We own Both the Artcam and the Matrix programs. We run a modelmaster
mill and an Invision HR 3d printer.
I have had training from both companies, and while different, I
could not say that one was superior over the other.
I think that the gemvision training was a bit too slow for us and
that the Artcam training may have been a bit too fast, if I may be
allowed to simplify the whole thing.
I would have to say that my experience was vastly different from
yours. I received personal in house training, and was making models
on the modelmaster very quickly. I think that there is a steep
learning curve to be sure, but once over the hump, we have been very
productive with both programs.
People approach the cad cam area with great expectations and think
that they will be making any design they want right away. I like to
compare it to learning to make jewelry. You didn't learn to make
jewelry overnight, think back to when you set your first stone, it
was probably very difficult. But you persevered and now sizings,
stone settings and the like are pretty easy. Its the same with cad
cam. You can only absorb so much at a time and then you must repeat
and repeat things till you get then right.
I did have a few initial problems with software, actually codes for
milling (I had the wrong ones) but it was rectified quickly.
In general it is probably quicker to get a response from Gemvision
to your questions, but mine have always been rectified with
Artcam/Modelmaster as well. Also the Artcam user group is very good
at helping you solve difficulties.
I know that there is new documentation being written for
Modelmaster, not much comfort to those who have the machines now
perhaps, but it should be excellent when its done.
Time and again a project has been completed or time has been saved
by using one program over the other. I think that it comes down to
how you design now, what type of work that you do and the overall
needs of your shop. With this criteria some would be bettor off with
Artcam, others would be better off with Matrix.
As a service bureau we need to be able to do many different kinds of
designs in as short a time as possible, and we find both programs
contact us with further questions
Thomas Cavagnaro, GG
Cadsmithing, LLC A Service Bureau
480 688 4136