Greetings, friendly humans!
Based on current shipping estimates, my fun and exciting sparkly new Onefinity Woodworker is scheduled to be on its way very soon. Looking forward to making some new and improved awesome in my workshop. Well… My workshop and my basement until it warms up a bit outside. It hasn’t made it up to freezing in a couple of weeks where I live. Fortunately, the Onefinity is a lot more portable than a lot of my workshop.
I’m debating options for creating G-code. There are a few things I’d definitely like to do. There are the obvious basics that pretty much all the software can do, but I’d like to make snazzier stuff.
I have a fair bit of practice with Blender and it is possible to export models created with it into a number of different pieces of CAD/CAM software. With a bit of planning, most of the models I’d like to turn into actual objects could be done on the Onefinity. I would like to do this as painlessly as possible. Have played with Fusion 360, but that is WAY overkill for my needs and the interface makes me want to rip out what little hair I have left.
Other than that, I’m mainly looking for something that can work with 2D vector images (pretty much anything that can do G-code can do that) and do an occasional photo V-carve. That looks like fun.
Among the things I would like to make in short order are mechanical contrivances, such as gears and other things used in clockwork mechanisms.
So… Basically, I’m looking for something that is fairly easy to learn, but is powerful enough to do some distinctly interesting stuff with. As much as I’d love to buy ALL the software, I sadly don’t have access to Bill Gates’ pocketbook. What is your experience with the various pieces of software that can create G-code for the Onefinity? What would you consider pros and cons on them?
Thank you for your advice. Be well and have a fabulous day!