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OPPINIONS ON CAD SOFTWARE
« on: June 19, 2008, 08:55:25 AM »
I have looked into many software packages but still a little confused which one would be most effective for me and my bridgeport.Looking for advise on different softwares?Does anybody use Dolphin and what are its down falls.Thanks Guys

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Re: OPPINIONS ON CAD SOFTWARE
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2008, 01:39:59 PM »
Hi, D CUSTOMS

Hear are a couple of links to look at.

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,6553.0.html

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php?action=links

I'm using TurboCad and BobCad/Cam, There are quite a few out there for sure.

Post a link to your web-page, Couldn't find it.

Thanks, Chip
« Last Edit: June 19, 2008, 01:42:48 PM by Chip »
Re: OPPINIONS ON CAD SOFTWARE
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2008, 06:25:53 PM »
there are many type of cad/cam out there. Dolphin is a good package from what I hear for the price. You really need to decide on what type pakeage you need. Are you looking for just 2d or 3d. are you looking to do art type files. Do you need a full blow cad system for doing solids ect.
There are big price changes with the feature you either want or need.
I will say that I would not buy Bobcad V22 at this time. The system is still unstable and buggie. But I will say the V21 is a very good version for the money. You can do 3d and solid cad work. I have seen it sell for as little as $300/USD
Re: OPPINIONS ON CAD SOFTWARE
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008, 05:56:05 AM »
I use DesignCAD for all my 2D work. Version 17 3D max has good export facilities. 3D is a steep learning curve - not a program I use every day! ContourCAM integrates with DesignCAD but I have yet to use it in earnest.
Have a look at:-

http://www.designcad.com/Products/DesignCADSeries/DesignCADv18/tabid/325/Default.aspx
http://www.contourcam.com/usa/Default.asp
Postprocessor for Mach3 at:-
http://www.magicsystems.com/usa/default.asp
DesignCAD forum at :-
http://forum.designcadcommunity.com/index.php?board=1.0

Ian

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Re: OPPINIONS ON CAD SOFTWARE
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008, 02:12:42 PM »
I have looked into many software packages but still a little confused which one would be most effective for me and my bridgeport.Looking for advise on different softwares?Does anybody use Dolphin and what are its down falls.

I use FastCAD v6.5 for the CAD work and it is excellent. I am using BobCAD v17 for generating tool paths. I have several mills including a full size bed mill (30" x 20" x 20") and it fits together nicely.

I have not checked out EasyCAD form the same people, but it might be enough for what you need.

http://www.fastcad.com/x-products.html

Dave