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Forum topic by oldnovice posted 12-03-2012 06:10 AM 909 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2012 06:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question computer cad design software

I would like to know if any jocks are using/have used bobcad?

I see pop ups for this company and it’s products but I have never heard of this company or products!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 07:03 AM

I personally have not used bobcad, but my CNC mentor did. Bobcad software was his go to software in the beginning and he liked it, but didn’t solidly endorse it. He then purchased the Aspire software and shortly thereafter offloaded the bobcad and never looked back. Take it for what it is worth, second hand information from someone you don’t know, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging w/o someone weighing in. I credit my mentor with getting me past my mental shortcomings in the CNC department and can trace any success I have had back to him.

I was sold ArtCAM Express with my CNC and still have a red arse over being bullied into buying it. I guess their reasoning was you have to have some type of CAM software to generate the cutting codes so sell the customer the cheapest software you can to get them started to meet some kind of price point in the market. I wish I had been better informed or better counseled on the software issue and probably would have opted for the Vectric package instead. The other sad thing is the CNC vendor doesn’t even support the ArtCAM Express software. From what I can tell, based upon a few online classes I took through ShopBot (another CNC vendor I considered before I purchased my Legacy unit) the Vectric/Aspire software more closely imitates AutoCAD software, which I am much more familiar with.

Live and learn. Saving my nickels and dimes for the Aspire software.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 07:26 AM

^ Thanks, after I saw the pop up I went to check prices and that stuff is out of my league!

I use PartWorks3D for my CNC as I can create VRML and STL that just drop into PartWorks3D for generating my tool paths. However, I am new to this whole CNC ball game and I really haven’t had a chance to find out its limits.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 01:52 PM

Over the years I have work with CNC machines, both in sailmaking and woodworking. I have found that the only limits the the machine has is yourself.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 02:08 PM

I’ve used BobCAD before and I don’t like it.

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