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Can this be true, free Mach Turn CADD CAM/PP that works?
« on: December 17, 2016, 09:00:22 AM »
Stumbled onto this today, post #38.  Isn't that the Holy Grail to lathe users?  http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/computer-aided-machining-cam/fusion-turn-fanuc-post-fpr-g95/td-p/5761817/page/2

I don't use Fusion 360 yet but it sure is tempting!
Milton from Tennessee ya'll.
Re: Can this be true, free Mach Turn CADD CAM/PP that works?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2016, 02:45:18 AM »
Hi DICKEYBIRD,
yes its for real. I used it for some months and it does a pretty good job.

I think this is Autodesks way of enticing potential customers to try their wares. Once you become accustomed to
their interface and way of doing things then you will want to try their other products as well. Having said that Fusion 360
is pretty damn good.

In the event I found the CAD part not so good. I think its meant to be easy and intuitive for newcomers and to be fair it is that.
Also the freehand drawing and 3D modelling is meant to encourage almost artistic creation and again to be fair it does that.
What I found frustrating is that flexibility/intuitive thing prevented me from setting the properties and behaviour that I wanted
for engineering parts and I went back to my regular CAD/CAM which while is very cussed to use given the level of setup and determination
required it can thereafter produce VERY good CAD and excellent toolpaths optimised for the job at hand.

Try Fusion 360, I think you will be impressed. You may not hang with it forever but the again you may....its good.

Craig
My wife left with my best friend...
     and I miss him!
Re: Can this be true, free Mach Turn CADD CAM/PP that works?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2016, 10:26:18 AM »
Thanks Craig, it sure is tempting!  I use an old (v9) of TurboCAD and Dolphin v10 that Hood was gracious enough to pass on to this colonist for cheap.  TCAD feels like a warm old bathrobe & slippers to me.  It's all I need for my simple stuff.:)  Dolphin (mostly the Mach post) gives me fits at times but does the job well.  If I was 20 years younger I'd be all over Fusion but at 69 years old I don't want to spend the time needed to learn it.  Main reason for the post about Fusion/lathe was to help out with anyone else's quest for "free" lathe CAM that looks like it actually works.
Milton from Tennessee ya'll.