Alibre is giving away its new CAM Xpress free, but only to a selected group of users. In Google GMail fashion, the Elect will be permitted to invite others (the Sub Elect) to also get their free copy of CAM Xpress (formerly Alibre CAM). The related Web page is vague as to how one qualifies, other than to leave one's email address.
What do you get for free? Not a lot, obviously:
* Profiling (2.5 axis).
* Horizontal roughing and parallel finishing (3 axis).
* Drilling, including user-defined drill cycles.
* Hole sorting.
* Some post-processing.
* Tool path and holder simulation.
* Standard mill and drill tools.
The next level up, Alibre CAM Standard at $1000, provides a whole lot more features.
"Alibre CAM and Alibre CAM Xpress are going to disrupt the stagnant CAM software market," says CEO Greg Milliken in a press release. The problem isn't stagnancy; it's fractiousness. Even the biggest CAM software vendors have small marketshares.