what cad progam works best

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what cad progam works best

Postby MaxRichards » Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:32 am


What cad software works best with vcarve 3.1.
I have Bobcad-cam but it does not work like I think it should.

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Postby Paco » Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:44 am

I'd say Inkscape and COREL draw are the best bang for the bucks (mostly Inkscape since it's "free" [Open source]). COREL package has more features but the learning curve is steeper...
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Postby RichardF » Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:22 am

Here is another one :


The smaller one is free like Inkscape and you might give it a chance.

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Postby Peter Stenabaugh » Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:12 am

I picked up a full copy of Corel X3 off the internet for $169US. It is actually a student version, but you get all the licence and autorization codes for it. The regular retail is $399 US off the net, so I got a good deal. For what I do, fooling around and stuff it is plenty good enough, even if it is sort of black market software. I pretty much use it only for converting bitmaps to vector format and it does a good job.

I have also tried out Inkscape, but most of the time, I have found Corel does a nicer job on scanned images in TIF format. I use Corel to trace the bitmap, then export the Corel image as .eps and bring it into Vcarve. The only problem in doing this is that Corel will make you a double set of vectors (dont know why), so you need to use the "select duplicate vectors" command in Vcarve and delete the double set, and you are good to go.

For actual CAD packages, you only need something to draw a 2D image, and be able to save it off as dxf, or eps. Both of these functions can be done with Autocad, but for the occasional user it is far too expensive. Autodesk also makes a cad program call Autosketch, which sells for about $170 or less on the internet. It is only a 2D program though, and I dont know if it will export .eps, although it will export .dxf files.

Apart from that, there are several 2D cad programs on the market that are cheap, or free, it all depends on your needs.

Turbocad is also a good program, selling for about $149 or less, off the net as well. Turbocad will read and write .dxf files for you.

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Postby Jonmilligan » Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:21 am

:wink: Hi, I use Xara Extreme. Its a good program for $79.00. Exportfrom Xara as an *.ai or *. eps seems to wok fine with Vcarve
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Postby beacon14 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:57 am

I use DesignCad and have no problems exporting as a .dxf (version 14) and importing into Vcarve Pro. You can get the 2D version of DesignCad for around $50, sometimes less.
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Postby MaxRichards » Fri Oct 27, 2006 3:57 am

Thanks guys I will look into these progams as soon as my router gets here.
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Postby jemmyell » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:55 am


You can get CorelDraw X3 and an introductory class for $140. LVS online offers the class for $25 and they are a Corel education partner. I bought my Academic Version direct from Corel for $115 after signing up for the intro to X3 from LVS.

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