Sheetcam is a low-cost but feature-packed CAM package that is suitable for milling, routing, plasma, waterjet, laser and oxy-fuel cutting. However, to use Sheetcam without any code generation limit, you need to apply a license file that you can purchase from the official website or from authorized resellers.
If you have already bought a license file, you can install Sheetcam with a full license by following these steps:
Download the latest version of Sheetcam from https://www.sheetcam.com/download and run the installer.
On the old computer where you have Sheetcam installed, go to Options->Plugin Options->Knife and make a note of the serial number.
Next, go to Help->Open Settings Folder and move the license file onto a memory stick or another device (don't copy it).
On your new computer, run Sheetcam and go to Help->Install License File. Browse to the location of your license file and select it.
Enter the serial number that you noted down earlier and click OK.
You should see a message saying that your license has been installed successfully.
Congratulations! You have now installed Sheetcam with a full license and you can enjoy all its features and capabilities.
If you encounter any problems or have any questions, you can visit the official forum at https://forum.sheetcam.com/ or contact the support team at email@example.com.
How to Use Sheetcam for Plasma Cutting
Sheetcam is not only a powerful tool for creating cutting operations, but also for controlling your plasma cutter and producing high-quality metal parts. In this section, we will show you how to use Sheetcam for plasma cutting with some examples and tips.
First, you need to have a drawing of the part you want to cut, preferably in DXF format. You can create your own drawing using a CAD program or download one from the internet. For this example, we will use a drawing of a base plate with four anchor bolt holes that we downloaded from https://www.kevincaron.com.
Next, you need to import your drawing into Sheetcam and position it on the metal sheet. You can do this by going to File->Open and selecting your DXF file. Then, you can choose the scale and the origin of your drawing. For our example, we will use inches as the scale and the lower left corner as the origin.
Now, you need to tell Sheetcam how to cut your part. You can do this by creating cutting operations for each layer of your drawing. A layer is a group of contours that have the same cutting parameters, such as feed rate, pierce height, cut height, etc. For our example, we will create two layers: one for the bolt holes and one for the outside contour of the base plate.
To create a layer, you need to go to Mode->Edit Contours and select the contours that you want to group together. Then, you need to right-click and choose Move to Another Layer->Open a New Layer. You can name your layer as you wish. For our example, we will name the first layer \"Holes\" and the second layer \"Outside\".
After creating your layers, you need to go to Operations->Plasma Cut and select the layer that you want to cut first. A new window will pop up where you can specify the cutting parameters for that layer. You can choose the contour method (inside or outside), the material type (thickness and type), the feed rate, the pierce height, the cut height, etc. For our example, we will choose inside contour method for both layers, 1/2 inch steel as the material type, 65 inches per minute as the feed rate, 0.2 inch as the pierce height and 0.06 inch as the cut height.
After setting up your cutting parameters, you can click OK and see the cutting pattern on the screen. You can also preview your cutting operation by going to View->Simulation and clicking on Play. This will show you how your plasma cutter will move and cut your part.
Finally, you need to create the G-code file that will control your plasma cutter. You can do this by going to File->Save As and choosing G-code as the file type. You can name your file as you wish and save it in a location that is accessible by your plasma cutter.
Congratulations! You have now prepared your file for plasma cutting using Sheetcam. You can now load your G-code file into your plasma cutter and start cutting your part. ec8f644aee