Arc PRO Automation:
Arc PRO Automation is our single software solution to accomplish all three software needs; CAD, CAM, and CNC. With all your basic CAD functions needed for design work, built in parts catalog with full customization loaded with flanges, tabs, brackets, and gussets. This software leaves you with no unorganized mess of files but rather a clean click through inter-phase that will allow you to control one off parts to a full production run with both grid and true shape nesting options.
DraftSight is one of many CAD softwares that you can use to create vector (DXF) files, or it can be used to edit already existing vector files you have. Although it takes a little time to learn, once you know how it works you can tackle almost any metal art project with ease.
Fusion 360 is a cloud based 3D modeling platform that has been used to help students and educators prepare for the future of design. It's the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind, connecting your entire product development process into one cloud-based platform.
AutoCAD is a great CAD software with amazing functionality as well as accuracy for more detailed and complex parts. With decades of profection AutoCAD has created a software that is virtually limitless with a proficient operatior. Although AutoCAD is on the expensive side compared to other free sketching softwares it is great for intricate designs. AutoCAD also has the ability to export DXF files allowing the operator to open them directly into SheetCam.
Remember, you can use any software that you prefer to create vector files. As long as the softwares can save or export a file in the DXF Format you will have no problems opening the file in sheetcam to start your cutting process.