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Part 22 – Importing CRV Files From Other Sources

This article accompanies the twenty-second 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 video, I’ll demonstrate importing CRV files into the Vectric Software that have come from other sources.
The files I used in making this project came directly from the Vectric Labs Blog. Here’s a link to the project file used in this video:

A lot of us have either downloaded files for VCarve or Aspire that we didn’t create, or have had them sent to us by friends. An example of such files are the Free Monthly Project files you’ll find on the Vectric Ltd website. While these files will load directly into the software quite easily, there are some things that we need to do before we save g-code from these files and start cutting. I’ll go over these items step-by-step.

After we’ve saved g-code files, we’ll go outside to my Gatton CNC, mount a piece of material with the straightedge jig I made in my last video, then cut out the project.


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 22nd video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

I use VCarve Pro version 9.517 in this video, but all of the information in the video applies to VCarve, and Aspire software – both the Desktop and the Pro versions.

As usual, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to comment! If you don’t wish to make a public comment, click this Contact Us link, and submit it to me privately. I read ALL of the messages I get through my website, and I answer as many as humanly possible – unless you’re a spambot. Spambots get blocked – so there.

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.


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!