I'm very new to the cnc community and cad/cam/art programs. on advice from several machinist friends i purchased bobcad/cam bobart pro v22 and i am quite pleased and intimidated. after 3 weeks of play on this software i must say i didn't know what i didn't know! artwork and pictures are somewhat beyond my abilities but the program can handle it. I'm currently cutting out gear sets for a muller drivetrain, replacement parts (patterns) for my hobby milling machine and designing an indexing fixture from plans. I built the Rockcliff fixed gantry cnc primarily to help me make 3d patterns for casting in aluminum and plastic- now im doing that and pictures,engravings etc...
Bobcad will take me some time to get good, however results w/pics and engraving are quick.
I aso tried vcarve pro- seems like a great program but i wanted more cad than it seems to offer.
One thing about bobcad- seems a bit unforgiving with "random double-clicks and impossible actions" xp said by by several times in the beginning. Ha!