@stutaylo, from what a noob like me can tell, HSMXpress is more than sufficient for my needs.
I do have SW CAM and I’ll be playing with it AFTER I get comfortable with MeshCAM. SW CAM actually looks pretty serious, especially in SW 2021.
Look, I talk the talk… but I don’t even have a CNC… my Nomad is still on backorder. This conversation has both opened my eyes AND had given me many options for the future to come.
What’s funny is that in the last 2 weeks—since I’ve ordered the Nomad—all my SW designs seemed to have magically shifted from being easy to manually machine to requiring a CNC for precise control. I am so freaking excited to have one for myself!!
Yeah, it’s amazing to me the way that 3D modeling has become so easily accessible on such affordable equipment — I can remember reading about the specialized computers which were once required for 3D visualization and the incredible expense of them.
Still waiting to see what opensource program will next be as successful as Blender has been in becoming commercially acceptable to use.
There were some very promising statements made about FreeCAD recently, so will have to try it once again once I finish my current slate of projects.