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3D CNC Machining

Robert Member


Hello Woodweb,
I am looking for any and all information from users of 3D software to create programs to run on our Busellato Jet machine. looking to see what others use to produce 3D sign work, door panels etc.
thanks to all in advance RP

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routalot Member

Its a big subject,far more complex than simple panel processing.I have used Mastercam and Rhinocam and they are both excellent.I have no knowledge of a Busellato controller,but G-code is G-code regardless of machine type.You need a good 3D model in a file format that your CAM system can open and most software will cope.You may find the cutting parameters in different locations and maybe given different names.For ultra low cost-read free-software,you might try Pycam.It only seems to work with .stl models and takes a long time to generate toolpaths,but it might be illuminating to experiment with.

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Andrew J. Coholic  Member


I do some signage, some carved 3D work incorporated into my furniture and cabinetry, and mainly shaped furniture parts (like legs, pedastals, newel posts, chair seats and other parts, etc).

I have been using Vectric's Aspire - the latest release supports your machine (two post processors for that machine).

You can download a copy for trial, from the Vectric's site.

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james mcgrew Member

Aspire will be the best learning curve with excellent results. I use it daily for everything from radius reception desk to hdu signage.

Key is try it before you buy it,, you will get help on their forum

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Just slightly veering off the main question, but I am very experienced in AutoCAD, cabinet design packages and multiple CAD/CAM systems. The art stuff is not real intuitive to me. Is there a specific Aspire class that can be taken live, or online to get me going from scratch to producing in a short amount of time? I just need drawing techniques and fundmentals of 3d creation within Aspire. I make solids all day long in AutoCAD, but drawing methods are very different in Aspire from what I can tell so far. I can handle the tool paths and all that on my own. Thanks for the input.

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james mcgrew Member

There is a 3day Aspire camp held here in my shop annually, this year it is may 19-21. Mike Mezalik holds classes as well.

being proficient in ACAD I would down load the software (Aspire) from the website, it is a full working demo that has some files so a person can learn run and trust the software before they buy it (How rare is that !)

I would go to the training videos with the soft ware loaded and start at the Vcarvepro vids with the bulls head sign and proceed in order form there. this will teach the operation of the software, then move to 3d in the Aspire section.

A camp is a large gathering where the Vectric guys come and teach the features. our repeat attendees is over 60+ % so there are some really knowledgable guys here for this and this is our 8th camp

Go to downloads for the software, then support >training I have attached the Website

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jerry Member

Download the trial version and watch and work along with the tutorial videos.

1/17/16       #8: 3D CNC Machining ...
Jason Scott

I am running enroute 5 pro.
Very powerful program. I have made everything from guitar parts to signs.

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