Pete j.


Reston, VA

Member since:

June 7, 2012

How would you rate your expertise and experience using CAD software?

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.

What CAD packages have you used?

I have used turboCAD and genericCAD years ago. Recently have worked using some 3D modeling tools like blender and sketchup. I recently purchased a CNC Mill and have been learning bobcad.

Do you have any experience with CAM software packages? Which ones?

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

What CAD/CAM software packages are you interested in learning or improving your proficiency?

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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