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  1. Charlie

    Charlie New
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    Hello Everyone,

    This is a great forum with a lot of great resources. Thanks to all that have made this happen.

    I am new to CNC of any kind and I have a few questions that I hope can be answered here. I am building the Ox Router. Thats the easy part. I plan on using Linux CNC for the control program. What I am having trouble with is The Cad package I need to use to draw the part or what ever O want to build. Do I need a 3D package like Solid works or can I design parts in a 2d cad program and then use a cam program to generate the G-code? Also How rigid/accurate is the G3 belt system? Thanks


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    Hi Charlie,

    Welcome.

    It depends, to a large extent, on how much you are prepared to spend on software.
    My choice would be the Vectric CAD/CAM software but it can be expensive, on the other hand the free Sketchup and associated Sketchucam plugin may be a good place to start.

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    Hi Tweakie,

    thanks for the reply.So I do need a 3D cad package? I will look at Vectric.

    Charlie
     
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    OK So I see at the Vectric website they have cut2d. would this work to get me started?
     
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    You don't need 3D software unless you intend to machine 3D things (well it's 2.5D really) so 2D software may be just fine for your intended applications.
    There is a lot of free software available for doing 2D work but if you have the finances then I think Cut2D would be a good choice, it is easy to learn, has very good support and tutorial videos etc. and in my opinion does an excellent job.

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  6. GrayUK

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    Hi Charlie.
    If you haven't watched any Vectric videos, go on to You Tube and tap in Vectric. They have quite a few vids there. :thumbsup:
    Another good one is Artcam. It's a big program like Vectric, but you can learn a lot just watching them. :thumbsup:

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    Thanks GrayUK,

    I have watched some of the Vetric videos and I think that is what I need. I will take a look at Artcam.

    With a cnc router do you think it is necessary to invest in a 3d cad package? I guess it depends on what I want to do. Thaks for the help.

    Regards
    Charlie
     
  8. GrayUK

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    Unless you have definate plans to carve in 3D, i.e. faces of animals or people in relief, or anything requiring a greater degree of depth, then a 2D or 2.5D program will suit you. :thumbsup:

    It really is up to you. If you can tell us what you have in mind, like House signs, or aluminium milling etc, then perhaps we can advise. :cool:

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    Hi Gray,

    Well I plan on doing signs, PCBs and anything 2D. I think I have the software I will use figured out.

    Cut2D looks really good. Thanks for the advice.

    Regards

    Charlie
     

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