CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

All types of topics and discussions can be found here.

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby johntech » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:31 pm

Here is another "free" cad package from Autodesk 123. I havent tried it yet but it's for 3D drawings

http://www.123dapp.com/create

John
User avatar
johntech
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:09 pm
Zen Model: Zen 1212

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby skrubol » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:04 am

I've used 123d a little, and it seems pretty good. I like it much better than sketchup.
User avatar
skrubol
Forum Resident
 
Posts: 223
Joined: Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:40 am
Zen Model: Zen 0712 (Ext. Mod)

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby roller » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:04 am

Yeah 123D is much more product/manufacturing oriented. I can't believe we've not added it to this list earlier.
User avatar
roller
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 474
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:54 pm
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Zen Model: Zen 0712 (Ext. Mod)

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby MarkDammit » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:39 pm

These links you guys are putting up are awesome! I'm looking for some 3D software CAD CAM I can design and mill it out from a mac computer anyone already know the best place to look? The 123D looks good would it work for me if I were to make plastic or wood movie props? Thanks everyone.
User avatar
MarkDammit
Normal User
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:12 am
Zen Model: Zen 1212

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby rawkstar320 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:22 pm

The new update for 123D offers CAM services too! So not only can you design your part, but it will spit out Gcode. Pretty cool!
Check out my Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WondrousWidgets

Interested in making your own machinable wax? Check out: http://www.instructables.com/id/Machinable-Wax/
User avatar
rawkstar320
Forum Resident
 
Posts: 306
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:12 pm
Zen Model: Zen 0707
Other CNC Info: Zen 7x7 w Dremel 4000 and GRBL

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby MechaDrafter » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:26 pm

Thanks for the heads up rawkstar! That's awesome.

I've used 123D before, and it's pretty limited but works. It's basically just Inventor with a lot of features removed. But if the CAM works well, it should be very valuable.

Can it do 3D CAM, or just 2D?
User avatar
MechaDrafter
CNC Addict
 
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:01 pm
Zen Model: Zen 0712 (Ext. Mod)

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby roller » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:51 pm

It also became more useful for 3D printing too - saving out as STL now as well. Unfortunately the CNC (gcode generation) utility is Windows only at the moment - looking forward to universal support (it says windows only - seems to work on Mac but just hangs up in the translating stage).

Autodesk are also offering "premium accounts" with some extra online features for $100 USD which offers a free pro instrucatables account and an online printing voucher for $100.
User avatar
roller
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 474
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:54 pm
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Zen Model: Zen 0712 (Ext. Mod)

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby MechaDrafter » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:46 am

So I played around with 123d a little bit last night, and it does do 3D milling, which is great. However, it only outputs gcode for two machines "Shopbot Desktop" and "Shopbot Buddy." And the gcode isn't compatible with LinuxCNC. There might be a way around that, or to add post processing for LinuxCNC, but I didn't have time to figure it out.
User avatar
MechaDrafter
CNC Addict
 
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:01 pm
Zen Model: Zen 0712 (Ext. Mod)

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby roller » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:15 am

That's a shame ... there are some shobot to basic gcode converters around - i used one once to do a shopbot project for someone. So long as it doesn't have advanced parameters supported by shopbot like loops etc then its not to hard to convert ... google around you will find something suitable.
User avatar
roller
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 474
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:54 pm
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Zen Model: Zen 0712 (Ext. Mod)

Re: CNC Applications (Recommended Freeware)

Postby rawkstar320 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:19 am

Im guess AutoDesk bought out Shopbot? (they have been doing a lot of buying lately...) So I guess for all the "Free" stuff they provide, it makes sense that they would at least try to get you to pay something for it. (ie, buy a shopbot)
Check out my Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WondrousWidgets

Interested in making your own machinable wax? Check out: http://www.instructables.com/id/Machinable-Wax/
User avatar
rawkstar320
Forum Resident
 
Posts: 306
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:12 pm
Zen Model: Zen 0707
Other CNC Info: Zen 7x7 w Dremel 4000 and GRBL

PreviousNext

Return to General Discussions

cron

x