Which software do you need is all depends on what you want to do with your CNC router. Each type of work has more than one program title that will work for you. It is important to understand what it is you want to do, and what machining methods you will need in order to produce your work. The reason is because when it comes to software, there is a significant difference in features and price on the multiple software titles out there. Depending on what type of work you want to do, you may be able to get a simple low or mid-range title that will do everything you need.
If you plan on making V Carved Signs or 2D parts, Vectric’s V Carve Pro is as good a program. This title comes standard on all CAMaster CNC Routers with exception to the Stinger I which comes with Vectric’s Cut 2D Pro. This title even has great manufacturing tools such as nesting, tabbing, engraving and lots more.
If 3D (2.5D) is what you are looking for, Vectric’s Aspire software will be a good choice. Aspire is laid out just like V Carve Pro but offers a modeling package with standard tools for producing top quality 3D artwork. Vectric offers an upgrade path from VCarve Pro to Aspire.
These options from Vectric a great fit for of 90% of non-production users.
Other software options with more robust tools and features are Enroute and ArtCAM.
For cabinet makers there are lots of offerings to choose from. One that stands out for the small 1-3 man shops is Mozaik. It is a pay by month title that offers a lot of the capabilities that the larger more expensive packages have, though not all. One place that it lacks is the limited nature of its rendering feature for cabinets and rooms for submittals. If you need a more streamlined and feature rich software, KCD Software is a great option. Another option is Cabinet Vision.
Can I use AutoCAD? Yes, AutoCAD drawings can be imported into most software design packages as a dxf. This makes it simple if your shop is already using CAD drawings. This will keep you from having to redo all the work you already have invested time into.
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