I read a recent article about cad design and followed it through to
a software manufacturer. I've been needing this software as health
concerns limits my fabrication process. The price for DelCam was
quite a shock! Anyone know a reliable and user friendly software
program that won't make me sell my first born child to buy it?
Why ArtCam? Is there some particular reason or special feature
within the software that you need or are interested in? In general,
what do you want/expect to do with this software?
What particular applications do you want it to perform? What do you
expect to be making with it?
Are you prepared to take the next step and do milling too? There is
a reason for asking this question too. Matrix/Rhino 3dm files are
easily milled or grown, Stl files generated in ArtCam are sometimes
a problem for growing machines (especially Solidscape machines) They
just do not grow well on some RP machines.
IF...what you want to do in CAD/CAM is make general type jewelry,
IE. rings, pendants, charms, etc, and money (entry fee into the game)
is your primary concern why don't you take a look at Rhino and Tech
A student copy of Rhino is only $295.00, a retail copy is under
$1000.00. Tech gems is around $5-600 ????
These two softwares are extremely powerful and will do most jewelry
applications. Once you master these, Matrix by Gemvision would be a
natural progression. It isn't cheap either ($6500) but it is a rhino
based plugin and the money you spent on Rhino would not be wasted.
Sorry, but "user friendly" and CAD software are almost never found
within the same sentence. I do not care what cad software that you
purchase there is a steep learning curve involved within it. It
takes a while to become proficient at it.
One of the primary reasons that I suggest Rhino is the ease of
finding someone else who is using or understands it so that you can
get help or discuss it with. It is VERY VERY important to find a
support group to help you when you have a problem. There are
thousands and thousands of Rhino users. I have numerous Rhino and
Matrix users in my area and only one other ArtCAm user. Think of CAD
software in terms of a Mac computer and a Windows based computer.
You can get into lots of arguements as to which system is better,
but if you need help or want to mooch software you have a MUCH
better chance (and odds) getting help and finding another Windows
user than a Mac user.
Primarily I use Matrix and Rhino 4.
I can answer questions and concerns you may have, but would be
better able to answer them if I know what you want it to do and what
you want to make with the softwares.