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where to start ?
« on: February 16, 2012, 05:51:16 PM »
Hello Folks.....well I joined this group 'cause I need to learn to do some CNC engraving ( lines & text)  in brass.  I want to use a Zenbot 16 X 24 router as the hardware and Zenbot recommends Mach 3 software.

 So.....where to start ?  It seems totally overwhelming.  Like.....do I use Mach3 to draw the project ? If not, then what program to use ?  I've been playing with Autocad a bit but find it  pretty daunting.  I'm sure there is easier software to use for simple engraving.
  I don't want to be writing code or diagnosing code. Even if I had the ability !  I want an easy to use and RELIABLE system that can do a bit of engraving.
 But, as I said,  can someone suggest a "drawing " program to get this project started ?

  Looking forward to opening the door on this ! !

  cheers and regards:
      Les

 

   

Offline olf20

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Re: where to start ?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 06:13:52 PM »
I know there are a lot of options. But this software VcarvePro
will do almost anything you want. Go to this site and read up
on it. I have done some amazing things that I would never thought
I could do. Also the forum is loaded with skilled and helpful people
very willing to help!
http://www.vectric.com/
olf20 / Bob
Mach3, Atlas Knee Mill, 4th Axis, VcarvePro, ESS, Super PID.
Been Heating with corn since 1998

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Re: where to start ?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 07:43:39 PM »
DeskEngrave is easy to use and is free, do a search of the internet.
You can do anything you want using CAD since you can draw you owne text, but, the above should provide you a start for free
and very little learning.

RICH

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Re: where to start ?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 07:56:56 PM »
For simple text engraving, Stickfont is free.
http://www.ncplot.com/stickfont/stickfont.htm
Gerry

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Re: where to start ?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012, 08:34:32 PM »
.....or the Write wizard that is included with Mach.
The MonoTXT font is a simple stick type.
The "all in one" aproach.

Russ