Monday, November 28, 2016

Switching to Vectric Aspire

Ever since I built this machine (Momus X2S) I've been looking for a commercial CAD/CAM software that is in my reach of investment. I've had my eyes on many different products, including HSM, Alpha, Autodesk, etc., but the focus was always on the 4th axis without blowing the budget.
Once you get into that 4th axis world, things tend to get really expensive, really quick.

I've helped myself around that with coding my own tools, mainly by parsing G-code and transposing one axis to another, which isn't that difficult to do once you get it. Yet, that isn't where I want to be in the long run. I've done some other crazy stuff so far with open source CAD/CAM software such as the cat shelf line, that was a lot of extra work which could have probably avoided by using more professional tools.

The other main thing I wanted was to be able to do was to extend the capabilities of the chosen software to do what I want to do, as in add-ons.

Vectric Aspire 8.5 does all that, so I placed my order.
Stay tuned, I'll let you know how it works out - first up is to adapt the Vectric stock PostProcessor to the Momus and implement that 4th Axis at the same time.

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