Polylines and Smart Snapping
This article accompanies the sixteenth video in a series on my YouTube channel. If you’re not subscribed to my channel, here’s a link. Come on by and check it out. Hopefully you’ll find something you like.
In this 16th video of the series, I’ll take a bit of a step back. A sharp-eyed viewer informed me that I had never covered drawing straight lines or polylines within the Vectric software in any of my videos. Well, after looking them over, I have to admit he was right. So in this video, I’ll do exactly that – and more.
It’s impossible to discuss lines and polylines without talking about some of the Snapping features built into the software. So, I’ll describe them briefly, then demonstrate a few of them – particularly Geometry Snapping, Vector Snapping, and Angle Snapping.
FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER
Don’t stress over any of this. It’s supposed to be fun, remember? You CAN learn this. You CAN do this. It’s not always super easy, but it’s never really super difficult, either. Just like anything else you want to do, there is no replacement for experience – and the only way to get that experience is to practice. Get into your CAD/CAM software, and learn it. Draw in it. Calculate toolpaths. Generate g-code. You don’t’ have to cut anything with it – it’s more important that you learn how to use the software than it is to start making chips.
That’s enough out of me. Below is a link to the 16th video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.
I use VCarve Pro version 9.514 in this video, but all of the information in the video applies to VCarve, and Aspire software – both the Desktop and the Pro versions.
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Remember, beginners – relax, take your time, and enjoy the process. It’s supposed to be fun, remember? You can do this. I’m living proof.
This is not an endorsement, paid or otherwise, of VCarve Pro, Vectric Ltd, or any other software or company. It’s just a demonstration of how I work. For more information on, or to download a free trial of VCarve Pro, visit the Vectric website at:
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Until next time, take care and have fun!