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Re: CAM software
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2017, 09:02:28 AM »
Everyone does know that Fusion 360 is free to amateur use and includes a good 3D CAM capability, yes?
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Re: CAM software
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2017, 08:12:17 PM »
I did know but not yet tried it, it is a plug in isn't it?

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Re: CAM software
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2017, 08:59:27 AM »
No, it is a 3DCAD program that runs at least partially on their servers.

As they describe it, "Fusion 360TM is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC."

It can, I think, even be run on a tablet and phone. Older operating systems are not supported though IIRC. It is my backup if my current software, Alibre Design, ever fails in one way or the other.

Go take a look: https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview?mktvar002=698238&mkwid=sfZbQCulc|pcrid|193265048612|pkw|fusion%20360|pmt|e|pdv|c|&&gclid=CKjb-buthNYCFRK1wAod5XkA5A
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Re: CAM software
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2017, 08:33:38 PM »
Yeh, I have a thing with avoiding cloud software. Might be worth a look if nothing else out there though, too busy working atm to have fun.

I remembered after I postedactually, I was thinking of FreeCad, that has a CAM plug-in, I think it is 2D though, not tried it.
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Re: CAM software
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2017, 10:16:47 PM »
Actually, the Cloud is much more reliable than your local computer for data safety.
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Re: CAM software
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2017, 11:46:09 PM »
For sure, I love dropbox, no issues with uploading data to the cloud. Just cloud based software makes me squirm. I know we are all going to end up stuck with never owning software and paying usage fees or annual subsciptions to MS, google, steam, FB and clans.
I'm just weird like that.
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Re: CAM software
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2017, 09:50:55 AM »
I pay Adobe $50 per month to have access to all of their programs and all of the updates plus full support, etc. The annual $600 fee is not as much as renewing InDesign and Photoshop and Illustrator. Plus I get all of the video and sound editing software. It is a bargain. And I can switch it off on one of the two licensed computers and run it on another if I want. I also pay Microsoft $10 per month for Office 365.

Since I can write these costs off as business expenses, they are great. I don't have to amortize the software purchase prices over several years which is a real loser.

Cloud storage, if you get the right one, will store your data in multiple locations around the world and encrypt it from the time it leaves your computer until you call it back and it arrives.

Cloud storage is the only permanent storage available. CDs, DVDs, memory chips all have finite lives. Only M-disks are estimated to have a lifetime in the thousand year class.
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Re: CAM software
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2017, 11:38:25 AM »
I don't like annual fees either. I want to buy and own. Being retired I need to NOT be paying monthly fees out.

And I do not use these machines monthly. I paid a lot to buy my Sherline machining package. It came with EMC2. I have upgraded it to LinuxCNC. But I own it (it's free). No monthly fees. To then turn around a pay $3000 plus for something like Solid Works and $1200 in maintenance fees per year is just ridiculous, for a hobbyist. The cost of the software would very quickly equal, or exceed, the equipment cost. I do not get to write these costs off. I don't make money from the use.

I did not play World of Warcraft because I did not like their "business model". Pay for the software at each upgrade plus hand them $180 per year to play on their servers. Either software costs or game cost would have been fine, not both!
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Re: CAM software
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2017, 11:55:35 AM »
If you are a U.S. or Canadian military veteran, Solidworks is just $20. It does not include CAM though.
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