My current “flow” of work is as follows
Draw in Mastercam demo for brackets / Download a .dxf for artwork
Export from mastercam as an STL
Open STL in Fusion, convert mesh to Brep
Project Brep into curves, copy and paste into a cut file
Lay out parts
Toolpath (still within fusion)
Ideally work gets off their wallet and I can use the the full version of mastercam for everything but I dont see it happening.
What takes the absolute longest is moving sketches in fusion, in the process of changing the solid to sketch lines it turns and curves or arcs into small line segments which once there is 40 or so points or more will slow fusion to the point of being unusable. As in go to move a part 2 inches and it freezes for 15 minutes
How is the software able to do generative design and FEA but not move some simple lines?
I will say I like their toolpathing with the exception of no overlap between lead in and out
Willing to pay for something but I need recommendations
I used eMachine shop in the past for my 3D printer before you had to pay to export everything, and liked it
Start to finish, something I can save individual components seperately then import them into a work space like I can with fusion
Would prefer nesting
Something I can import multiple DXFs into one work space, with nesting preferably
I will still have to draw in MasterCam (which I dont mind) and do the long process of converting to a DXF through fusion, which isnt a deal breaker either
Looks like SheetCam is the front runner for something like that.
Also is there a term other than “nesting” for cramming small parts into all the negative space?
How about something that turns oddly shaped parts into all orientations to maximize the number of parts and minimize waste? Ive seen mynesting, optinest, fastnest, are there any CAM programs that include that?
Feel free to chime in with your “workflow” and the various pros and cons of it.