Direct STL to CNC CAM Solution
MeshCAM is the perfect CNC software for non-machinists. It's the perfect software for people who want to have CAM capabilities without the need for complex CAD/CAM knowledge.
* Works on Windows and Macs
No Machining Knowledge Required
The worst part of any new CNC software is being confronted by a wall of settings to create a toolpath.
Stepover, stepdown, waterline, threshold angles… Do you want to learn a whole new language just to get your first toolpath?
MeshCAM has an Automatic Toolpath Wizard that picks as many of those values as possible so that you don’t have to.
You just pick the cutters, tell MeshCAM the desired quality level, and it will analyze the model to pick values to get you started. You can tweak them to make them better or use them as-is.
If you already know what you’re doing then don’t worry- you still have complete control over all of your toolpath settings.
Machine Almost Anything
Every part requires a slightly different approach to machine it efficiently. If your CAM software doesn’t give you enough toolpath strategies then you’ll spend more time to machine your part or you’ll give up finish quality. This is not something you have to worry about with MeshCAM.
MeshCAM has more toolpath options than any competing CAM program.
- Parallel Roughing (2D and 3D)
- Contour Offset Roughing (2D and 3D)
- Parallel Finishing
- Waterline Finishing
- Pencil Finishing
This combination of toolpaths will machine almost any part you can imagine.
How It Works
With MeshCAM you simply load an STL or DXF file and let your CNC machine do the work. The CNC software lets you have the choice of doing advanced machining processes without the need of having to be an expert in CAM. The software is the fastest way to generate gcode.
You have a simple goal, to take a CAD file and get your mill to cut it. You don’t want to become an expert on CAM software, you want parts today.
MeshCAM is made for people who just want to make parts now.
Here’s the MeshCAM process:
- Load a file from almost any CAD program
- Build an efficient toolpath with minimal input
- Save gcode that works on your CNC machine
Don’t let the simplicity fool you, MeshCAM has lots of flexibility and options for advanced machining.
MeshCam has 2 versions: MeshCAM Standard and MeshCAM Pro.
|Load 3D STL files
|Load image files
|Parallel Finishing Toolpaths
|3D Toolpath view
|3D Toolpath simulation
|2D Contour Toolpath
|2D Pocket Toolpath
Operating System Compatibility (Windows + Mac)
On Windows, MeshCAM runs on Windows 7, 8, and 10 (64-bit) and on Macs with OSX 10.14 or higher. It requires a minimum of 4GB or RAM.
3D CAD Program Compatibility
MeshCAM works with almost every 3D CAD program by opening the two most common 3D file formats, STL and DXF.
If you just want to make 2D parts without using a 3D CAD program, you can load 2D DXF files (in R12 format) and extrude them to a 3D part.
We’ve got lots of users of:
- Autodesk Inventor
- Rhino 3D
- And many many more...
If your CAD file can generate an STL file, it’ll work.
CNC Machine Compatibility
MeshCAM has a built-in post processor to transform the gcode to work with your machine. It supports lots of machine types as-is and it can be extended to support most other
If your CNC machine takes normal gcode then it will work with MeshCAM.
The post processor format is fully documented in the help file so you can make changes if you find the need.
Here’s a partial list of included post processors:
- Mach 2/3/4
- Linux CNC
- Fanuc Compatible
No CAD - No Problem
Sometimes you need a part that cannot be designed with a traditional CAD program. Sometimes you don’t even have a CAD program.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry. You can open any image file (JPG, BMP, or PNG) in MeshCAM and the image will be converted to a 3D surface that can be machined directly.
Users have come up with incredible uses for this feature to make parts that would be almost impossible with a traditional CAD program.
Eliminate Complicated Fixtures
Some parts are very difficult to machine because they're very difficult to hold down. Clamps and vises get in the way and turn what should be an easy job into a complicated one.
MeshCAM lets you add supports/tabs to your part so that it remains connected to the stock during machining. The supports hold the part in place so you can keep the cutter away from your vise.
MeshCAM does this without help from your CAD program so it doesn't depend on anything but MeshCAM itself.
Machine Huge Parts Is No Challenge
MeshCAM was designed from the start to support HUGE 3D files. Huge in physical size and huge in file size.
Users are making boats and large museum exhibits in MeshCAM using large CNC routers.
Jewelers and engineers are making incredibly detailed parts with files that contain millions of polygons.
3D Toolpath Simulator (Pro Version)
MeshCAM Pro includes a 3D toolpath simulator that will show you not only where the tool will go, but how the finished part will look.
Sometimes you don't have time to run a toolpath to see how it will turn out, or you can just use simulation to try different settings to see how the part changes.
This is the absolute fastest way to see what your parts will look like with no wasted time, cutters, or stock.
Free updates, No Maintenance Fees, and No "Cloud" Version
When you buy MeshCAM it runs on your machine, not the cloud. You will not pay monthly or yearly fees to keep it active.
Here’s the update policy for MeshCAM:
- You will get all updates to the current version of MeshCAM (currently Version 8) forever.
- If a new version is released within 3 months of your purchase, you’ll get it for free.
MeshCAM was first released in 2004 so it’s been around for a while.
Since then, there have been 8 major versions, hundreds of releases and tens of thousands of downloads. There are plenty of ideas left to implement and a big to-do list. MeshCAM is going to be available for a while.
Here are some third-party review from Develop3D: