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Forum topic by Brian posted 01-28-2015 10:14 PM 763 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brian

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01-28-2015 10:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question carving tool router milling carving tip

I have a cnc it’s a shapeoko 2 I have benn trying to use sketchup to draw stuff but I’m looking for a cam program. I can’t open up my sketchup files in easel or maker cam. I would like to use a free program but would not mind paying for a program if it’s not to expensive. Or trying a different cad program.

-- Brian K


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#1 posted 01-28-2015 11:16 PM

So the problem is DXF. If you can get sketchup to produce a dxf, then Cambam or one of the other free CAM programs will do what you want.

The free version of Sketchup will not export a DXF file, but the paid one does. BTW, did you know that if you are an educator, you can get a free copy of the full version? You need a faculty ID.

Anyway, there is a plugin that will do DXF export from the free version, but I’ve had some issues with it.

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#2 posted 01-29-2015 03:54 AM

I use TurboCAD to produce a dxf file that I use in CAMBAM to produce the nc file that Mach3 uses to control the router. TurboCAD is a very inexpensive program that is relatively easy to use. And CAMBAM allows you to try it out before you buy it. And it’s only $150. All three of these programs work very well together. CAMBAM has a rudimentary CAD, but I would not want to try anything complicated. Also keep in mind that i just use this for 2.5d work, but it meets all my needs.

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#3 posted 01-29-2015 06:23 AM

There is a dxf export plugin for Sketchup (several actually but only one that works). I forget the name of the functional plugin and no seldom use it since purchasing Sketchup Pro. It also does stl exports which I need for working with solids in CAM.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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