DeskProto is described as '3D CAM program (CAM = Computer Aided Manufacturing). It can import STL files from any 3D CAD program, calculate CNC toolpaths and then write NC program files for any brand of CNC milling machine, 3-axis, 4-axis or 5-axis' and is an app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to DeskProto for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based, Self-Hosted solutions and Mac. The best alternative is Blender CAM, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like DeskProto are jscut (Free, Open Source), PyCAM (Free, Open Source), CamBam (Freemium) and SprutCAM (Paid).
PyCAM is a toolpath generator for 3-axis CNC machining. It loads 3D models in STL format or 2D contour models from DXF or SVG files. The resulting GCode can be used with EMC2 or any other machine controller.
CamBam is an application to create CAM files (gcode) from CAD source files or its own internal geometry editor. CamBam has many users worldwide, from CNC hobbyists to professional machinists and engineers.
The fast and easy way to create CNC or robot milling programs that let you get the very best from your machines. The simple to use front end of our software is easy for a novice CAM programmer but SprutCAM is much more capable than it first appears to be.
ECAM is a programming system for CNC lathes and machining centers. He combines features of CAD / CAM systems with typical features of conversational programming. It is not necessary experience with CAD/CAM systems to use this software.
Edgecam is a market leading computer aided manufacturing (CAM) system for NC part programming. With unparalleled ease of use and sophisticated toolpath generation, it’s the only CAM system you’ll need for milling, turning and mill-turn machining.
Mastercam is the most widely used CAM software worldwide* and remains the program of choice among CNC programmers. Mastercam Mill is the next generation of our popular program, delivering the most comprehensive milling package with powerful new toolpaths and techniques.