CAD Program - From Fusion 360 to VCarve

CAD CAM Software - Quick Overview

With a CAD software you can create models or 3D designs quickly and easily on you computer. From Autodesk Fusion 360 to Solidworks to Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD a wide variety of CAD software is available. Some of them even as CAD software free or free trial. A lot of CAD programs already feature an integrated CAM module, but sometimes separate CAM software is required. However, there are also CAM programs auch as Cut2D or VCarve that have an integrated CAD function. The CAM software serves to prepare the CAD model for production and outputs the G code. The CNC software can process the G code and forwards the corresponding commands to the CNC machine. For a better overview, we compiled a selection of CAD CAM software for you. Please see "What is CNC?" and "Control Software" to learn more about CNC technology and the CNC softwares WinPC-NC and UCCNC.


VCarve – The intuitive drawing software

The powerful CAM program VCarve can be operated intuitively and has an integrated CAD software. Together wih layout tools, V-Carving or pocket milling, Vectric's CAD CAM software features lots of useful drawing and editing tools. As a CAM program, VCarve covers all typical 2D milling functions such as profiling, pocket milling, auto inlays and drilling as well as 2.5D strategies such as V-carving, prism carving and fluting. Additionally, the CAD software with CAM function features a decorative texturing strategy and is suitable for 3D roughing and finishing. VCarve is designed very clearly and is easy to operate. The CAD CAM program is available as VCarve Desktop and VCarve Pro. VCarve Pro is required with workpieces larger than 600 x 600 mm (24'' x 24'').

Features:

  • 2D design and layout tools
  • Text editing and single line engraving fonts
  • V-Carving
  • Pocket milling
  • Auto-Inlays with multiple options
  • Multicolor toolpath previews
  • 3D functions
  • Additional functions with Vectric VCarve Pro

Cut 2D - The CAD CAM Software

Cut2D is a CAM Software with an integrated CAD program. The intuitive CAD software features functions for 2D design as well as an efficient 2D tool path calculator. Cut2D offers numerous drawing and editing tools. Thanks to the tool path options, the CAD CAM software covers all common 2D milling funtions, such as profiling, pocket milling, Auto-Inlays and drilling. All tool paths can be viewed beforehand. Thus, you can optimize your tool paths and get an idea of the later part. Cut2D is available as Cut2D Desktop and Cut2D Pro. Cut2D Pro offers more functionalities than Cut2D Desktop and is suited to process workpieces larger than 600 x 600 mm (24'' x 24'').

Features:

  • 2D design and layout tools
  • Text editing and single line engraving fonts
  • Vectorizes images to create vectors for editing
  • Auto-Inlays with multiple options
  • 2D profiling with interactive tabs, lead and ramp options
  • Pocketing with optimization for two cutters
  • Drilling with option for peck drilling
  • Multicolor toolpath preview

Fusion 360 – The integrated CAD CAM Software

The fully integrated Autodesk CAD CAM program is a powerful CAD software that conquered the market in the last couple of years. From flexible 3D modeling to unified electronics and PCB design to photo-realistic rendering, Autodesk Fusion 360 leaves nothing to be desired. While AutoCAD is especially used for the creation of 2D and 3D designs, Fusion 360 unites the entire product development process. This is why the CAD software is perfectly suited for Rapid Prototyping. The photo-realistic rendering makes it possible to get a realistic preview of the 3D model. Thanks to the cloud-based CAD software you can access your CAD files from anywhere.

Features:

  • 3D modeling
  • Unified electronics and PCB design
  • Photo-realistic rendering
  • Documentation and dimensioning
  • 3D simulation of tool paths
  • Cloud-based
  • Force effect simulation

DeskProto – The easy to use CAM Program for CNC Beginners

The 3D CAM software DeskProto generates a G Code from your CAD data in a quick and easy way. The CAM program is easy to use and, thus, perfectly suited for CNC beginners or hobbyists. You can process 2D outlines, create 3D models or combine milling models out of 3D models, 2D contours and Bitmap files. DeskProto is available in our shop as DeskProto Multi Axis Hobby and as DeskProto Multi Axis. DeskProto Multi Axis Hobby is allowed for private use and schools only.

Features:

  • Milling strategies with many possible settings for additional details
  • Quick creation of 3D parts
  • Many assistants, e. g. for processing on both sides
  • Easy processing of 2D outlines
  • Projection of 2D geometries onto 3D model surfaces
  • Combination of milling models out of 3D models, 2D outlines and bitmap files
  • 4-axis machining

Estlcam – The CAM Software for Hobbyists

Estlcam is CAM software for CNC routers up to three axes. It is easy and intuitive to use. This is why Estlcam is perfect for CNC beginners and hobbyists. The CAM program converts your 2D or 3D drawing files into G Code which can be processed by the CNC software. The tool database can individually extended with your own milling tools. Thanks to the preview function, travel paths, milling processes and the milling time can be calculated and checked beforehand.

Features:

  • 2D design and layout tools
  • Text editor with all fonts installed in Windows
  • Vectorizes images to create vectors for editing
  • Auto-Inlays with multiple options
  • 2D profiling with interactive tabs, lead and ramp options
  • Pocketing with optimization for two cutters
  • Drilling with option for peck drilling
  • Multicolor toolpath preview

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