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My current workflow:
1) Design and build a 3D model in BricsCAD Mechanical v21.
2) Create 2D views (top, side, bottom, etc) using the ViewBase command and export the PS layout to its own DWG. At this point and in a perfect world, I'd be done with BricsCAD.
3) Import the DWG containing the exported PS Layout into Vectric VCarve 10.5 where I create the toolpaths and then export for machining.
4) Load the exported toolpath file into my CNC software and machine the parts.
6) And then, for a variety of reasons, I change the design.
7) I need to go back to BricsCAD and edit the model. The views get updated automagically but I need to export the PS layout again, import that DWG into VCarve, and rework toolpaths. I can minimize the toolpath rework by making use of layers for toolpath creation but, at the bare minimum, I need to recalculate and export the toolpaths.
For anyone with a similar workflow, how can I make this process more efficient? Are there any third-party applications for creating toolpaths within BricsCAD? VCarve is a fine application but in this workflow I only use it for toolpathing. I'd like to remove that dependency but then I need a replacement for toolpathing.
I looked at an application offered by the "other cad" company that has 3D modeling, toolpathing, constraints, and ability to simulate motion. It seems to be very popular with the cool kids but I prefer to not change CAD packages.