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Re: Learn the truth about BobCAD-CAM
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2012, 05:30:25 PM »
The BobART software is an add on for BobCAD CAM.  By adding the BobART  it gives you options to work with image files like PDF, AI, ESP.  You can also work with raster images like,  BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIF and many more. 

So how do use use this.  It's simple bring an image in, trace it emboss it and machine it. 

Step 1 :  Load an image file

There are 2 options for loading an image file. 

RT Click on the BobART Manager

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RT Click on Images 

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Step 2: Trace the image

At this point you have 2 options,  you can vectorize the image or trace over it.

The result we are looking for is a wire frame out line of the part we want to emboss.

In other words we want to go from this:

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To This

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How is this done?  Well it's really simple!  Use this video link to learn more.


Step 3: Emboss it

Now that we have the traced image we want to emboss it, or give it thickness and depth.  This is done using the emboss model features in BobART.  You can take closed chains ( what we created when tracing the image) and emboss them.  There are many options for embossing. 

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Use this video link to learn how to emboss with BobART


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Step 4: Machine it

This would be your final step, cutting the part.  What you are looking to do is create tool path for the embossed model. 

The result would look like this

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Use this video link to learn more: http://screencast.com/t/KV901FkDE

Give it a try yourself!
BobCAD CAM V25 4 Axis Standard
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2012, 06:07:10 PM »
Many BobCAD CAM clients that run a 4 axis have requested to work directly with Solids or STL files. In the past we only offered 4 axis indexing and wrapping so working with solids was just not a reality.    BobCAD's V25 4 axis standard now offers 4 axis rotary tool path based off of solids.

So let's say you have a 3D solid that looks like this:

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Using the 4 Axis Rotary tool paths you have the option to cut along or around the model.  You can cut with a Zig, Zig Zag or spiral pattern

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The cut model ends up looking like this:

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Watch this video to learn more about the work flow:   http://screencast.com/t/vuDyI3DAbQYL

We have also added a Tool Path Pattern feature.  What this allows you to do is create 1 tool path feature or a series of tool path features and make an array or rotation or translation of those tool paths. This is a very useful feature all around, but when it comes to 4 axis is saves huge amounts of time.

Watch this video to learn more about the workflow:


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Re: Learn the truth about BobCAD-CAM
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2013, 09:18:01 PM »
I see alot of fancy pictures and neat parts, however, I tried to register for the demo, never got a link to the demo software.
I found a link to some software, looks right, but I notice files are missing when I tried to follow the Bobcad V25 manual.
Went to download post-processors, the webpage wouldn't let me choose a version of Bobcad.

So far, I am only slightly more impressed with Bobcad than Visual Mill.  Visual Mill's demo with FreeMill crashed my VMWare when I loaded an autocad drawing.

I would love to believe in Bobcad, but unless I can see a demo that isn't missing files, can take a basic autocad file with a block with a couple of holes and turn that into G-Code,
I'll never spend money on it.

Re: Learn the truth about BobCAD-CAM
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2013, 09:25:43 PM »
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BobCAD CAM Questions
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2013, 09:42:04 AM »
If you are interested in learning more about the BobCAD CAM software, give me a call.  866-408-3226.    I can send you a demo so that you can test the program and find out if it's right for you.  

Al DePoalo

Re: Learn the truth about BobCAD-CAM
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2013, 03:15:53 PM »
OK.   I am getting a little annoyed with BobCad.  I just purchased a copy of V24 and I am trying to make a 2D drawing. The part is symetrical.  It is a mirror image of the left side to the right side.  I am having almost no luck copying and pasting holes and slots from one side of the drawing to the other.  I will admit this is new to me. 

What I want to do is copy and paste from one part of the drawing to another.  I can get the software to copy and paste to a new instance but not to itself.  This should be simple but I cannot get there from here.  Can you show me how?  Can I send you a copy?


Henry Staub

I am a registered user.  You guys don't really have much of a forum that I could find
Re: Learn the truth about BobCAD-CAM
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2013, 03:23:02 PM »
Sorry to hear that.  Those guys never sent me a link to there demo.

Good thing though.  I downloaded a demo of AutoDesk Inventor LT, and a demo of SolidCAM's InventorCAM that integrates with Inventor LT.
I was able to create 3D shapes, and then use InventorCAM to profile, pocket, drill, etc.

With the default machine type I exported the GCode to Mach3, did a find/replace for  :  to  O, because they used colons for the subroutines, and it ran in Mach 3.

This was the only demo product that actually worked for me.  30 day demo for both products, so you can create a bunch a G-code to see if it works for you.
Re: Learn the truth about BobCAD-CAM
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2013, 03:25:14 PM »
Yeah, and the reason that guy is smiling up there is because he is busy surfing with all the money people spent on that crap.
Mirror Features
« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2013, 08:25:05 AM »
I am not sure why you are having an issue with the mirror or copy and past feature.  If you would like to call me I can do a quick demo on the software and sort things out for you.

Here is a link for our help files that talks about the mirror feature and how it works:   http://www.bobcad.com/components/webhelp/BobCADCAMV25/en/CAD/Utilities/Mirror_%28Utilities%29.htm

This link is for a video I made where I show how to use the feature step by step:  http://youtu.be/A4oZQfmfrF0

If you have more questions about using BobCAD you can always call me or reply in this thread.

Happy BobCAD CAM Customers:
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2013, 08:26:13 AM »
1. “We use BobCAD to design and machine guitar parts. It is especially useful for the more complex parts such as necks and bridges. We are a small shop, 2 people, and BobCAD gives us a 3rd hardworking employee – our trusty cnc machine. The training we received at the seminar in Dallas really gave us a jump start in the use of BobCAD.” -Chris Jenkins, Lame Horse Instruments, Mansfield, TX

2.“We make the best gas engines for giant same model aircraft with BobCAD, and we wouldn’t change it for anything! BobCAD allows us to create beautiful parts fast and efficiently, and their customer support is second to none. BobCAD for us has been the difference between having to contract CAM services and being able to create our parts by ourselves.” -Mateo Saraga, SE Model Products, Miami, FL

3. “I use BobCAD at my shop to make knee and hip implant tooling that doctors and surgeons use every day. From multiple part assemblies to single 3D parts, BobCAD gives me the affordable flexibility to get parts from design to cutting in no time. Whether I get a file from a customer or I draw it myself, the CAM interface makes it easy to get my tools applied, program into the machine control, and get going!” -Jim Blinkenberg, Cameron Park, CA

4. “We use BobCAD V25 on our Amada Laser. We design and nest using BobCAD to get the most out of our machine. We have also started using BobCAD on our Flow Waterjet and are having great results. BobCAD has been a great tool and the new features on V25 are working flawlessly. The best thing about BobCAD is the ability to import files from our other software and use the utilities drop down menu to connect the lines and arcs to make a complete part with ease.” -Doug Parks, N-FAB, Houston, TX

5. “I use BobCAD in my shop to create signs, letter cutouts, engravings, shelf parts, picture frame parts, decorations, really anything I or my customers can imagine. We have used V24 for a year now and we have barely tapped its capabilities. This software has made life so much easier. I have had a great time learning to use v24. I bought a 24” by 60” cnc router and the V24 software with no prior cnc or CAD/CAM experience and thanks to BobCAD, we were able to produce useable parts the first day we turned the machine on. I have never had any problems with the software other than what comes from my lack of experience. It does a lot of the work by itself. I was concerned at first with the price, but it really has paid for itself in time saved within the first year. And we are just a small business. BobCAD has definitely increased our sales and profitability. I plan to begin working with V24 to make an electric guitar. This used to seem impossible, but now it’s definitely do-able. Thanks to BobCAD V24. Soon I would like to upgrade to V25.” -Phillip Lucas, Philz Woodwerks, Phil Campbell, AL

6. “We are building a 74ft steel sailboat in our front yard and in our little home shop; we have a 5 x 9 CNC plasma/router table. We’ve used BobCAD for making multiple parts and tools, but the best project so far has been making a propeller blade pattern we used to cast our one propellers. We also cut multiple models of the hull, but now that the hull is taking shape, we are really enjoying making functional parts that are also decorative.  We recently designed and cut 54 – 1/4″ steel, mermaid deck braces.” -Doug Jackson, Tulsa, OK

7. “I use BobCAD-CAM to design small engine parts for the kart racing industry. Using BobCAD makes it very easy for me to generate the machine code right from the drawing without having to use a separate software program.  I find the CAD very easy to use now that I have become more familiar with it.  I have also used the BobART module it to generate drawings and code from scanned items saving a lot of time by not having to actually make the drawing.” -Tim Taylor, Track Trends, New Hudson, MI

8. “BobCAD is the most useful tool in my work shop. I’m developing a stringed musical instrument business that used to wreck my hands and limit my ability to play. With BobCAM and its ease to use, I can cut parts in 15% of the time it used to take me to hand make them. I’ve used Pro E but BobCAM is far easier to use. After only 3 weeks with the great tutorials I was able to cut my first Mandolin neck. I’m now onto my own design of upright electric basses, designing the backs, tops, necks and all the other blocks to build this bass. BobCAM will definitely send me into full time building in the next few months.” -Douglas Kemp, Douglas Strings, North Ridgenille, OH

9. “Although my main use for BobCAD is hobby related, I also use it in my business. I design engrave and V-Carve plastic signs for Photo voltaic installations to indicate the presence of solar power, identify  shutoff switches and maps of the installation to assist emergency responders such as firefighters to ensure all power is turned off. I have designed and machined parts for a middle school under water l robotics team, which helped them win their regional competition and place 11th in the world competition. My hobby related uses have been to design and fabricate aluminum router mounts for my home built CNC machine, machine parts for the addition of a fourth axis, fabricate wood parts for gifts such as a rotating ear ring, necklace stand and jewelry boxes, and to make several commemorative plaques out of Koa for my wife to give out at her family reunion.” -Chip Conklin, Chips Marine LLC, Kailua Kona, HI

10. “I design molds from start to finish for the integrated circuit industry. Our parts are very small so it’s an art in itself. I also make a vast type of I.C. test sockets. I like the mat. setups for the fact that I cut a vast type of materials, plastics, tool steels, etc. I’m getting really good with the BobArt PRO. It’s so cool and it shocks my friends as to how I can be so good at art. I don’t tell them how easy you all have made it. If I can, in the years to come, do nothing but art work and program from my home that is my goal with BobCAD-CAM software… So far so good. I have 4 seats of the software for myself. I am also teaching my son to program. That is a gift I can give him for his future. I can’t even tell you how much BobCAD has helped me in the shop. Thank you all, I love it.” -Steve Eckhoff, Precision Contacts, Fair Oaks, CA

11. “I use BobCAD to create one-off car and motorcycle parts on my Hurco BMC 4020. The ideas for the parts either come from existing pieces or from friends with ideas.  From simple parts to complex 3d shapes, BobCAD allows me to create this in less time and effort. What an awesome product for the money. Go BobCAD team!” -Henry Kenuam, St Louis, MO

12. “We use it [BobCAD-CAM software] to design/build parts for antique cars and tractors. We also use it to develop art works and designs for an NC plasma cutter. Main use is components for marine and automotive use manufactured on our Haas Mill. We also use it to design/manufacture model R/C car and airplane components. We have used it to design and produce a Company logo on a 3 ft x 3 ft office type sign.” -Tom Weber, Toms Marine, Ft McMurray, Alberta