I bought a Sherline CNC package (2000 mill with CNC rotary table, 4400 lathe, pc) and Mach 3 several years ago and am interested in what CAD/CAM software others are using. I use this equipment for hobby purposes in my garage and am primarily working with aluminum.
I have downloaded trial versions of BobCAD and Dolphin CAD CAM in the last few days. After reading numerous reviews about Bobcad (and following a hard sales pitch phonecall) I am inclined to delete the installation files and not even bother with trying it. I've just downloaded the Dolphin software today and have watched several of their tutorials and it looks promising.
I'm on a fairly tight budget and would like to know what others with similar equipment are using and how satisfied they are with their purchase. I notice that Dolphin has a "hobby" tab on their website, but no pricing information. I don't expect anything for free, but I don't want to throw a lot of money away on gross overkill or something that doesn't meet my (as of now undetermined...) needs. I'm interested in making items for RC airplanes, stirling engines and a variety of other "moron magnets" that have been floating around in my head.
Aside from taking a year of metal shop in high school (20+ years ago) I'm relatively new to this and wish I had jumped in much earlier. Thanks to all who share their thoughts and experiences.