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30 Sep 2020 14:02 #184383 by Reinhard

The argument that Estlcam already offers this does not convince me

I guess, you got me wrong.

I didn't cite Estlcam in the sense, that there's already an app, so you don't need to keep on working.
No. I cited Estlcam, as it claims to be an easy to use cam for non-machinists - and it fails. It works with simple parts and yes, it supports trochoidal milling, but on complicated parts it simply fails and there is no way out.
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Cambam is feature rich but does nothing automatically. So its said to be complicated. But it offers a bunch of tools that enable you to work out the most complicated piece you can imagine.
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... as numerous CAM programs are on the market that already offer complicated CAM.

That's true for sure :(

At work we have very expensive CAM (various), but as most if not all parts are technical pieces, there are 2 colleagues who are faster with manual GCode coding, than any other with using CAM. They won't never learn or use CAM - and its ok for the company.

I think that's the point. CAM, CAD or any other abbreviation with starts with C should help the user use his time efficiently and not waste his time. Many programmers have lost sight of that goal.
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however we try to keep the user interface simple. Which is not always easy...

There's a saying: the genius of an invention does not present itself by function complexity but appears in its ease of use.

So keep on becoming better.
... and if you need a tester, I'm willing to spent my time to help you improve DP.

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30 Sep 2020 15:00 - 30 Sep 2020 15:01 #184385 by LexLen
Ah, now I understand about Estlcam.

Thanks for your offer to cooperate in testing new software features !

BTW the post on Facebook is reaching a lot of people (www.facebook.com/DeskProto/posts/3295983023771724)
One comment might be interesting for you: "Wow, kommt mir bekannt vor.".

Lex.
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30 Sep 2020 15:12 #184388 by andypugh


Is that a good STL? It looks strange. I wonder if it has internal surfaces that are confusing the CAM?

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30 Sep 2020 15:34 #184390 by Reinhard

I wonder if it has internal surfaces that are confusing the CAM?

Hm, should be ok.
Its a dualside part, which means, it has to be milled from upside and downside. Blender states some minor errors with 3D-printer check, but prusa slicer processes the file without errors.

If you're interested, I could send you blender file and/or stl.

Cambam gets not confused from the stl.

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