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    RoutCad de Luxe V 1.12 Full CAD-CAM Release is a Computer Aided Design software and a Computer Aided Manufacturing software all bundle in a single easy to use package. You can use it to create contours, shapes, and 3D objects. Once the object is designed, you easily define the toolpath and export to g-code.

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    Price is ok but without a trial version I would be skeptical
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    Iíve watched this software since it came out. Itís priced double the cost on eBay than website, no forum support or anyone that even talks about it though from screenshots looks alright. When you can get fusion 360 for free and many control board softwares have cam and conversational already built in itís hard to take the leap especially as you stated there is no way to trial it. Iíd be interested just to see how it compares to Mach, Linux, and centroid.

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    if you want something that has options and wont break the bank. Go and download the free version of Fusion 360 if you like it then buy it. The price point is low for what it can do as a CAD/CAM Program.

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    Bobcad used to be the poor-man's CAD-CAM...
    But they are trying to bleed me to death now.
    Oh, by dropping support on my version to make me shell out for a brand-new seat. Thousands.
    Nope.
    I am going Fusion 360

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowshooze View Post
    Bobcad used to be the poor-man's CAD-CAM...
    But they are trying to bleed me to death now.
    Oh, by dropping support on my version to make me shell out for a brand-new seat. Thousands.
    Nope.
    I am going Fusion 360
    I use V30 of Bobcad, I find it much quicker and easier than Fusion. The newer versions are better I'm sure, but V30 suits most of my needs.

    What do you mean they're trying to bleed you to death? Dropping support, have you tried asking online, how much support do you need? I've been able to find answers to most issues online.

    And, what other software will negotiate on price and has no mandatory annual maintenance?

    I've been aware of Bobcad for years, first saw it when a friend got it bundled with his first CNC. Those older versions were a joke. The new stuff is very good IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uguessedit View Post
    I’ve watched this software since it came out. It’s priced double the cost on eBay than website, no forum support or anyone that even talks about it though from screenshots looks alright. When you can get fusion 360 for free and many control board softwares have cam and conversational already built in it’s hard to take the leap especially as you stated there is no way to trial it. I’d be interested just to see how it compares to Mach, Linux, and centroid.
    I think you are talking apples and oranges. :-) Mach, Linuxcnc and Centroid are cnc software not CAD/CAM. Having said that I run Linuxcnc on a Cinci contourmaster (tracer) converted to servos and on a Mazak V5.
    I started with an illegal copy of Autosketch, bought a legal copy but really needed CAM. So I switched to Weber Systems Synergy.
    Does 2.5D, wireframe and 3D milling, lathe, wire edm. Well hidden is the facility for extrusion screws. I use the lofted surfaces quite a bit but also fall back to plain 2.5D. 30 day demo is available. I found the learning curve pretty steep but then I was starting from zero. Exports to dxf, dwg but not well, too many versions to cover. Exports to IGES. Runs on Windows and Linux. I have heard tell of guys that were fully up to speed in 30 days but then they had previous CAD/CAM experience.
    I've heard great things about Fusion 360 but I worry about getting left high and dry when they change the pricing structure.
    YMMV

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    Your right. I was thinking it was more so like a conversational software where it was macro based. Centroids is pretty decent and we have that here on almost all of our machines excelt one is Linux and one is Fanuc controlled. Centroid Conversational is nice to use. Itís very difficult to tell what routcad actually is and going back to the website while trying to understand the Essential differences between the packages is somewhat frustrating. He has listed a 2.5d lathe package for $129.99, then deluxe for $299.99, and then deluxe with translation for $499.99, then 1yr deluxe for $89.99, and 6 months for $69.99 or something along those lines and understanding clear differences are vague at best. If the 1 yr for $89.99 is the same as the lifetime for $499.99 I would pay that to trial it. When I asked I could tell he is foreign and was very vague in answering questions and basically told me if I want to do the cad cam and gcode to our machine we had to buy the $499.99 package. It would seem one may as well purchase that full package so no regrets later but then there is the question whether itís value is there without a given trial version or at least a lower one year purchase option to see if buying lifetime is worth it. I think if he wanted to really sell it he would go and clean up the descriptions explaining them better and give a 30 day trial to see how the deluxe works. We use Gibbs, Inventor, and Fusion, as well occasionally we are resorting to inkscape and makercam but mostly those last two for engraving purposes. We wanted a package that was lathe orientated where itís smooth to jump on and run; kind of how Gibbs is with 3 axis vertical milling. Yes autodesk works but some things you just donít want to spend the time modeling and as far as their lathe tool paths we have a 2 axis gang with a live option and it doesnít integrate well with our machine. Iíve seen where others are having some similar issues with gang lathes in autodesk but for milling itís pretty straight forward to use with less cam options than Gibbs. If our lathe had centeoid we would probably never need cad/cam for the parts we make. I would consider the option to trial routcad and if I like it I think we would probably buy it then they could get someone who knows about it enough who shares with others what itís functions, capabilities, and whether there is value in processing, along with cycle times, and any other potential beneficial features it may have; for example where Gibbs has volumill. Many of us have basic lathe needs and donít need an extensive package. Now shelling out $3,000 for Gibbs 2 axis lathe plus maintenance isnít worth it to us for a machine that essentially makes simple add on parts we could probably have made in China for cheap but want in house for convenience. Without considering our recent gear hobbing machine we will soon start cutting gear blanks so itís giving us a reason to look for alternatives right now and something like routcad could be it. The reality is where the software cost increases it would probably be worthy considering installing Centroid lathe and just using conversational while calling it a day.
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