VisualCAD/CAM features MecSoft's FREE and easy-to-use CAD program VisualCAD, which is the host platform for the VisualCAM and Visual3DPRINT plug-in products.VisualCAM is MecSoft's flagship CAM software product that addresses the CNC machining market needs with modules VisualMILL, VisualTURN, VisualNEST, and VisualART to address specific needs of various CNC manufacturing processes.
Low initial cost and yearly maintenance fees. The nesting module was given away for free in an update a few years ago. There is very little learning curve, as features are straightforward and consistent. Software is not overly complex. Knowledge based machining is a very handy feature, allowing you to reuse common cutting strategies. Using knowledge bases, toolpath geometry can be automatically assigned by layer, color, or type, which can reduce programming time. Customer support is helpful and timely.
What do you dislike?
Program is very buggy. Crashes are all too common when posting code or modifying geometry. Network license is lost very frequently. CAD features are clunky at best, and cause the program to crash without warning at worst. Some features seem to work intermittently (trim and extend are hit or miss for me). Screen picks must be very precise, which can slow the user down quite a bit. The nesting module is useless for all but the simplest of jobs. Feature recognition only works for solid models, and gives mixed results.
Recommendations to others considering the product
If you value low cost, ease of use, and good customer support over advanced features, automation, and lack of frustration, VisualCAM is a good choice for you. My company has used VisualCAM for many years to program one-off cabinet designs utilizing mostly 2.5 axis toolpaths. The program is ill-fitted for our use, but the low cost keeps us coming back. This CAM software is best suited for high-volume production runs or 3 axis machining.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
VisualCAM gives my company a cost effective way to generate programs for our CNC router. With CNC technology, we are able to produce complex cabinet designs quickly and accurately. We also utilize its 3 axis toolpath strategies to create complex parts for fiberglass manufacturing.
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