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2D Sheet Metal Software for Mach
« on: July 26, 2009, 04:17:34 PM »
There are so many of you out there that some one should know of an economical sheet metal program.
I am looking for 2D software to work with Mach for our waterjet but the CNC software doesn't have to be only for a waterjet. The options that I think are critical are as follows......

1) Cutter comp left or right with variable diameter
2) Flexible internal cut Sequencing with variable width tabbing & be easy to move the lead in & lead out start location
3) Corner feed rate ramping with of feed rate % changing through selecting elements in CAD drawing for a certain % like small little arcs & sharp directional changes.
    I have been working with G-Code for a very long time but I don't want to have to search for little arcs to assign different feed rates in the G-Code file
4) Software needs to be able to handle very complex 2D decorative or artistic files without crashing or sending elements randomly upon import due to the program getting confused
5) Software needs to be able to link to or have a material library capability & thickness of the material option with feeds for each

Please let me know if there are any good programs out there

Thanks
Steve




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Re: 2D Sheet Metal Software for Mach
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2009, 05:45:23 PM »
I think #3 might be tough. Can't you set up Mach's CV angle and distance modes to handle that? Vectrics Cut2D might work well for you, but won't do #3 or #5. I think you might have to spend a bit of money for those.
Gerry

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