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CNC Carving - SCM Pratix N8/28
We have Cabinet Vision, Alphcam, and an SCM Group Pratix N machine. We want to get into a little carving so we bought Aspire for Alphacam after watching a video on Aspire. Well turns out you only get half of Aspire when you buy the Alphcam version. You can output vectors, but not toolpaths from Aspire to Alphcam. Is it better to use Aspire with Alphacam or just buy Aspire and output from Aspire?
What are the advantages of using Alphacam if the Aspire stand a lone will output tool paths, show 3d model, etc?
I have Aspire for alphacam and was a little surprised by this as well! they didn't explain this to me before purchasing.
I have found that it works for me though as I did not have to learn a whole new program or have a different post processor. I can model in aspire, then transfer the vectors to alphacam, apply tooling and output to the machine.
Do you mind sharing some pointers with me? We use Cabinet Vision exclusively for our cabinet design, so while Alphacam came with or machine...never use it. I know how to generate the model in Aspire because they have great tutorial videos....aside from not being able to apply tool paths in Aspire.
Do you model in Aspire > Export to Alphacam> then what?
Once you transfer into Alphacam you should be able to use the 3d surface machining function in the machine menu. I had to spend a bit of time trying different settings to get the results I wanted. If you pay for support then log onto the Alphacam website, you should be able to find some video tutorials.
If you are posting to an SCM machine one problem I had was that panel mac could not open the file I outputted, it kept telling me the file was to big. I contacted SCM and they changed a setting to allow larger files.