CAD/CAM using SketchUp and SketchUCam

CAD/CAM using SketchUp and SketchUCam

SketchUp has a lot of great potential as a CAD software, but SketchUCam, a plug-in, gives SketchUp the power to generate G-code out of your creations. I don’t know if I’m personally sold on using this solution, however, it’s worth taking a look at it.

You can download sketchup, and SketchUCam at:
http://www.sketchup.com/download/all
http://sketchucam.jimdo.com/

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CAD/CAM using Techne CAD/CAM

CAD/CAM using Techne CAD/CAM

Here’s a very basic example of what you can do with Techne CAD/CAM. I’m on a quest to find a better software solution for CAD and CAM, so I thought I’d show off what I found along the way. The Shapeoko 2 is a versatile tool, but it can’t do anything if you don’t have software that works efficiently for you.
Techne CAD/CAM is a free and open source CAD and CAM solution. It has some deficiencies, but at the end of the day it’s free. I highly recommend that everybody download it, and give it a try.

Here’s a link to where you can find:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/technecadcam/

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CAD/CAM using Cut2D

CAD/CAM using Cut2D

Here’s a very basic example of what you can do with Cut2D. I’m on a quest to find a better software solution for CAD and CAM, so I thought I’d show off what I found along the way. The Shapeoko 2 is a versatile tool, but it can’t do anything if you don’t have software that works efficiently for you.
Cut2D is a pretty nice piece of software. It’s clean, well-organized, and very easy to understand. It has a lot of graphical cues to clue you in to what certain options are, and overall it seems very versatile.

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CAD/CAM using Inkscape and Makercam

CAD/CAM using Inkscape and Makercam

Here’s a very basic example of what you can do with Inkscape and Makercam. Since I’m starting on a quest to find a better software solution for CAD and CAM I thought I’d show off what I started with first. The Shapeoko 2 is a versatile tool, but it can’t do anything if you don’t have software that works efficiently for you. Right now I’m not sure whether or not this software is the best solution for me, so I decided that it would be valuable to start trying out some of the other solutions that are out there.

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