about the CAM limitations. I assume it's 2.5D only. Maybe I should just go through some tutorials and see what the gcode output looks like.
I have the CAD CAM package, It is full 3D. A great program for parts cutting.
After you get the hang of the program, you can design and tool path into mach 3. Does save some time.I think you like it, give it a try
I think the basic gives you a couple 3d options as well. They will not be the best ones of course but more like the planer cuts.
The express CAM package that I have only has parallel finishing for toolpaths. I was a little disappointed that a roughing tool path was not included. Oh well, free is free.
I have horizontal roughing. Just used it and it work very well before finishing parrallel.
How did you get that to work? Whenever I pick what toolpath to use, all that is available is parallel finishing.
because he has a purchased version.