While I have yet to start buiding my DIY CNC machine, I have started to learn some design software so that I can use the machine once it gets built. While there are numerous programs out there, I’ve switched almost completely over to Apple right now, so I needed something that would work on my computers.
Rhino is a very well respected design software that is just getting ported over to OS X. Because they are still in the process, they need feedback, and your feedback is worth free trial copies of the software. There are bugs of course, but the price is right, and since I haven’t really picked a software yet, this lets me “try before I buy”. So far I’m still in the tutorials, which although good, are written for the PC version so the menus don’t always seem to match up, but on the whole it is fairly intuitive.
The other cool thing is that they have an App for the iPad that allows you to show your projects on it, even letting you rotate and zoom. I think that could be key in dealing with clients, being always able to show your product to them.