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Apr 15, 2008

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Evan Yares

Ralph... you are a tough guy to please. A vendor gives away 3-axis CAM, and you say it's "not a lot?"

How about they add 5-axis contouring, and pay people to take it?

Jon Banquer

Maybe a more interesting story would be to interview Joe Anand, owner of Mecsoft, who makes AlibreCAM. Joe's concept is very unique and amounts to trying to hit it big with private label CAM. I wonder if anyone has considered how much market share SpaceClaim or IronCAD or ? could achieve if they approached CAM companies that have major obstacles with their dated user interface and horrible CAD (Smartcam, Surfcam, EZCAM, etc.) and tried to cut a deal for creating powerful CAM for these aforementioned programs. I think the reality is that SpaceClaim and IronCAD are far better suited right now for machine shops who have to work with imported data than something like SolidWorks is.

Jon Banquer
San Diego, CA

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