My day job is being part of an executive team for a mid size aerospace manufacturing facility so I've been in the CNC business for a long time now. In the last few years a machine shop owner named Titan Gilroy has developed a free academy full of tutorials and classes based around manufacturing, specifically CNC. The reason I mention this is their are tutorials and opportunities to acquire and learn Solidworks, Fusion 360, and I believe Mastercam but don't quote me on that.
I use Vcarve Pro for design and programming for 95 + percent of the things I make on my Axiom but there are some things that a modeling software like Fusion 360 or Solidworks can do that are not possible in Vcarve or Aspire. One of my favorite things about modeling software is the ability to build components and working assemblies. This is great when designing jigs, fixtures, and custom work holding.
Any how, if you google titans of cnc academy it will get you there and happy learning if you should decide to check it out.
I saw this post while watching one of their videos. I have learned a ton from Titans of CNC on youtube.
I use Fusion 360 exclusively and I will warn those who want to go down that route: the post processor for these axiom machines is just a generic RichAuto post processor. It is running a bit better now but last year was full of headaches. Anyway thanks for sharing! I want to start their academy but I was afraid I would actually need a mill to learn.
Sorry for maybe a dumb question but...are both Fusion360 and Solidworks tools to create 3D models? I think I am pretty good at 2D with Vcarve but would love to get into 3D (so far downloaded and run them, but never designed one....)
The answer is yes. Have you tried making 3D models with Aspire (also Vectric)? Depending on what you are trying to do, Aspire can make all kinds of 3D models. It seems it would be easier to do this in Aspire since it's the same GUI. Fusion360 is really powerful, but very expensive. It also doesn't interface as easily to Axiom as the Vectric Products do (the post processor, at least).
Last Edit: Jun 10, 2023 18:35:47 GMT -5 by grossmsj