I'm looking into purchasing a CAMaster Stinger III for the university theater scene shop I run. I know that the machine comes with WinCNC and that is used to control the router. If I'm not mistaken the Stinger III comes with VCarve Pro that will create the G-code for WinCNC to follow. I use VectorWorks for all of my drafting, which is done on a Mac. I can export DXF files, which I've done in the past when I've had someone else cut things for me. Can I safely assume that I can draft in VectorWorks, transfer a DXF file to VCarve and then to WinCNC? Would I need another step? Or could I go straight from VectorWorks? I will mainly be cutting plywood and MDF with the occasional piece of acrylic thrown in for variety. It's not an option to stop using VectorWorks. Would another program besides VCarve Pro be more appropriate? I'm hoping to get grant funding to purchase the Stinger so I'm a long ways off from actually buying anything, but want to know how much to ask for in the grant application.
Thanks for your help.