Fwd: [SherlineCNC] Low Cost Software
> Hi Folks:Hi, Herb:
> Have any of you had experience with CAD-CAM programs that can be used to prepare drawings and then write g-code that will work with a Sherline mill using EMC2 software? Can you recommend any relatively inexpensive (i.e. ca. $100 or less) commercial program(s) that will accomplish these goals?
> Herb House
I can offer a couple of suggestions, one of which may be in your price bracket:
1. Fred Smith used to offer a $50 CAD-Only version of Vector. This program had the ability to take a drawing and set the start and finish points of lines that connected together so that they form a continuous curve. This is quite useful when you generate the G-Code to cut the curve. Since this version is CAD only, you'll need to find a copy of ACE converter, which will convert DXF format files that Vector can write into G-Code that your tool can read and act upon. ACE used to be available at www.dakeng.com.
2. Purchase the bottom end version of Vector CAD-CAM. This program is a pretty decent drawing program that has the ability to generate G-Code. I'm using a copy that's about six years old and find that it does everything that I need. Since I've not been in the market for CAD software since, I really don't know what current pricing or capability is.
I've used the software I mention in alternative #1 and was quite happy with it until I purchased a copy of the CAD-CAM version of Vector, which I've used for the past six or so years.
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