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Alphacam vs V-Carve/ Aspire6/1
I posted this at the bottom of another thread, but would like more opinions, so I'm creating a new one.
i wood buy the one that has the most tutorials. i have alphacam & if u need to learn much at all above basic, u have to take time off from work & join a class. most of the other ones have a ton on-line. so if i were doing it again that is definitely what i wood b looking at also.
You can download a trial version of Aspire or V Carve pro and play with it. Vectric is good about not nagging you to buy. If you do buy V Carve pro you can later upgrade to Aspire and not lose money as they have an upgrade plan
I would also give a go for fusion360.
Alphacam. No question. Especially since you already know how to drive it. Aspire requires a different skill set.
Can you expand on that Mike? Why no question on Alphacam over the other?
What I mean by that is, you already own your post processor, you have a collection of tools that you have created, you know how to manipulate geometry in order to set up your tool path. Profile cutting is pretty simple and there are online examples of how to do it. I have Aspire, but never use it because I hate online videos. That is the only damn way to learn it. I'd pay to have an instructor that was skilled. No formal training is available. Anyway, just my 2 cents. I use the Ultimate version and all of its features. I recently taught some guys the Essential version of Alphacam and it is definitely lacking in features. All those guys need though...
I'm running a SCM Pratix for the last 14 yrs with both of the above programmes.
very good & thourough response michael
I think you hit the nail on the head Mike when you say "tools I know how to use are lacking"
Lot of Mike's on this thread...
AlphaCam supports the drill head on the SCM Pratix in single, multi or side drilling depending on the configuration of your drill head.
Mike, if you're still using AlphaCam v7, you're using 13+ year old outdated technology. The current version (2018 R2) vastly improves many of the issues you describe and adds many new features and capabilities.
AlphaCam's Multidrill can be adapted to virtually any machine, you need to have the "post" file for multidrill setup.
You can now also add on Aspire for AlphaCam to take advantage of Aspire's 3d drawing capabilities and use AlphaCam's 3d Machining capabilities.
Take another look at AlphaCam's current release.
we have had Alphacam 2012 since its was released, and is still the most power ful package we have ever had, a forum member here actually came to our shop and trained us and created a post processing. if you dont have to updrade i wouldnt.
I noticed that Aspire was now hand in hand with AlphaCam.
Alphacam is best. V carve/Aspire have some feature which can be good. But by a Alphacam you can programme all types of manufacture from simple 2D parts to very difficult 5 axis machining in a future. Function like a multidrill, nesting, support for aggregate.. great postprocessing have not any other software.