Here is the full scenario for any project, have failure every time :

  • design 3D model with sketchup
  • measure the size and try to convert it into 2D shapes with some vector applicatins ( like Adobe Illustrator )
  • import the vector into Vectric Aspire
  • nest shapes into the sheet
  • re-check then plan several times
  • set the right tool-path and cut the material
  • problem with sizing every time specially on dado cuts and joints

I think the problem is switching between these applications , so the human errors is unavoidable.

The question is : are there any applications for doing all these steps with one software .

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It would appear that you are agreeable to learning new software. One product pops into my alleged mind when you ask for a "do it all" type of program.

Fusion 360 is free for students, hobbyists and for business that produce below a certain level of income (or is it profit) using the software. For the DIY fellows and gals and hobbyists, it is required to renew the license yearly, a minor task.

F360 is capable of creating 3D models, perhaps not as easily as SketchUp but reasonably easy to learn. Dimensioning is a feature incorporated into Fusion 360 as well as parametric modeling.

Another aspect of F360 is that it is a fully functional CAD/CAM package and you would be able to generate your tool paths directly from your work/models.

There are many resources for learning Fusion 360. Lynda.com provides tutorials and YouTube is loaded with instructional videos.

Our local library has a license agreement with Lynda.com to allow patrons access to their resources at no cost.

I've viewed for entertainment purposes a number of YouTube creators who use Fusion 360 to generate tool paths for their CNC wood router with good results.

  • I think this is a good approach to reduce the number of application hops.
    – Chuck S
    Commented Mar 10, 2018 at 14:58

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