Vectric Software for the Absolute Beginner – Part 16

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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.

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.

Summing Up

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:
http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to click that link up at the top of the page to check out my T-Shirt shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

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Basic Bitmap Tracing and Node Editing – Part 15 – Vectric Software for the Absolute Beginner

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This article accompanies the fifteenth 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. Read More

In this 15th video of the series, I’ll get a bit deeper into Bitmap Tracing within the Vectric software. We’ll import a rather simple color image into VCarve, and I’ll show you how to adjust the number of colors we want to trace in the bitmap. Then we’ll go in and do a little bit of image cleanup using the Node Editing mode. I’ll create a huge mess of everything by offsetting the design in an attempt to create a border for the image. After all of that, we’ll calculate a v-carve toolpath, a beveled profile, a cutout profile, and preview the project.



For the absolute CNC 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 15th video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

I use VCarve Pro version 9.512 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.

Summing Up

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to click that link up at the top of the page to check out my T-Shirt shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

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Basic Bitmap Tracing and Node Editing – Part 14 – Vectric Software for the Absolute Beginner

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This article accompanies the fourteenth 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. Read More

In this 14th video of the series, I’ll demonstrate the basics of Bitmap Tracing within the Vectric software. I’ll give you my suggestions for what type of photo to use for your first few projects, then show you how to import an image into VCarve. I’ll then show you how to trace the bitmap, then we’ll go in and do a little bit of image cleanup. Next I’ll show you how I further edit the tracing using the Node Editing mode. Then we’ll calculate a v-carve toolpath, and preview the project.



For the seasoned veteran

I would ask that you please remember that none of us were born with this info. We didn’t just magically start knowing this stuff. Every one of us had to learn it. So if something seems like it should be common sense to you, remember that the person who taught you thought the same thing.

Also remember that none of us have the same equipment. You may have or have access to a CNC that’s capable of operating way outside the parameters I mention in the video. I ask that you please remember that not everyone does. This series is dedicated to the home hobby CNC beginner who may own a Stepcraft, Shapeoko, or X-Carve CNC, and wants to learn how to use it. You may disagree with some of the numbers I present, but please keep in mind that some of these smaller machines aren’t as rigid as the bigger, more robust machines.

While this series might seem like going back to the basics to some, people who are new to CNC and woodworking in general, and CAD/CAM software in specific, are joining Facebook groups and message forums every day. I frequent a lot of those forums, administrate a few Facebook groups, and am a member of several others. As a result, I’m seeing a lot of posts from beginners who have never done anything in CAD/CAM software, asking questions on some of the very basic tasks involved in using CAD/CAM software.

Also, you probably don’t need a lot of the info contained in this video, or even in this series. But if you decide to check it out, hopefully you’ll pick up a tip or pointer here or there, or at least get some insight into what the absolute beginner wants to learn. Maybe you could start sharing your expertise with others as well. This hobby can never have too many teachers.

For the absolute CNC 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 14th video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

I use VCarve Pro version 9.512 in this video, but all of the information in the video applies to Cut 2D, 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.

Summing Up

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to click that link up at the top of the page to check out my T-Shirt shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

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Text Tips & Tricks – Part 13 – Vectric Software for the Absolute Beginner

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This article accompanies the thirteenth 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. Read More

In this 13th video of the series, I’ll demonstrate several methods of manipulating text within the Vectric software. I compiled several questions I regularly get on the subject of working with text, and show you a number of solutions to common problems. I’ll show you a few things about vertical text and what the little @ symbol before a font’s name means. Next I’ll show you how to create text blocks of a specific size, converting text to curves, and a few other things. Then I’ll design a fun little project that would look good in the shop.



For the seasoned veteran

I would ask that you please remember that none of us were born with this info. We didn’t just magically start knowing this stuff. Every one of us had to learn it. So if something seems like it should be common sense to you, remember that the person who taught you thought the same thing.

Also remember that none of us have the same equipment. You may have or have access to a CNC that’s capable of operating way outside the parameters I mention in the video. I ask that you please remember that not everyone does. This series is dedicated to the home hobby CNC beginner who may own a Stepcraft, Shapeoko, or X-Carve CNC, and wants to learn how to use it. You may disagree with some of the numbers I present, but please keep in mind that some of these smaller machines aren’t as rigid as the bigger, more robust machines.

While this series might seem like going back to the basics to some, people who are new to CNC and woodworking in general, and CAD/CAM software in specific, are joining Facebook groups and message forums every day. I frequent a lot of those forums, administrate a few Facebook groups, and am a member of several others. As a result, I’m seeing a lot of posts from beginners who have never done anything in CAD/CAM software, asking questions on some of the very basic tasks involved in using CAD/CAM software.

Also, you probably don’t need a lot of the info contained in this video, or even in this series. But if you decide to check it out, hopefully you’ll pick up a tip or pointer here or there, or at least get some insight into what the absolute beginner wants to learn. Maybe you could start sharing your expertise with others as well. This hobby can never have too many teachers.

For the absolute CNC 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 13th video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

I use VCarve Pro version 9.512 in this video, but all of the information in the video applies to Cut 2D, 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.

Summing Up

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to click that link up at the top of the page to check out my T-Shirt shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

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Adding and Using a Keyhole Bit – Part 12 – Vectric Software for the Absolute Beginner

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This article accompanies the twelfth 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. Read More

In this 12th video of the series, by request, we’ll get into using a Keyhole Bit in the Vectric software. I’ll show you the information about the bit that I needed to get, then how to enter that info into the tool database. Next I’ll show you how I created the geometry I needed to create a 3/4” long vertical keyhole slot for a project. Then I’ll demonstrate calculating the toolpath from that geometry, previewing the toolpath, and saving the g-code.

From there we’ll move out onto the CNC router, where we’ll load the g-code into Mach3, set the X, Y, and Z zeros on our project, and cut a keyhole.

For the seasoned veteran

I would ask that you please remember that none of us were born with this info. We didn’t just magically start knowing this stuff. Every one of us had to learn it. So if something seems like it should be common sense to you, remember that the person who taught you thought the same thing.

Also remember that none of us have the same equipment. You may have or have access to a CNC that’s capable of operating way outside the parameters I mention in the video. I ask that you please remember that not everyone does. This series is dedicated to the home hobby CNC beginner who may own a Stepcraft, Shapeoko, or X-Carve CNC, and wants to learn how to use it. You may disagree with some of the numbers I present, but please keep in mind that some of these smaller machines aren’t as rigid as the bigger, more robust machines.

While this series might seem like going back to the basics to some, people who are new to CNC and woodworking in general, and CAD/CAM software in specific, are joining Facebook groups and message forums every day. I frequent a lot of those forums, administrate a few Facebook groups, and am a member of several others. As a result, I’m seeing a lot of posts from beginners who have never done anything in CAD/CAM software, asking questions on some of the very basic tasks involved in using CAD/CAM software.

Also, you probably don’t need a lot of the info contained in this video, or even in this series. But if you decide to check it out, hopefully you’ll pick up a tip or pointer here or there, or at least get some insight into what the absolute beginner wants to learn. Maybe you could start sharing your expertise with others as well. This hobby can never have too many teachers.

For the absolute CNC 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 12th video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

I use VCarve Pro version 9.512 in this video, but all of the information in the video applies to Cut 2D, 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.

Summing Up

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to click that link up at the top of the page to check out my T-Shirt shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

 

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Join Vectors Using Layers – Part 11 – Vectric Software for the Absolute Beginner

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This article accompanies the eleventh 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. Read More

While this series might seem like going back to the basics to the seasoned veteran, people who are new to CNC and woodworking in general, and CAD/CAM software in specific, are joining Facebook groups and message forums every day. I frequent a lot of those forums, administrate a few Facebook groups, and am a member of several others. As a result, I’m seeing a lot of posts from beginners who have never done anything in CAD/CAM software, asking questions on some of the very basic tasks involved in using CAD/CAM software.

In this 11th video of the series, we’ll update an older video of mine – using layers to help join open vectors in the Vectric software. I’ll show you how to copy vectors to a new layer, use those layers to trim vectors one way, then another way, to wind up with 2 layers of closed vectors that are ready to toolpath and preview. Along the way, I’ll show you the Layer Manager, how to turn layers on and off, and how to activate each layer so that you’re editing the right vectors.



For the seasoned veteran

I would ask that you please remember that none of us were born with this info. We didn’t just magically start knowing this stuff. Every one of us had to learn it. So if something seems like it should be common sense to you, remember that the person who taught you thought the same thing.

Also remember that none of us have the same equipment. You may have or have access to a CNC that’s capable of operating way outside the parameters I mention in the video. I ask that you please remember that not everyone does. This series is dedicated to the home hobby CNC beginner who may own a Stepcraft, Shapeoko, or X-Carve CNC, and wants to learn how to use it. You may disagree with some of the numbers I present, but please keep in mind that some of these smaller machines aren’t as rigid as the bigger, more robust machines.

Also, you probably don’t need a lot of the info contained in this video, or even in this series. But if you decide to check it out, hopefully you’ll pick up a tip or pointer here or there, or at least get some insight into what the absolute beginner wants to learn. Maybe you could start sharing your expertise with others as well. This hobby can never have too many teachers.

For the absolute CNC 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 11th video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

I use VCarve Pro version 9.511 in this video, but all of the information in the video applies to Cut 2D, 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.

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to click that link up at the top of the page to check out my T-Shirt shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

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V-Carving for the Absolute Beginner – Part 2 – A Simple Text V-Carve Project

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As part of a mini-series within a series, I bring you Part 2 of V-Carving for the Absolute Beginner. In this series, we’ll cover as much as we can on the topic of v-carving, from start to finish. In this article, and the video linked below, we’ll move on to the subject of v-carving text. Read More

what’s it all about?

One of the first projects the new CNCer creates is a v-carved sign. There are several great reasons for this. They’re relatively simple to set up, they’re easy to design and create, the cutting time is usually short, and most people already have an idea for a sign they’d like to create – even before they get a CNC. There’s a lot of instant gratification in v-carving a sign.

In Part 2 of the series, we’ll demonstrate that by designing a simple text sign, calculating the toolpaths, then previewing them in VCarve Pro. We’ll create a simple address number sign that can be carved from just about any material. We’ll talk about the difference between True Type fonts and Single Line fonts, briefly discuss the V-Carve/Engraving toolpath vs the Quick Engrave toolpath, then calculate toolpaths and preview them.

Although I demonstrate the simplest of projects in this video, almost every other text project is done the very same way, and the methods I show you are identical whether you’re using Vectric’s VCarve Desktop, VCarve Pro, or Aspire.

If I’m completely honest, I’m slightly annoyed as well as very pleased with the software developers over at Vectric. V-carving was never really difficult using the Vectric software, but the changes and improvements they’ve made to the text editor in the new Version 9.5 have really made the process easier. Almost to the point that tutorials like mine aren’t needed.



So get on with it!

Well, regardless of that, rather than trying to recap the entire video in text here, I’ll back out of the way and let the video take over. As usual, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them here, beneath this article, or over in the comment section on the YouTube page. If you’d rather not leave a public comment, click the Contact Us link. I read every message I get through that page, and I try to answer every single one.

the fun stuff and the fine print

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to check out my T-Shirt Shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

 

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New Series – V-Carving for the Absolute Beginner – Part 1

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As part of a mini-series within a series, I bring you Part 1 of V-Carving for the Absolute Beginner. In this series, we’ll cover as much as we can on the topic of v-carving, from start to finish. Read More

In this article, and the video linked within, I’ll attempt to explain what v-carving is, how it’s done, and why you’d want to do it in the first place. I’ll also get into a couple of different bits and how to know the difference between them. For those who are interested, there are links to the exact bits I show in the description box of the video. You’ll also find them in the Amazon carousel at the bottom of this article.



What’s it all about?

One of the first projects the new CNCer creates is a v-carved sign. There are several great reasons for this. They’re relatively simple to set up, they’re easy to design and create, the cutting time is usually short, and most people already have an idea for a sign they’d like to create – even before they get a CNC. There’s a lot of instant gratification in v-carving a sign.

There are a few things you’ll need to know before you dive in, however. Let’s start with the v-carving process itself. At its most basic level, v-carving is simply removing material with a v-bit. That may seem simplistic, but that’s really all there is to it.

V-carving adds a faceted sense of depth to a cut that can’t be achieved with a standard end mill or ball nose. A multitude of effects can be achieved with a v-bit that the others just can’t produce. Perhaps the biggest reason for using a v-bit rather than a regular end mill can be described with 2 words – square corners. I’ll explain that further in the video.

I’ll also get into the most common subject I get questions about: How to go about setting the cutting depth in a v-carving toolpath. (Spoiler alert: On most jobs, you don’t set the cutting depth – the software does that for you.)

So get on with it!

So rather than trying to recap the entire video in text here, I’ll back out of the way and let the guy in the video take over. As usual, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them here, beneath this article, or over in the comment section on the YouTube page. If you’d rather not leave a public comment, click the Contact Us link. I read every message I get through that page, and I try to answer every single one.

 

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to check out my T-Shirt Shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

 



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Vectric Software for the Absolute Beginner Part 4

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This article accompanies the 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. Read More

First things first

While this series might seem like going back to the basics to the seasoned veteran, people who are new to CNC in general, and CAD/CAM software in specific, are joining Facebook groups and message forums every day. I frequent a lot of those forums, administrate a few Facebook groups, and am a member of several others. As a result, I’m seeing a lot of posts from beginners who have never done anything in CAD/CAM software, asking questions on some of the very basic tasks involved in using CAD/CAM software.

what’s new?

In this fourth video of the series, I’ll go back into our clock face file that we created in Part 3, and answer a question on resizing. Then I’ll switch over to the Toolpaths tab and demonstrate a few of the options in the Pocket toolpath and Profile toolpath that I kept putting off “for another video.” Among these are Pocket Allowance, Separate Last Pass, Adding Tabs, and Adding Ramps to your toolpath.

Lastly, I’ll demonstrate how to choose the correct Post Processor for your CNC router, save G-Code, then open that g-code to give you a look at the instructions your controller will send to your CNC to cut out the project.



a few thoughts

For the seasoned veteran; I would ask that you please remember that none of us were born with this info. We didn’t just magically start knowing this stuff. Every one of us had to learn it. So if something seems like it should be common sense to you, remember that the person who taught you thought the same thing. No, you probably don’t need a lot of the info contained in this video, or even in this series. But if you decide to check it out, hopefully you’ll pick up a tip or pointer here or there, or at least get some insight into what the absolute beginner wants to learn. Maybe you could start sharing your expertise with others as well. This hobby can never have too many teachers.

For the absolute CNC 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.

get on with it already!

That’s enough jabbering from me. Below is a link to the fourth video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

I use VCarve Pro version 9.015 in this video, but all of the information in the video applies to Cut 2D, 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.

the loose ends

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

Remember to click that link up at the top of the page to check out my T-Shirt shop!

Until next time, take care and have fun!

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Vectric Software for the Absolute Beginner Part 3

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This article accompanies the third 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. Read More

While this series might seem like going back to the basics to the seasoned veteran, people who are new to CNC in general, and CAD/CAM software in specific, are joining Facebook groups and message forums every day. I frequent a lot of those forums, administrate a few Facebook groups, and am a member of several others. As a result, I’m seeing a lot of posts from beginners who have never done anything in CAD/CAM software, asking questions on some of the very basic tasks involved in using CAD/CAM software.

what’s new this week

In this third video of the series, I’m demonstrating vector creation and layout in a different way. Instead of showing how to just draw a circle, we’ll use the Vectric software to design a complete project that’s ready to save g-code and cut. Along the way, we’ll discus drawing circles and rectangles, we’ll discuss creating a circular array of copies, then I’ll demonstrate the Pocket Toolpath.

By the end of this video, the viewer should be able to follow along and create a simple clock face as I demonstrate. While the clock face may be pretty basic, I think it’s a good example of just how simple it is for an absolute beginner to get in and design such a project. It also puts vector creation and layout into perspective by giving the viewer a real-world example that’s easy for most everyone to understand.

Clock face
The Simple Clock Face Project We’ll Be Creating

a word to the cad/cam veterans

For the seasoned veteran; I would ask that you please remember that none of us were born with this info. We didn’t just magically start knowing this stuff. Every one of us had to learn it. So if something seems like it should be common sense to you, remember that the person who taught you thought the same thing. No, you probably don’t need a lot of the info contained in this video, or even in this series. But if you decide to check it out, hopefully you’ll pick up a tip or pointer here or there, or at least get some insight into what the absolute beginner wants to learn. Maybe you could start sharing your expertise with others as well. This hobby can never have too many teachers.

we have you beginners covered

For the absolute CNC 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.



let’s get down to business

That’s enough jabbering from me. Below is a link to the third video in the series that’s geared toward the absolute Vectric software beginner.

I use VCarve Pro version 9.015 in this video, but all of the information in the video applies to Cut 2D, 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.

the fine print

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:

http://www.vectric.com/

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Until next time, take care and have fun!

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