I have been wanting for a while now to make some violin tops / backs, along with some other instrument parts on my 3 axis CNC router. Currently I'm just making 2.5 parts for guys building tube amps (including myself) and I'm using OneCNC Express.
Here's my question.... Across the board, whats the BEST and easiest to use CAD/CAM software for designing and cutting the contours associated with musical instruments??
Would a good 3D mechanical design program work the best? What about compared to a program designed for the wood industry (like ArtCAM)?
Like I said, I'm currently using OneCNC Express (2.5D) and for what I'm doing now, it works like a DREAM. So, would upgrading to Pro or Expert be advantageous or a good route? Or should I look at different suite all together.
For the most part I know you get what you pay for. So I don't expect to get something for nothing. I'm not even prepared to shell out the dough for a program of this caliber right now. Eventually when I do though, I want it to be the right one. Does anyone know anything about AlphaCAM? A friend of mine in the Solid Surface Counter top biz is very proficient with it and he acts like its the trick for many things. Instruments?
PLEASE....somebody shed some light on the subject. Thanks in advance!