I am currently the sole 2D/3D designer at a wood & glass fabrication facility, where I draw our shop drawings and also run our CNC mill.
For most of the simple work, like sign making and mouldings and such, Vectric’s V-Carve Pro is what I use to create the toolpaths for our ShopBot PRS Alpha. But as of late, we are getting into more complex 3D designs that are beyond the capabilities that V-Carve Pro can produce. I have played with Aspire for some of the 3D stuff, but it still seems lacking, and I can’t/don’t want to justify the added cost of some software that won’t really speed up productivity all that much.
I have recently been looking into RhinoCAM and madCAM, and if I can work solely in Rhino to create the designs and toolpaths, I think this might be a justifiable solution, and don’t mind spending the money on software IF it works, and makes for a more efficient workflow.
I haven’t found any CURRENT threads/posts/articles/etc comparing the two, so I figured I’d ask here. Is there another plug-in/application that is new/better? I’m just curious as to what other people are using, and pros and cons to each.
Thanks in advance!