Good luck with getting any real meaningful specifics on that. Your
asking this of someone who offers to provide a surface grinder
rebuilder in the Illinois area because he knows several and than when
asked for specifics he can't produce jack "s". He's the same idiot who
doesn't have any clues on just how good a Mitsui surface grinder is or
on how the Z axis operates on most Mitsui’s.
I ignore everything he posts at this point.
San Diego, CA
Best advice from me would come at 2 levels, less expensive would be
Visualmill, Under 4k you can get software that does anything 3 axis
without a major investment. Visualmill would probably include a seat of
Rhino, actually the best and least expensive 3D Modeler available. You
will need a modeling software if you are making molds and encountering
deviations on the fly. Contact Joe Anand at Visualmill's Mecsoft.com
If you invest just a bit more, Smartcam will better suit you for the
long haul and still remain probably under a Mastercam cost. You can call
SmartcamCNC's support number to get a current price on several levels of
3 axis capable software that would all serve you well.. fwiw, you are
not going to find fixed prices on any cam software these days, give them
a call and they will discuss and narrow the field as well as give you
some actual numbers to figure from. A huge thing to keep in mind is that
with Smartcam you never buy post processors, they support you, have a
terrific web support group as well as having a huge library of posts
available for download. The support guys at Smartcam will custom build a
post if needed. Smartcam also has a macro language that is included in
all of their software at no additional cost. The post processors for
Smartcam can easily be edited or changed to suit any user needs, nobody
else gives you all that in one package. Smartcam doesn't load you down
with add ons, it is all in t he one package.
Smartcam offers Advanced Milling, Production Milling, Free Form
Machining as well as several Lathe and Wire Software packages.
If you call ask for Brad Hoitt or Paul Kavanaugh 1-541-344-4563.
If you look at my website everything on the website was made using
Smartcam Freeform. I am about to receive a new Haas 4 axis Mold mill and
it too will be programmed with Smartcam Freeform Machining.
I also use VX End to End, a full suite but the cost and learning curve
may not fit your entry range.
If there is anything I can help you with my email address is real, or
you can follow the links on my website to contact me.
3D Laser Scanning, Digital Object Reproduction
Quickest to learn surfcam. Most popular mastercam.
I'd pick between those 2.
Both are desperate to sell new seats, make em an offer. Trust me they will
take the offer.
Or hit ebay for a used version of the 2 a few versions behind. Iv'e seen
mastercam 9.1 for 300$. That crap can do anything. in fact I swear it's as
good as the new stuff.
The cam market is on the edge, and its the cost of a cdrom to make another
copy. Lots of barganing power there.
Email mastercam, offer 1500 for a full blown 3d seat, I'd bet a 5 pack they
take it. (5 pack because I will prolly drink one)
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