Pete j.


Reston, VA

Member since:

June 7, 2012

Tell us about your CAD knowledge. How would you rate your expertise and experience using CAD software? What CAD packages have you used? It's fine to answer 'just learning' or 'IKE' (I Know Everything) but adding some details is more helpful.

I have used CAD on and off many times but not enough to be fluent in any one package. I took drafting in school and as a computer science guy have worked in 3D modeling and rendering a lot. So I would say I'm competent but not highly functional.

We're all about sharing knowledge. Do you have any experience with CAM software packages? Which ones? How would you rate your knowledge of g-code? Are you more interested in learning or teaching others?

Bobcad/cam v24, meshcam on the mill side Mach3 and EMC2

What CAD/CAM/CNC related software are you interested in learning or improving your proficiency? What knowledge do you have in this area that you'd like to share with the group?

I'm working mostly in bobcad/cam which I find awkward, I'm looking for the best affordable packages I can find, so getting good advice from experienced folks is appreciated. I am interested in learning G & M code well enough to edit tool paths an write custom stuff without destroying my mill. I'm also interested in learning what are the general "Best practices" of running a CNC mill. So basically, i'm a sponge wanting to soak up as much as I can.


I'm Pete Johnson, I've been making things my whole life. For the past few years I have been making and renovating telescopes for clubs, myself and other groups. For the most part have been working in wood, plastics, some metals.

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