What about feature cam
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If you wanna do hardcore 3D- and multi-axis milling and drilling, don't even consider EdgeCam - it's way too limited.
HYPERMILL is your answer!! - extremely sophisticated
Hi, still think you are missing the point. you may consider hyper&&&& the best and edge%%%% not so good, but when you have the demo make sure you get it in writing from the salesperson just what you will get and which toolpaths are added extra bucks. i have been to so many shops where the engineer looks at the amount of toolpath types with WorkNC and says "yep" my system has those, thought i had bought them, but when you press the icon the good old message pops up " you do not have a license for this toolpath" or similar.
My opening line is always, "what you see today is what you get", nothing hidden or extra, unless i tell you so. and that includes the postprocessor
Does anyone use UGS NX CAM? If so how do they like it?
Star, I've used UG/NX CAM since UGV6 (circa 1986), and I love it. (but, I'm biased )
My weakness in the debate is I haven't really "used" any other CAM software. I've tinkered around with a few, and seen a bunch more, but not enough to say if they are really "better".
I see 3 questions in the main post:
What is the best 3D CAM Software? (totally subjective. No right answer, in general)
probably better stated: What 3D CAM software do you like the best?
What is the most powerful 3D CAM software?
What is the easiest to use 3D CAM software?
If you combine the last 2, which you have seemingly done, then you end up with a mutually exclusive, or ambiguous question. By making a CAM package more 'powerful', or robust, you have to add lots of features which makes it more difficult to learn. (and more expensive.)
The first shop I worked in had a big sign on the wall, "Fast, Cheap, or Accurate. Pick 2!"
Since everyone's requirements are different, the best you're going to get here is, "What do you use?", or "What do you like?"
Maybe that's what you were shooting for?
don't get me wrong. It's a great discussion. I learned a lot reading through it.
I started with Shopcam 2-1/2D software.One thing I have noticed is that the more power the program has, it seems the there is more involved just to do the simple stuff. Maybe just me.
I have done a lot of mold work with MC9. Starting to learn MCX. Definitely some improvement over MC9, but another learning curve since some components were removed or combined. Also have been using Solidworks. SW does have some power in applications that MC keeps getting error messages, so lately I have been bouncing between the three to get certain things done.
Also played with OneCNC. Seemed easy to use. I usually rate a software on its ease of use if I can click around and actually accomplish something with out looking at the help menu.
Another software I want to check into lately is VISI. I have heard it is a good software for mold work. Any opinions on this one?
you are thinking of checking out Visi,, have you considered Cimatron, this differs to most because it has a perfect surface/solid interface and better than most there is a feature tree for changing features you placed in the mould, and with the integration you can even pull electrodes and complet ALL NC operations with ease
Last edited by Tony the Ferret; 11-15-2007 at 06:13 PM. Reason: spelling
I think Delcam soft ware for milling named Power mill is exellent in milling process it is really userfrindly CNC milling software.
But Edge cam is really powerful soft ware too I like it becuase you could manage all manufacturing process and Editing on it just by clicking on browser and it is really powerfull in 2 1/2 machining I use it for 6 years like as Power mill you could make your sample machine in it you could use it for your workshop for CNC lathes and Milling or Wire Erosion Programing too
For 3d and 5 axis work,delcam powermill will knock spots off the competition.But when it comes to 2d work its garbage
Didn't Delcam buy out Feature Mill? wouldn't that help their 2-1/2 axis stuff? Or is that another module you have to buy from them? I would think if you bought the flagship 3-d stuff it would include the best they had for 2-1/2 axis work as well.