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does anyone have step by step instructions for v carve
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Download the free trial or watch the videos on the site which will show step by step on how to use there software.

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Mike brought up a key point earlier in this post, the pricing. And then, you have to understand what you get with the lower priced options.

I downloaded the demo version of Cut-2D from Vectric. It was inexpensive at $150. Using the demo I found it had a lot of good features, but you were restricted in that package to closed vectors. What that means is if you want to CNC a series of unconnected lines, it is not possible unless you make them extremely small rectangles. Think about making a ruler with lines every certain distance, you would have to make each line a rectangle and slightly wider than your cutting tool.

V-Carve Pro is well respected for 2-D signs at $600, while the best CAD/CAM at Vectic is Aspire for $2,000. If you read the Aspire information it dwells on 3D relief from 2D sketches. The gallery of pictures only show signs and carvings. There is no information on if you wanted to actually design a mechanism with interfacing parts.

I would love to have V-Carve or Aspire, but I don't do what they are best at. It wouldn't make money sense for me. To really do those carvings you need a CNC with spindle and very high movement rate. Read a bit on how many hours some of the 3-D carvings take to cut.

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I believe there are many videos for Vcarve Pro on the vectric website. You will also receive them on a disc if you purchase it.

Did you download the trial version?


We use Aspire 3.5 and its really great piece of software, and getting better with about 2 major upgrades per year.
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I am currently using "Vectric Aspire". Not only is the price reasonable but it allows me to design and mill in 3D. Costs about $2,000.00. Best money I ever spent.
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I am currently using "Vectric Aspire". Not only is the price reasonable but it allows me to design and mill in 3D. Costs about $2,000.00. Best money I ever spent.
Have you designed anything in the CAD side from scratch where mating parts needed to fit together?

I didn't download the demo to try it, but the site information didn't say anything about being able to draw a gear, cut slots, repetitive drilling, pocket mill, nest or dimensional accuracy. All the focus and the gallery were on 3D Art and signs.

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As said in this thread look at what your budget is, look at what you want to carve.
almost every software has a free trial some are limited from the full blown software some are not.
I download a few so far and followed there tutorials video and written. you will get hundreds of different answers on this kinda like buying a car test them out and see what you like best. I believe the shark pro you want to purchase comes with Vetric Vcarve pro 5 and it is a very good software and will do most things with the exception of 3D also look at what kind of support is offered with the software. Any of the Vetric software is fairly easy to use they all will have a learning curve hope this helps..

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Cut2D is Vectrics entry level and was design to import and cam 2D vectors. Before release they added basic drawing tools. The biggest draw back with the drawing tools is there is no line line to. To create a line you need to drawl a box and remove 3 sides of the box. Then using the node editing tools you can move and manipulate the line where you need it to be.
There are a few guys cutting gears for clocks and scaled cars for electric trains using Cut2D.

SteveMI you are correct that you need to draw small rectangles/boxs to run a toolpath down a line. ( I haven't checked in the last couple years to see if this has changed)

Vcarve Pro and Aspire both have the same 2D drawing tools along with the same 2D toolpathing options.
Vectric also has made sure they keep the user interface simple and easy to use.
Very easy learning curve
Everything about the drawing / toolpathing tools are well documented in the help and video tutorials.
Forum members won't let your questions go unanswered along with the support of the Staff at Vectric.
I've been using Vectric software since 2005. Good Stuff.

But as posted earlier, it all depends on the Users needs are. All software has Demos, Some time limited some are not.
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with bob cad do you need to buy updates or newer versions periodically ?
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Have you designed anything in the CAD side from scratch where mating parts needed to fit together?

I didn't download the demo to try it, but the site information didn't say anything about being able to draw a gear, cut slots, repetitive drilling, pocket mill, nest or dimensional accuracy. All the focus and the gallery were on 3D Art and signs.

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Actually yes. Simple 2D stuff but complex none the less and it turned out great! The main thing is to ensure that your CNC router is fine tuned so when you are telling it that it needs to move an inch on the X,Y, or Z axis that it moves exactly an inch. The softwrae (Vectric Aspire) is awesome! in addition, whenever they have majore updates they always allow you to update for free.
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