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Hey everybody. Hope this winter is treating you well. Now that I've been frozen out of my shop for a while I've been nosing around the net for some new ideas and came across what was probably a more popular art form in the 70s, but is still quite captivating....parametric wall art design (pic below)...which of course led quickly to studying the gorgeous CNC machines that produce these designs and their associated software.

I like the tiling feature the X Carve Pro offers but I haven't read about it being offered on any other CNC machine. What Inventables calls 'tiling' is where you can cut pieces larger than your CNC table by sliding your wood/material through and let it do one section at a time.

1) Is there any way to make the AVID PRO 510 do this tiling function or is this something only Xcarve has right now?

2) V Carve Pro is SO expensive! Is there ANY way to get it cheaper than it's retail price? I've seen where you can get an activation code if you're part of an educational group, so wonder if that could be cheaper. Also, would be nice to be able to split a subscription with someone.

3) I believe I've seen where Fusion 360 was suggested as a good program to use if you're working with parametric designs. Any opinions on this?

4) And last, I'm still searching for the best forum to ask these kinds of CNC and software questions. If there's a more appropriate place than here please do let me know.

Thanks

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Are you Ron Swanson (Camheads) or bradleyheathhays??

Anyways, Avid Pro 510 does not need to do tiling as it would be of 60x120 size.
The tiling feature is more for smaller machines that have projects larger than the bed.
Vcarve is not expsensive in comparison to others. Carveco is another. Enroute is $99/mo.-subscr.
F360 had a plugin I believe, Slicer?, that would set up the parametric stuff. Not sure nowadays.
Yea, you'd have to pay for F360 also and dont forget its cloud based.
 

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I could be wrong, but can't something like this be made by hand? You take a thick slab of wood (or PVC plastic, or foam?) and draw your curved lines. Now you go at the surface with a simple sander or wood carver, and get the shape. Make the curves smooth. Next, you slice the board on a table saw and use spacers to keep them apart. A CNC machine is not needed to make something this simple.

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There are so many ways now a days to create these kind of patterns. Using a physics simulation you can freeze the geometry at any point and take a slice from whatever section you like and then slice as wanted.

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Welcome to the forum, Bradley.
 

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Tiling can be done on most CNC machines.

Some design software can automatically output tiling toolpaths with input by the user for the size of tiles you want and the direction you want to tile the project. You can also do the division of the design file yourself and cut the tiles.

All the design software from Vectric (Cut 2D, VCarve, and Aspire - Desktop and Pro versions) has Tiling Toolpath capability and you can automatically save tiled toolpaths. The Desktop versions will only allow saving 24x24 areas or smaller as a single job but you can design and save larger jobs if you use the Tiling Toolpath.

You can cut tiles on a small machine for a 100' by 100' sign and glue them up. You can also cut signs the width of the work area of your machine and as long as you want them using a blank long enough to make the sign.

If you are looking at an Avid Pro 5x10 it will probably do everything you want to do. How many signs over 10' long do you think you will actually carve? Also if you buy an Avid Pro 5x10 then you will probably want to buy VCarve Pro if you decide to use Vectric software.

You can download Trial versions of their software here: Free Trial Comparision | Vectric

Remember you can start with Cut2D Desktop and upgrade later for the difference in the price between the original and the upgrade so you get the benefit of the price of the original software.
 
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Hey everybody. Hope this winter is treating you well. Now that I've been frozen out of my shop for a while I've been nosing around the net for some new ideas and came across what was probably a more popular art form in the 70s, but is still quite captivating....parametric wall art design (pic below)...which of course led quickly to studying the gorgeous CNC machines that produce these designs and their associated software.

I like the tiling feature the X Carve Pro offers but I haven't read about it being offered on any other CNC machine. What Inventables calls 'tiling' is where you can cut pieces larger than your CNC table by sliding your wood/material through and let it do one section at a time.

1) Is there any way to make the AVID PRO 510 do this tiling function or is this something only Xcarve has right now?

2) V Carve Pro is SO expensive! Is there ANY way to get it cheaper than it's retail price? I've seen where you can get an activation code if you're part of an educational group, so wonder if that could be cheaper. Also, would be nice to be able to split a subscription with someone.

3) I believe I've seen where Fusion 360 was suggested as a good program to use if you're working with parametric designs. Any opinions on this?

4) And last, I'm still searching for the best forum to ask these kinds of CNC and software questions. If there's a more appropriate place than here please do let me know.

Thanks

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Look for Michael Mizlock (spelling?) on YouTube, he just did a video on how to do this very thing in V carve and Aspire.
 
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