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Part 24 – Join and Group Vectors

This article accompanies the twenty-fourth 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 talk about the difference between joining vectors and grouping them, in preparation for calculating a pocket toolpath, or v-carving them.

I’ve received several questions about open vectors, and grouped vectors lately. There appears to be a bit of confusion concerning the difference between the two.

The file used to demonstrate in this video is not available. I will, however, link all of the videos I have demonstrated the techniques used to create it in the description box of the video page.

A lot of us have had problems closing stubborn vectors, or we think that a vector is closed, when it’s actually in a group. I’ll show you the difference between the two, and how grouping isn’t the same as joining or closing the vector.

I’ll also show you the dreaded “Ignoring Open Vectors” error message, show you how to correct it, and get your toolpaths calculated.


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 24th video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

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

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.


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!