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Software that works with iModela?

Post by Dave_Willis » Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:42 pm

Hello all,

I am new to this forum and new to the whole world of CNC...
This question may have been answered elsewhere, and I have looked all over this forum and elsewhere - but so far I don't have an answer that helps me. I have only just bought an iModela and want to create jewellery (3 axis/2.5D, not 4 axis) - is there any 3rd party software that people here would recommend for this purpose?

I have the software that came with the iModela, and it seems fairly basic.
I also have ZBrush, Carrara, Blender and Sketchup. These can output .stl files - is that all I need?
Can I just use these .stl files in the Modela Player 4 software to do the job, or would I get a better result with a 3rd party CNC software? If so, what options are available?
I've just tried the demo version of ArtCAM Express, which is nice - but their sales contact told me I'd need at least ArtCAM Insignia, which costs £1700!
My cut-off point for expenditure on software is around £600. I think anything beyond that is taking the shirt off my back. :)
At the moment, I am pretty much just a hobbyist, but I would eventually like to turn this into something that will make me money.

Thanks for any advice!

Dave

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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Dave_Willis » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:42 pm

What about Cut3D? Is anybody out there using that with an iModela?

Cheers,

Dave

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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Dave_Willis » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:55 pm

...Anybody? :)

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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Patrick Thorn » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:04 am

Hi Dave
The included Modela Player, will cut your 3D STL files. Information of the place to download is with your iModela information.
Modela Creator will do your 2.5D from your 2D data.
ClickMill allows making simple procedures for surfacing etc.
Updates for iModela users are here

Modela section of our site is here

ArtCAM Express is Delcam's entry level software.

Vectric also have a nice selection
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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Dave_Willis » Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:19 am

Hi Patrick,

Thanks very much for the reply.

I think, being new to CNC, I am suffering a bit from confusion over what all the different packages do. There seems to be some overlap between what they do.

Possibly what would be the most helpful to me is a description of a workflow.

I think maybe my possible (best) workflow is:

(a) Corel Draw (2D vector) > ZBrush (3D STL) > Modela Player 4 > iModela

or, alternatively:

(b) Corel Draw (2D vector) > ZBrush (3D STL) > Cut3D > iModela

Do either of these seem workable? Or...do I really need iModela Creator (which seems to be more for 2D)?

I've been evaluating the free version of Cut3D and it seems like a really well made piece of software.

Cheers,

Dave

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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Andrew Dudley » Thu May 14, 2015 12:17 pm

Hi David,

For 2D applications - If you are familure with Corel then you can save the file and import into the iModela Creator software (note you will have to make sure it's vector not raster image).
That way you can do 2D and 2.5D work fairly easily. Alternatively you could use Cut2D to design and output, but that cost is £95.

If you are looking for the 3D work, then an STL file from Zbrush (or other software) can be imported into Modella Player 4 and then you can create the toolpaths from there.

The machine accepts GCode and RML-1 so most software should be able to integrave with the iModela is some way.
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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Dave_Willis » Sun May 17, 2015 1:24 pm

Thanks.

I am having too many issues with Modela Player 4 for it to be useful to me. It's one of the most crashy pieces of software I've had to use in a long time.
I suspect that it needs to be massively updated so it will work better with more recent versions of Windows.

I tried Vectric Cut3D, and although there are some minor issues, that seemed to work for a rough cut test. I need to find out if it will get the level of finish I am looking for, so I need to do one or two more tests with it.

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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Andrew Dudley » Mon May 18, 2015 3:10 pm

Hi David,

What version of MP4 are you using?

I have no issues with it on my laptop or various other PC's we have here.
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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Dave_Willis » Mon May 18, 2015 8:03 pm

It's Version 2.03. Dated 2011.

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Re: Software that works with iModela?

Post by Dave_Willis » Mon May 18, 2015 8:25 pm

Andrew, thanks - I installed the newer update.
I'll see if it is more stable now.
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