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New CAM Software on the TurboCAD Addons page
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August 11, 2010, 11:45:12 AM

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* August 11, 2010, 02:39:08 PM
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The Pro version is up there to.Seems lathe features is separate application.be good thing if read tcw.files


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August 13, 2010, 07:53:53 AM
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Rip informed me that this is just a partnership with MechSoft an that one would have to convert to DXF & input into VisualMill. With that said, he also assured me that there will be an update to the CAM plug-in coming soon.

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* August 13, 2010, 11:44:04 AM
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If you look at the comparison chart it shows that the plug-in doesn't do very much. Much less than the current plug-in does.

VisualMill is a good product. I use a version of it called AlibreCAM which is a plug-in for Alibre Modeler. I have found a few bugs but it works much better than the current TurboCAD CAM plug-in (cost a bunch more too).

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August 13, 2010, 12:21:50 PM
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Well for the parts I have to make the TurboCAD CAM plug-in is just fine. I would like to see a few new features, but for the money, it does just great. So for now I will stick with it. I may test drive the Alibre products soon though.

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August 15, 2010, 06:48:07 AM
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I use NC Hops for managing our CNC machines.  We have two dongles/ seats  that cost about 10,000 dollars for both. Visual mill probably does the same job but that is not what I am looking for.
Here is what will go a long way.
1.   I draw the cabinet in model space.
2.   Use the “doweling”  tool to click on the side of the cabinet and then click on the shelf adjacent and Turbocad positions & bores the holes for doweling ( usually 8 mm holes )
3.   The same for doors. click on the door and click on the cabinet side and TC creates holes in the correct positions.
4.    The properties.  I will have set up before and I will choose the hole size , the depth of the hole , length of the dowel , spaced apart , the position from the side and the front of.
5.   OK , now we have all the holes in the right places and then select the whole cabinet and hit the flatten button.
6.   All the parts are layed out flat – you know , just like in TC V17.1  woodworking tool.
7.   I then save as a DXF file.
8.   Now I use the new TurboCad CAM software to import that DXF file ,  convert it to G Code and send it to the milling machine.
9.    That will save me many hours of work.

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August 15, 2010, 08:58:02 AM
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I use NC Hops for managing our CNC machines.  We have two dongles/ seats  that cost about 10,000 dollars for both. Visual mill probably does the same job but that is not what I am looking for.
Here is what will go a long way.
1.   I draw the cabinet in model space.
2.   Use the “doweling”  tool to click on the side of the cabinet and then click on the shelf adjacent and Turbocad positions & bores the holes for doweling ( usually 8 mm holes )
3.   The same for doors. click on the door and click on the cabinet side and TC creates holes in the correct positions.
4.    The properties.  I will have set up before and I will choose the hole size , the depth of the hole , length of the dowel , spaced apart , the position from the side and the front of.
5.   OK , now we have all the holes in the right places and then select the whole cabinet and hit the flatten button.
6.   All the parts are layed out flat – you know , just like in TC V17.1  woodworking tool.
7.   I then save as a DXF file.
8.   Now I use the new TurboCad CAM software to import that DXF file ,  convert it to G Code and send it to the milling machine.
9.    That will save me many hours of work.

Why do you convert to DXF if you create the model in TC. The TC CAM plugin reads the native  TC drawing.
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