Now that I have sold my Axiom Pro 2 X 3 I am thinking it is time to jump to the Elite 8. I have read about the improvements and servos, seems logical to make the jump.
I think I am going all in with Aspire and Elite. This should do it for me. I am struggling with the cost justification for Aspire but, it appears I can do a lot of 3D with it. I really want to get good at CNC carving and be capable of doing it all!
I guess it is time to make a visit to Axiom again.
Just so you know, you can cut anything with Vcarve pro just like Aspire. The big difference is you can't create 3D without Aspire. The machine really doesn't know the difference. Aspire is really nice, but for what I do, I don't think I would ever be able to justify the extra cost for the program.
The Elite really looks like a great machine! Good luck!!
You can use Fusion 360 (free) which is a 3D solid modeler and thus far more powerful than Aspire but more difficult to use, and then output 3D models as STL to be imported into Desktop or Pro. However, if you stay in Fusion to do the CAM it has significantly better CAM that actually works, unlike all Vectric software, at generating Climb vs Convention tool paths as well as constant chip load tool paths, trochoidal and other modern efficient tool paths.
So how do I generate tool paths in Fusion 360 and is there a post for Axiom, specifically the Elite in Fusion?
You go to "CAM" in Fusion 360 (top left drop-down box where it defaults to "Model") to start generating toolpaths...but buckle up and set aside some learning time through their tutorials. It's complex. Your elite machine has a different controller than the Rich Auto controller in the PRO unit that I'm familiar with. I don't know where to find a post for that controller for the Elite - but try searching for the controller type on the Fusion 360 available posts (there's a link in the post processing dialog box in Fusion) might provide something...maybe.