Chapter 6. CAD/CAM Project: No Machine Necessary!

This chapter unites the CAD/CAM process by outlining the steps needed to design a wooden toy racer, then create and simulate the toolpaths—even if you don’t own or have access to a CNC.


Inkscape is a free and open scalable vector graphics editor (see “Inkscape”). If you didn’t download as you followed along in Chapter 4, go ahead and do that now.


MakerCAM is a free, fully functional, browser-based CAM software with basic built-in CAD functionality (see Figure 6-1). You can draw circles, rectangles, rounded rectangles, and polygons, and do basic vector editing.

MakerCAM can import an SVG file, create toolpaths, and save those toolpaths as a set of machining instructions or ...

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