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what soft ware needed4/25
You can get the KCD dxf output for about $4k then use vcarve pro or cabinetpartspro to do the nesting and toolpathing. Vcarve pro and cabinetpartspro are both extremely affordable......well under $1k
The extra $$$ for the one button machining in KCD is a watered down version of enRoute that runs in the background. You are far better off using a separate CAM package outside of KCD as you will likely need the CAM package for other stuff anyways.
I am currently going through this myself. My new router is expected in about 4 weeks. I debated to switch to Mozaic from KCD, but decided to stick with KCD. I have not used mozaic, but have been told that creating presentation drawings and the like can be a little tedious.
Rent Mozaic for a month and give it a try.
Just got a cnc in January. I had been using Kcd for over 10 years and love how easy it is to use. I almost spent the money to buy the cnc add on but decided to try Mozaik first. It made sense to try it before I spent the money on the kcd add on. So far Mozaik is working out good. It isn't as easy a kcd but much more powerful. You can do more custom cabinets with it.
Thanks for all the responses, so many people recommended vcarve pro for more than just cutting cabinets. i have used Kcd over 4 years now it is so easy to learn and free customer support but has some Limitations such as for example turning. base door cabinet to 4 drawer cabinet and also equal size drawer height with some simple clicks . I Will Call mozaik and will give it a try.
How much longer to draw a typical kitchen?
JM, those are loaded questions to someone that is still learning it. Part of the learning is also the fact that you are producing parts on the cnc and how you used to do something one way can now be done differently on the cnc. It might take me twice as long to draw. Some of it will go quicker once I make some other library cabinets. The presentation drawings are sent right over to Sketch up so there isn't much to do with them, although there is a lot you can learn to do with them in sketch up that I haven't learned yet. It's lacking some shop drawing stuff that I think they are working on. Probably the hardest thing to learn is how to set up things to build the way you want to but you can get a lot of help from them on that. I don't use the pricing part of it yet. I am not proficient with it yet. The best part of Mozaik is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to find out if it works for you or not.
What about renting autocad?
A new program they are doing, no, cannot vouch for it, but something very much worth looking into possibly.