Gene Rhodes wrote:What are the pro`s and con`s of rhino software? is there an extensive learning curve ? and what is the cost ?
I`m not sure of what software i need . i like the cut 3d and would love to do stuff like this on my bot. is there other software i could use for this that is more reasonable than rhino since i dont intend to build a precision spaceship or neuclear power device , i just want to carve 3D in wood..
Bowman wrote:I have played with Rhino and I think it is a great 3D app with lots of nice features. The learning curve is easier than AutoCAD and I like the way it can work with a lot of file formats. I want to say retail for just Rhino is around 8 bills but you might find it cheaper on sale at sometime. If your a student or know a student I think you can get it for 3 bills or so, definetely worth the money. I heard the RhinoCAM is nice as well but I saw somewhere it was costing more than Rhino itself.
There is also a free version of 3D Studio Max now called GMAX and someone has even written a code generator plugin for it. Just briefly checked it out but seemed cool, fairly steep learning curve I believe though. But the price is right! They even had some tutorials for using it when I downloaded it that may help.
This site has the download for GMAX scroll down and on the left side you will see the app and a list of all the different files they offer to go along with it.
I got the CNC plugin for GMAX from a yahoo group I belong to called CNC_Toolkit it was made by Rainnea the groups owner. He was giving it away free a while back but I guess he has proved it more now as I see now he charges $99 for it, it works with GMAX, 3DSM and Autodesk Viz and does 5-Axis. His site is located at..
But if you just wanted to do the 3D modeling in GMAX and import it to another CAM app for generating toolpaths and code this should work. Give it a try.
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