DeskProto® releases Free CAM software for Vector (2D), Geometry (3D) and Bitmap (relief)
A new DeskProto version has been released, featuring an edition that may be used free of charge, as shareware.
"With prices of simple CNC milling machines steadily falling, users are looking for lowcost CAM software," says Lex Lennings, DeskProto spokesman. "We were very happy that we now can offer a free edition, allowing new machine owners to immediately start machining, without any additional expense."
What makes DeskProto stand out of the CAM crowd is that all types of CAD-data are supported: 2D jobs like nameplates and front-panels, 3D jobs like sculptures and scale models, reliefs based on digital images. Even the Free edition supports all three types of CAM, see www.deskproto.com/
As the user interface is friendly for users without much prior CAM experience, the DeskProto Free edition is a perfect tool to start exploring CNC. Later a decision can be made either to keep using the Free edition, to upgrade to a paid edition or to look for a different CAM program. Machine builders are welcome to deliver each new machine with a free DeskProto, as that will allow any client to get going immediately. The free edition can be downloaded from www.deskproto.com/
DeskProto by Delft Spline Systems is the 3D CAM program that has made CNC milling a competitive alternative for 3D Printing by making it just as easy. The software can import 2D drawing files (DXF, EPS, AI), 3D geometry files (STL, DXF) and digital images (BMP, JPG, PNG, ...), calculate NC toolpaths and then export NC program files suited for any 3-axis or 4-axis CNC milling machine. Key feature is the ease of use: DeskProto is aimed at designers, not (as most other CAM software) at CAM specialists.
Despite its low-end price DeskProto contains many high-end features, like automatic feedrate reduction at high chiploads, collet collision check, full rotation axis support, the two-sided milling wizard, and much more (not all options are available in all editions). Current users range from hobbyists and one-person model-shops to multinational A-brand companies like Unilever, Lancôme, Sony-Ericsson and NASA. For more information visit www.deskproto.com
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