# blender to cam?

I want to get into cnc routing my 3d models. I keep hearing Fusion 360 is the tool of choice, and it does look amazing but it's \$300/year. I'm a hobbyist so not in a hurry to spend that kind of money. I have intermediate experience with Cinema 4d v9 but to upgrade to the latest version is \$3500. Crazy. So I found blender which looks really similar to Cinema and it's, well, free. Unbelievably crazy. But what's the path to get Blender models into a CNC router? I'm just getting into this and it's all overwhelming. Fusion has that incredible preview simulator but I kind of doubt anything else does and that looks indispensable. Anyway, any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rob

• I realize this is a slightly older post, maybe you've found this out by now. But Fusion 360 is actually free for students, hobbyists, and small businesses (Autodesk is defining that as making 100,000USD or less a year). – eidylon Apr 4 '18 at 19:50