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3D CAM software for 3-/4-/5-axis STL file machining.

You want to CNC machine a 3D model but do not know how?
DeskProto can help!

DeskProto offers "3D CNC machining for non-machinists".

You can test if this works for you using the free trial version, which is fully functional for 30 days.
DeskProto screenshot
Screenshot of the DeskProto CAM software, showing continuous rotation toolpaths using a 4th axis.


We have developed DeskProto to offer CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) to users with a different (non-CAM) profession. Like a designer needing a prototype, a jeweler needing a wax-model, a medic needing a brace, etc. DeskProto will quickly calculate toolpaths to be sent to a CNC milling machine. It's key feature is ease-of-use, even for the most complex geometry. Novice users follow the wizard interface, experienced users can also directly change any setting (dual user interface).

DeskProto offers a complete set of tools: 3D machining, 2D machining and bitmap machining, all in one program, for a very low price ! DeskProto can be combined with any 3D design program (CAD) and with any CNC milling machine. The DeskProto Multi-Axis edition includes complete rotation axis support.

How does it work

Starting point for DeskProto is an STL-file (3D). This file type is standard for all types of 3D Printing, and contains a geometry-description in the form of small triangles. Any current 3D CAD-system is able to write this type of file. For 2D both DXF-files end EPS/AI file can be imported, and for bitmap most formats are supported.

DeskProto reads the file and displays its contents. At this point it is possible to scale the geometry, translate, rotate etc. After entering some milling parameters (type of cutting tool, required accuracy, etc) DeskProto will calculate the milling paths. No danger for damaging the model: guaranteed gouge-free ! Send the path information to the desktop NC milling machine in your own office, and you will have your prototype ready: within a few hours !

DeskProto combines well with any 3D CAD software, and with any CNC milling machine.

Application areas

Current users show a wide variety of applications, including:
  • Industrial designers
  • Jewelers
  • Woodworkers
  • Medical professionals
  • Schools
  • Hobbyists
For great examples of these and other applications see the Gallery of example projects.

More information

See our software website:
The website features much more information on DeskProto, including Video Tutorials, a free Trial version, PDF manuals, Example projects, Prices, a Dealer list, a Webshop, and much more.