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So I got a new CNC router as a christmas present. Well I havent got it yet but was told it's on the way. Without having it in hand I dont know what to expect other than reviews are good.

I know it comes with basic grbl control software but no drafting software. YouTube recommends easel from inventibles. Any other suggestions?

The model is the 3018 pro upgrade. Its undoubtedly made in China and appears to be a smartview genitmatsu (sp?) Knockoff. But hey for $200, can't be horrible to learn on.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Suggestions in upgrades or consumables (like bits) would be very welcomed.

Happy New Years guys and cheers!

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i can only speak for aspire/vectric. the oddity i see about vectric is that when you finish a CAD drawing, you save it as a .crv file. and when you want to edit that drawing/file, you (re)open the .crv file.

when your drawing is completed, you generate toolpaths ( .tap) files. these are what you open with your CAM software to direct the cnc. the .tap files are embedded in the .crv file.

when you close out, you cannot re-open a .tap file directly. you have to open the .crv file to get to the .tap files which you generated for that drawing.

you can save the .tap files in the purchased version. there may be trial versions where you cannot.... don't know.
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