VCarve Desktop provides a powerful but intuitive software solution for cutting parts on a CNC Router. There are tools for 2D design and calculation of 2D and 2.5D toolpaths and along with the ability to import and toolpath a single 3D model (STL, OBJ, SKP etc.). There is also support to import multiple Vectric Clip Art 3D models (V3M).
The software can import 2D designs but also provides a full set of drawing and editing tools. The toolpath options cover all typical 2D routing operations such as profiling, pocketing, auto-inlays and drilling as well as 2.5D strategies such as v-carving, prism carving, molding toolpaths, fluting and even a decorative texturing strategy.
The emphasis on ease of use not only includes the interface and work-flow of the software but has also been carried through into the training materials. VCarve Pro has over 30 hours of tutorials available based on real-world examples that cover all aspects of using the program. The videos are accompanied by the associated files that allow users to watch and work through the training materials at their own pace.
Many of the vector editing tools which can be used on 2D data in VCarve can also be used to edit 3D Components. Shapes can be easily scaled, moved, mirrored and grouped. VCarve also allows you to smooth a 3D object. The software also has a tool to Z-slice a part to create separate models if your CNC size, tooling or material limits the depth of part you can cut.
Many of the dynamic component editing tools can be accessed directly from the 3D View. This allows 3D objects to be moved, scaled and rotated. In addition how they combine with other shapes can be adjusted along with their height and evening adding a tilt or fade. Editing the components in the 3D View makes it quick and easy to see the immediate effect of the changes to the Composite Model and so reduce the time it takes to create a 3D layout.
Import a single 3D Mesh file created in other CAD software such as, Rhino, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Silo, MOI, Blender, SketchUp etc. STL, 3D DXF, OBJ, 3DS, VRML, 3DM, SKP file formats Interactively change the size and orientation of imported 3D models. Interactively rotate 3D mesh files into the required orientation for adding to a design. Instantly convert designs from raised models to recessed mold cavities. Easy to use interactive drag and drop, size, mirror and rotate tools allow 3D clipart designs to be edited to instantly produce unlimited design variations.
This adds the ability to create double-sided projects in the same session. It avoids the need to have two sessions, one for each side. In the job setup dialog, you can pick whether you want to create a single-sided or a double-sided job. You can change that, retrospectively.
Define how you want to flip the material for double-sided projects from the job setup dialog. This influences the positioning of the vectors and models so that geometry on each side is created in the appropriate positions relative to the opposite side.
Enables the use of a rotary axis (also called a 4th axis or indexer). Where you can create rotary projects and visualize your job in a wrapped environment, with the ability to create and simulate the toolpaths in an auto - wrapped simulation. In the Job Setup dialog, you can pick whether you want to create a single-sided, double-sided job or a Rotary Job. You can change that, retrospectively. Define your cylinder dimensions, the orientation of the job, how the 2D view will be laid out, and which axis we're wrapping around.
The software has a comprehensive set of drawing tools to let you easily create vectors from scratch or add to imported data. These include options for creating standard shapes (circle, ellipse, rectangle, polygon and star) along with line, curve and arc drawing tools. These tools can be controlled using typed input to create exact sized objects or can be used dynamically with the mouse to sketch your artwork. The tools also take advantage of the 'snapping' to let you use points on existing objects to 'snap' onto when you are drawing vectors.
With the ability import bitmaps into the software, you can further edit imported images using the Edit Picture tool, this allows you to adjust the visual properties of a selected bitmap, enabling you to adjust the contrast, brightness and gamma of any selected image. Borders of different sizes and radii can also be added to bitmaps for aesthetic purposes. Bitmaps can also be made black and white. The software also has the ability to crop images to any given vector allowing you to remove parts of the image you are not interested in.
Image Tracing also known as Vectorization allows you to take an imported image such as a scanned drawing, graphic design or photo and to convert colors in that to vector outlines. These outlines can then be used as part of your design to create toolpaths or combine with other 2D vector data.
The Advanced Text Tools let you access True Type or Open Type fonts on your PC to create text outlines for your design. In addition, the software comes with a selection of specialist Single Stroke / Stick Engraving Fonts for efficient machining when making things like badges or small signs. When creating text you are able to see live feedback of the text that you create and edit. The text can be controlled using automatic sizing and layout options.
This short video by our resident CNC expert, Joe, covers the process of adding a post processor to Cut2D Pro by Vectric. A post processor lets Vectric know how to break down a drawing or schematic into gcode for the CNC to understand.
This process is the same for any post processor but in this video Joe explains how to install the post processor for Easel, Inventables' carving software.