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    Kristin Allison

    There are several software/program options for CAD/CAM design.  We offer Vectric &  EstlCAM software through our online store. 

    Vectric's V-Carve Desktop and V-Carve Pro are a great choice for designing and creating your g-code for your projects.  Please see www.vectric.com for additional information as well as free, downloadable versions.  Please note, the free version will let you learn and create projects, but will not let you create the g-code. 

     For Estlcam, please visit their website for a free trial: https://www.estlcam.de/.

    Another good choice is NC Viewer which allows you to create, edit, and graphically view the g-code.   We have many customers that use the open sourced software,  F-Engrave as well. 

    Other CAM software to check out:  Autodesk Fusion 360,  MakerCAM, or ArtCAM 2D.

    Remember to give yourself time to learn CAD/CAM software, there is a learning curve.  

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    Gordon Althauser

    Has anyone used Autodesk Inventor with your E3 machine?

    Thanks.

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    Bob Wood

    Quite a few use Fusion360 is is an Autodesk product.  Does inventor create gcode or is it just CAD?

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    Gordon Althauser

    Yeah, I think so.  It has a CAM utility built in, but I can't remember what file extension it creates.  I've used Inventor to make gcode for a CNC plasma cutter once and it worked fine.  As you can tell, I'm not very knowledgeable yet.

     

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    Bob Wood

    I think it would be worth a try. Sounds like it should work fine.

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    alan speakman

    Hi,

    Here are some of the design apps I use...

    ~ Basic design: OpenOffice Draw (handles SVG) and LibreOffice Draw (LibreOffice is replacing OpenOffice)
    ~ Color sampling: Windows Accessories ---> Paint
    ~ Free SVG files and SVG editor: https://publicdomainvectors.org/
    ~ Converting color to black and white, TV effects, Andy Warhol effects, etc.: https://convertimage.net/index.asp
    ~ General photo editing: FastStone
    ~ Embellishments and vector graphics: https://www.vecteezy.com/free-vector/embellishments

    These are all free... Obviously, download from only known-safe sites!

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