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    Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    Hi all,

    I've not used my 1100 much these last couple of years, and when I did I used solidworks 2013 and HSMworks. The solidworks license was enabled through work and since I just retired, it is likely to go away at some point. I can't upgrade hsmworks because of the solidowrks 2013 vintage and in any case it's not 3D. So.....when I got my Tormach it came with a Sprutcam 8 license. I have heard that sprut is a little hard to learn, but like most things, once you learn the eccentricities it's no problem. Is it worth my while making Sprut8 my go to CAM package? I own it, but have never used it and I would like 3D capabilities. As to a drawing pakage, if and when solidworks goes away are there any suggestions?

    thanks!

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    Personaly I never liked a subscription software, where you have to pay every year for the privilege of using it and a new update or two..

    I use Rhino 4 for CAD, it is a 3D package, buy it once and its yours... educational it was about 150 dollars, full price was at the time about 800 dollars. Rhino was relatively easy to learn as well.

    I use Sprutcam 7, it was hard ( for me) to learn but after learning it, it works well and is a 3D cam package.

    This is what I have used since 2/1/2012 and am very happy with it.
    mike sr

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    Sprut 8 may have a leaning curve but once you get it you'll be set. I have been using Sprut since 2008 and all of the revisions up to now. A new CAD would be the inexpensive version of Alibre.
    RAD. Yes those are my initials. Idea, design, build, use. It never ends.
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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    I am still using SprutCam 7 bought back in 2007 along with the Tormach. Also own Solidworks 2010. I also don't like subscription software or software that has you put your stuff up on the cloud. I was using both vintage Solidworks and vintage SprutCAM along with vintage Mach3 today to design and run a part on my vintage Tormach. Both software programs and the Tormach have been long paid for and continue to work just fine for me. I see no reason to put out more money for new software as these programs works perfectly fine. Yep SprutCAM has a steep learning curve but is very a powerful 3D CAM IMO. Search the web the Sprut tutorials for 7 & 8 are still out there although they disappeared from Tormach website. Here is the part I just made a 9" diameter ring with a 782mm diameter curve machined in (remember the manual trepanning this is the same part BUMP). Need to play with the parameters in Sprut 7 to get a better surface finish though it will just take more time with more passes of the 1/2" ball end mill. But Sprut did generate the Gcode for the Tormach with no modification. Vintage SprutCAM , vintage Solidworks, and vintage Tormach still works well for me.

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    I see no reason to put out more money for new software as these programs works perfectly fine.
    I mean, I still edit text files with vim, so I really can't argue against that opinion :-)

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    I have also used sprut for years. As others mentioned it can take time to learn. I use newest version and still find it frustrating. Still not ready to learn free fusion, but cost is compelling. I use iron cad for cad models. Very easy to use , very easy to draw incredibly complex models. Makes the modeling almost fun. I do have to pay to play but find both to be decent tool$ and they make my mill shine as a tool.

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by jwatte View Post
    I mean, I still edit text files with vim, so I really can't argue against that opinion :-)
    Well I don't use FORTRAN IV on 80 column punch cards anymore like I did back in 1971 nor DOS though. However Gcode hasn't advanced that far from it's paper tape beginnings ;-)


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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    I’ve had my PCNC 1100 since July, 2011 and in order to keep the investment manageable I opted not to buy Sprutcam. I had a seat of GibbsCam that was serving me well.

    I used GibbsCam at the last job I had and while I was there I bought a seat of GibbsCam. It was super expensive, but I haven’t regretted my decision for a second.

    I’m still running Mach III as well.
    You can buy GOOD PARTS or you can buy CHEAP PARTS, but you can't buy GOOD CHEAP PARTS.

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    I started out with SprutCam 7 and still use it. Because it's taken dyslexic-me a long time to learn how to use it I don't really want to upgrade and have to learn or relearn new features of SprutCam 8.

    Several years ago I bought a used laptop computer from a retiring engineer. That laptop had Solidworks 10 on it already so I went about learning how to use that particular CAD software by trial and error and by watching many YouTube tutorial vids. After the same several years of learning how to use the SprutCam7 software I also learned how to use the SolidWorks 10 software as well. The combination of the two are working out well for me now.

    I recently signed up for online classes offered by TITANS OF CNC to try to get a better grasp of manual programing. My SprutCam software will occasionally give me tool paths that contain needless moves that I want to be able to change or eliminate. I mention this because as part of the perks of joining this FREE online class structure you can download for free copy of the FUSION 360 CAM software. If you're looking for another CAM software to try out that may or may not have an easier learning curve perhaps FUSION 360 may be what you're looking for.

    These online tutorials offered by Titans Of CNC also produces tutorials that show detailed programing using Fusion 360. I don't know if your version of SolidWorks 2013 automatically self-destructs at a certain point in time but if it doesn't it IS compatible with the Fusion 360 software.

    Although I was able to download it successfully I've never used it. I didn't really want to go through the process of learning another CAM software; especially when I'm just now getting to where I've figured out enough of my SprutCam software to meet my particular needs.

    MetalShavings

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    So far - and thanks for all the inputs - it sounds like it's worth the effort to try it. I think I found the dongle, little blue thing, doesn't say "sprut" on it, but I guess when I get around to firing it up I'll find out!

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    I wouldn't tell anyone who’s happy with their tools to stop using them, but if you’re starting from scratch now I cant see why you’d want to start with anything other than Fusion. The Startup license makes it free for hobby or low-end commercial use and there are hundreds of hours of free training videos out there to help learn it. The toolpaths it generates are some of the best of tools I’ve used, though I’ve never had the chance to try something like Mastercam or NX.

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    Re: Sprutcam 8 worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by sansbury View Post
    I wouldn't tell anyone who’s happy with their tools to stop using them, but if you’re starting from scratch now I cant see why you’d want to start with anything other than Fusion. The Startup license makes it free for hobby or low-end commercial use and there are hundreds of hours of free training videos out there to help learn it. The toolpaths it generates are some of the best of tools I’ve used, though I’ve never had the chance to try something like Mastercam or NX.
    Fusion makes you put your work on the cloud. No Thanks. Also I own SprutCAM software not borrow the software like Fusion and are at the whim of Autodesk.

    Don

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