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Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« on: April 09, 2008, 05:24:48 PM »
Hi all,
I am in need of a 3-D program that is easy to use to generate G-code for simple parts.
Is there a program like that out there that is compatible with Mach 3, and that will work well
with a milling machine to cut top profiles of parts?
Please let me know
Thanks,
Brian
Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008, 10:14:04 PM »
I am using mastercam , does a nice job

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Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2008, 10:01:39 AM »
Hi Brian,

Have a look at G-Simple. This is a good 3D with a short learning cycle and it's free. (I was able to make stuff within a couple of hours).

http://www.gsimple.gr/

good luck,

Tweakie.
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Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2008, 06:14:57 PM »
Hi Brian,

Have a look at G-Simple. .......it's free.
http://www.gsimple.gr/

good luck,

Tweakie.
Good selling point as must 3d software start at $1500 and just go up
Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2008, 09:00:12 PM »
Is Gsimple a true 3d code generator or just 2 1/2 D like the wizards in mach? I downloaded it and I dont see any 3d Surfacing

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Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 01:52:40 AM »
Sorry Brian,

I misunderstood your question re- simple parts. What exactly do you want to be able to produce ?.

For 3D surfacing, a program such as 'Bmp2cnc' will do the job but it will not profile cut well so it is important to know what you want to do.
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Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2008, 02:59:36 AM »
Rhino 3D is very intuitive to learn.
It also has a great contextual help file. 
It doesn't take long to learn either. 
It also exports into any file type you needand it is a true 3D nurbs surfacing application.

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Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2008, 10:35:34 AM »
Hi Brian,

Another possibility is CamBam. This is still under development and it's 3D support is still limited but with a very active forum and support team it is getting there fast. (It is not that simple to understand - I have been learning for some time now).

http://www.cambam.co.uk/

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Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2008, 07:54:17 AM »
Rhino is a very good 3D package but now your up to $4500 for 3D and 4TH axis. that a lot ofmoney if your just doing this for a hobby. I am looking at getting Rhino as it will handle both point and mesh files. You can get Bobcad V21 for a few hundred bucks and will do a nice job on 2 1/2 and 3D. But it is no Rhino

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Re: Is there a simple 3-D program I can use
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2008, 11:22:20 AM »
I use Meshcam, it's quite good and Robert is in the process of altering the path code.

I think he's still doing a deal were you can get Both Meshcam and Cutviewer mill together.

It also has basic 4th axis and double sided milling.

Steve