I’m just starting to tinker with my SO3 XXL, and have read any number of good posts here which look at the best 3D modeling packages to upgrade to from CC and CM.
I haven’t dug too far into them, and want to avoid having to learn multiple packages. I would very much like to hear from anyone who does both CnC on the SO3 as well as 3D printing and whether there is a decent modeling front end for both - I’m happy to learn a slicer program too, and could probably deal with another piece of software to drive the CnC, but after 25 years in the tech industry and learning more software packages and languages than anyone should have to, I really want to give my brain an easier time with this particular learning curve.
Ohhh, and I also have a JTech laser too, which I want to use for cutting inlays more than I expect to use it for lithography or engraving… although if anyone can comment on that part too, I’d be stoked!
I’m loving my SO3 experience so far, and just want to get on and put it to use! Thanks in advance for any info
- I run Windows 10
- I have a shapeoko 3 XXL
- JTech 4.2MW
- no 3D printer currently, but considering Ender 3 Pro / Ender 5, or Prusa, Teva, or similar
- working offline a plus as my next workspace may not have internet
- I’m guessing a more engineering-oriented solution is going to be more useful to me as I’m more likely to be making parts and components than free sculpting the next modern art marvel
- I’m less keen to get started with a free trial as my free time to play with this is sporadic and I could easily slip outside the
- I’d like to go with one of the more common options for the likely high-availability of free training videos and tutorials
Candidates so far:
Vcarve family +Penalty free upgrade path +works offline
Fusion 360 ++suitable for both CnC and printing -cloudbased
OnShape: ++Free to hobbyists -cloud based
Any others people think are as well suited to both 3DP and CnC? Thx!