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    Default Software for Brown & Sharpe Gage 2000 CMM

    My brother and I run a small shop, and we have gotten a 10 year old Brown & Sharpe Gage 2000 CMM. We've started using it standalone for measurements, and writing down the calculations into our quality layouts forms by hand

    It has a couple 3-1/2" diskettes for a Reflex v1.5 program which appears to provide an interface into a CAD program.

    But I was wondering if there is something, anything, that would be an improvement from this situation to provide more computer based quality planning/recording on a very, very lean budget. Free would be very good!

    Suggestions? Thanks!

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    Just following up... since the model is 10 years old, I suspect there's software out there that's obsolete to some people but would be a big upgrade in gathering our quality data. We have some budget for this, but not much. Your thoughts or suggestions?

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    You might have some luck posting in the buying/selling area on this site. Maybe some packrat somewhere is holding onto just what you need...

    Or, if anyone has any ideas for you, I can look around and see what the packrat owner here has lying around.

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    That sounds like a start. I'll give that a try. Thanks!

    Jim

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    If it does Reflex it will probably do PC-DMIS, which I don't really like (and it's spendy) but it will do lots of cool stuff.

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    My B&S 343 can run both if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH View Post
    If it does Reflex it will probably do PC-DMIS, which I don't really like (and it's spendy) but it will do lots of cool stuff.
    We're due for a calibration soon, and I was going to ask our dealer what PC-DMIS costs. My software buying experience is that, if I have to ask then I probably can't afford it. But here goes anyway... what is spendy? And what better alternative do you suggest?

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    I don't know for sure but I remember the owner crying about what it cost to upgrade our software. Get a quote. It can't hurt. People seem to like the reflex better for doing hole locations and stuff but I was doing 3d contours on mold electrodes so PC-DMIS was necessary.

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    I've heard that it's somewhere in the $20,000 range. CMM Manager is a good program that we use on a 15-year old Giddings-Lewis CMM. I'm pretty sure it's less than PC-DMIS but I'm not sure how much.

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    Reflex actually isn't that bad. You just have to get used to the way it wants you to think (in 2D terms, the way PC-DMIS used to be a long time ago).


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