Software Resources CAD/CAM

Our current software tool belt consists of our favourite 3D modelling programs as well as our most often used CAM programs. We hope to soon have a comprehensive list of resources for any first-timers who may be trying out any of the software associated with our machine for the first time, but for now here’s a short description of each program and some useful links.

Inkscape:

A great free tool that you can use to either turn existing pixel images into vector images or create your own vector drawings. Also great for importing Solidworks DXFs and turning them into vector images. Here’s a great video guide for converting pixel images into vector images (courtesy of Glenn Langton):

MakerCAM:

This program is designed for 2D cutting and etching. It’s very simple and also browser-based. The makers of MakerCAM put together their own instruction set that you can follow if you’d like to become more familiar with the program:

http://www.makercam.com/tutorial.html

You could also check out Caleb Peters’ three part tutorial outlining a gear coaster build he did on his Shapeoko 2, where in the first two videos he goes through making a model in Inkscape then importing the SVG into MakerCAM and generating the G-code for it.

Kiri:Moto:

Very similar to MakerCAM, but much much more diverse, Kiri:Moto was made by Grid:Space to be the ultimate, browser-based 3D printer/ laser cutter/ CNC machine slicing software. Kiri:Moto thrives more when carving out 3D objects on the CNC machine because it has the ability to create more advanced roughing and finishing profiles, while also taking tool geometry into account.

Grid:Space was also nice enough to compile a comprehensive playlist of YouTube tutorials so that you can easily learn you way around their software

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRoVgyRoWZp…

Here are two videos from the playlist which cover most of the CAM features that the software has:

You can also reference their GitHub page for any further help or inquiry
https://github.com/GridSpace/gridspace.github.io/w…

OnShape:

This is a great cloud-based 3D modelling software recommended for both beginners and experienced modelers since it’s quite powerful but also free. It’s very similar in feel to Solidworks, and since it’s cloud-based your computer doesn’t require a gross amount of processing power to handle larger models. In addition, OnShape already offers a very comprehensive list of CAD tutorials which will easily carry you along in getting to know their software

https://www.onshape.com/learn/cad-tutorials#top

You can also go straight to their main page if you’re interested in making an account with them

https://www.onshape.com/