I've been using CAD for 20 years. All of the CAD programs that draw vector
graphics require a fairly steep learning curve. Which is easiest is always a
matter of previous skill or one's ability to adapt to learning new skills.
Since you're a DYI drafter I would suggest you try one of the really
inexpensive programs such as TurboCAD  as a learning tool. That way you
spend very little money on a program that can be used successfully for a
goal such as drafting pinball playfields.
No matter which program you use, you'll create one or more 'light lenses' as
needed by their different types and copy and paste everywhere they are
needed. I know TurboCAD can be used to output data used with a CNC Router.
google: turbocad cnc router
My experience is architectural though. Hopefully somebody with CNC specific
experience will show up to agree or suggest a better low cost alternative
but again, all CAD programs have a fairly steep learning curve for those not
familiar with CAD and nobody can tell you what will be easy for you to learn
which is why I suggest going to the lowest cost and working your way back up
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Deltacad would be more than adiquate for yuor needs. It is rather easy to
learn and has a price tag of about $40.00. The lowest end version of
Turbocad would be able to do all you need and is priced about the same.
Don't bother looking on thier website for this version, it is only available
Concepts 2D would have to be one of the easiest and best value around at the
moment for 2d stuff.
I use Autocad, Ashlar-Vellum and Solidworks. Autocad would be at the bottom
of my list for ease of use and function out of the box..
I don't know the cost of Ashlar's Vellum these days but it pioneered
'tracking' which is an extremely useful drafting productivity feature that I
observed Autodesk 'borrowed' and now uses in their products. I used Vellum
briefly many years ago and would also put a word in for using Vellum as well
If it were a tie between the two I would start thinking about end user and
3rd party support for scripts and drawing libraries and so on to break the
But as usual we're all talking to ourselves as it looks like the OP took the
weekend off and many times theu never return %-(
<%= Clinton Gallagher
Thanks guys for the advice, the pinball guys are saying to use any
version of cad, save drawing to parts wizard. I will look at the low
cost stuff first, most pinballs use same cutouts, light lenses, target
banks, etc. So once I save these, I hope that I can drag & place.
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