Category Archives: Software

Posts by Maggie Cease

SheetCam CAM Software - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

SheetCam is an easy-to-use 2-1/2D CAM program that converts 2D DXF files (from CAD programs such as AutoCAD, LibreCAD, Inkscape, and others) into the G-code to run such tools as the Tormach CNC vertical milling machine and the CNC plasma … Continue reading

SheetCam CAM Software Skill Development - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Learn how to use SheetCam to convert AutoCAD (and other dxf) CAD files for use on CNC machines like the Tormach CNC mill and the CNC plasma.  Computers with SheetCam will be provided.  Show up early to copy the class … Continue reading

SolidWorks 3D CAD Software - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

SolidWorks is a powerful 3D CAD program.  Comparable to AutoDesk Inventor, use this program to create 3D models that are then exported as STL files for such tools as the Tormach CNC mill, CNC Plasma Cutter, ShopBot CNC router, etc. … Continue reading

Inkscape Vector Graphics Software - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Inkscape is free, open-source software for vector graphics.  Similar in function to Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw.  Use it to create graphics for use with the Epilog Laser, Roland Vinyl cutter, and via CAM software such as SheetCam and MeshCAM, … Continue reading

MeshCAM Pro CAM Software - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

MeshCAM Pro (formerly MeshCAM Art) is a 3D CAM program that takes an STL,  DXF, or bitmap file and outputs G-code ready to run on a CNC machine such as the Tormach vertical mill or ShopBot CNC router.  (Partworks is … Continue reading

PartWorks, PartWorks 3D CAM Software - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

PartWorks and PartWorks 3D are ShopBot-specific versions of Vectrix’s V-Carve software. PartWorks and PartWorks 3D are installed on the workstations in the common room, and on the ShopBot controller PC.

Corel Draw Software - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Corel Draw is a vector graphics program, similar to Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator.  Use it to produce artwork for the laser, vinyl cutter, and via CAM software like SheetCam, tools like the CNC plasma cutter.

GNU Image Manipulation Program (“GIMP”) Software - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

This open-source program allows the creation and editing of bitmap graphics.  Use this program to produce graphics for websites, edit photos, or modify images for use in other programs such as Inkscape.

Introduction to the Raspberry Pi, a $35 Single-Board Computer - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

“Great instructor” “Aimed right at the perfect skill/knowledge level” Learn how to use the Raspberry Pi, a popular, powerful, and inexpensive ($25-$35!) single-board computer.  In this class we’ll cover the basics of programming the Raspberry Pi in Python, connecting simple … Continue reading

MeshCAM CAM Software Skill Development - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Learn how to use MeshCAM to convert 3D CAD and bitmap files for use on CNC machines like the Tormach CNC mill.  Computers with MeshCAM will be provided.  Show up early to copy the class example files (or see link … Continue reading

Snapshot: What’s Coming Up at Maker Works - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

January Monday, 1/5: Intro to Raspberry Pi Thursday, 1/8: Corel Draw for the Laser Tuesday, 1/13: GO-Tech (Monthly Community Meeting, 7pm) Friday, 1/16: Fix-It Friday (Third Friday of each month, 4-6pm) Saturday, 1/17: Intro to Arduino Monday, 1/19: SheetCam Saturday, … Continue reading

Intro to MeshCam – Saturday, 1/24 - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Saturday, 1/24: 2-4:30pm   Learn how to use MeshCAM to convert 3D CAD and bitmap files for use on CNC machines like the Tormach CNC mill.  Check out the class description for the difference between 2, 2-1/2D, and full 3D … Continue reading

Mid-Winter Break Science & Technology Camp, Powered by BrainMonkeys - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Robots, Legos, electronics and more! This camp offers participants a taste of everything that Brain Monkeys has to offer.  During this week-long session, students will build and battle sumo robots, learn basic electronics using conductive ink and LEDs, and even … Continue reading

Our New Software for Feeds and Speeds – GWizard - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

We’ve just installed several copies of GWizard, software you can use to calculate feeds and speeds for the Tormach CNC Mill, the ShopBot CNC Router, or any manual machine like the Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machine, the Clausing Colchester Engine Lathe, … Continue reading

Geomagic Design 3D Parametric CAD - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Geomagic Design (formerly Alibre) is a parametric 3D CAD program comparable to SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, etc. Create 3D models and output in STL for 3D printing or 3D machining, or generate DXF files for 2-1/2 and 2D machining. Includes assemblies, … Continue reading

Intro to VCarve Pro - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Join Thea Eck, expert ShopBot instructor with over 5 years of experience, and learn everything you need to know about CAD designing and CAM toolpathing. This 1-day workshop is intended for new and beginner VCarve 8.0 users. VCarve 8.0 is the official … Continue reading

Intro to CNC - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

How do you use computer-controlled (“CNC”) tools?  It may look like magic when the ShopBot, plasma cutter, Tormach, or other machine accurately cuts an intricate shape, but in fact we have some powerful software tools that  let even beginners create … Continue reading

NEW VCarve Classes Coming Up! - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Do you have some experience with VCarve, the official ShopBot Tools Inc. software used with the ShopBot CNC Router and other milling machines, and want to learn more? Check out these exciting new VCarve 8.0 classes held in the shop! … Continue reading

Beginning 3D CAD with Fusion 360 - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

AutoDesk’s Fusion 360 is a professional 3D parametric CAD program that can produce 3D models for machining, visualization, and 3D printing.  In this class we’ll cover the basics of creating a 3D part using the common sketch-extrude-modify method. By the … Continue reading

Inkscape 101 – Intro to Vector Drawing - classes

Posted on by kirstin hensley

Inkscape is free, open-source illustration software for Windows, Mac, and Linux with powerful design tools for print, electronic media, crafting, electronics, game design, layouts for CNC machines and much, much more. This class will teach fundamental concepts of vector graphics, … Continue reading

Inkscape 102 – Vector Drawing - classes

Posted on by kirstin hensley

Inkscape is free, open-source illustration software for Windows, Mac, and Linux with powerful design tools for print, electronic media, crafting, electronics, game design, layouts for CNC machines and much, much more. This class will expand on the concepts taught in … Continue reading

Fusion 360 CAD/CAM - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Fusion 360 is a parametric 3D CAD program comparable to SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Alibre, etc. Create 3D models and output in STL for 3D printing or 3D machining, or generate DXF files for 2-1/2 and 2D machining. Has powerful integrated … Continue reading