User Review of madCAM 6.0 Level 5X

Authentic User Review of Written by a Novedge Customer

July 5, 2014

CAM Plug-In for Rhino

Jason Forbes
I read a Novedge review for madCAM stating,"But there is absolutely no support for the product." That's a false statement; madCAM has publicly supported their users for over 8 years on cnczone.com.
http://www.cnczone.com/forums/madcam/

I like madCAM's multi-axis capabilities and that today's version is 64bit. The install was very quick with the 30day trial as default. I spent hours playing with toolpaths and the post process. The Toolpath Simulator is awkward, but it's useful and I adjusted to how it works. Once acclimated, toolpath development flows extremely well with the modelling process.

For the user who is new to Rhino; the learning curve will be smoother and faster if you have a class or instructional video.

A help file provides specific settings needed for modelling along with variable descriptions for posting and procedures for toolbar setting. madCAM's toolbar command and scripting is from the Rhino process, therefore customizing the toolbar is a breeze.

Example; Arc specific toolpath creation was undeveloped at the time of my purchase, but the process could act when executing a command to force arc toolpath. A custom button was created on the fly and the command inserted for immediate use. The process for toolbar editing is very fast and productive.

I feel most CAM software is developed on a platform for milling while woodworkers who find these platforms useful adapt them for routing. I'm not certain if the madCAM developer has a focus on 'woodworking' sales, but at the current price-tier many woodworkers could justify the purchase.

Software packages of all types are in constant development. As long as the developer appears to have an interest in their product and seems motivated to improve their product, I'll support them when I can.

For today, I'm grateful to have Rhino and madCAM and foresee a bright future for them.

CAM Experience:
Mastercam 5yr; Vectric 2yr; madCAM 1/4yr.

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