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Offline drewactual

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cnc with vCarve
« on: February 08, 2020, 12:46:08 AM »
(this is as much a demonstration as anything.... )

I really appreciate vCarve software by Vectric when it comes to seeing precisely how a project will be rendered prior to actually cutting it.  below is an image which is a screen shot of a project i did for a friend some time back as a 'dart board badge'.  they made a backing of wine bottle corks, and i think the little badge/dart holder thingy set it off well...

screenshot of the software rendering before cutting:


actual product (with the poly still wet) :


and their final product:

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Re: cnc with vCarve
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2020, 08:28:47 PM »
Nice work, Drew. One of the advantages of V-Carve Pro and Aspire is the preview feature that shows the finished toolpaths in 3d. This is something that really helps show you, and more importantly perhaps, a customer,  how what you have drawn will turn out. With a little creative toolpathing, you can tweak the preview to show more colors and features. For example, if you want the letters to show up gold like the finished plaque, you can simply draw a box around the letters, then create a clearing toolpath with a .001 depth of cut, and choose gold as the toolpath color. The surface of the letters will then show up as gold in the preview. It just depends how much effort one wishes to put into dressing up the preview. A lot of folks have trouble imagining what a drawing will look like in the finished project, and this feature can certainly help a lot with that.

Thanks for sharing the project with us.

Cheers,

Matt
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Matt
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Re: cnc with vCarve
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 09:16:57 PM »
Nice work, Drew. One of the advantages of V-Carve Pro and Aspire is the preview feature that shows the finished toolpaths in 3d. This is something that really helps show you, and more importantly perhaps, a customer,  how what you have drawn will turn out. With a little creative toolpathing, you can tweak the preview to show more colors and features. For example, if you want the letters to show up gold like the finished plaque, you can simply draw a box around the letters, then create a clearing toolpath with a .001 depth of cut, and choose gold as the toolpath color. The surface of the letters will then show up as gold in the preview. It just depends how much effort one wishes to put into dressing up the preview. A lot of folks have trouble imagining what a drawing will look like in the finished project, and this feature can certainly help a lot with that.

Thanks for sharing the project with us.

Cheers,

Matt
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I didn't even consider the colored toolpath... that's BRILLIANT!!! Thanks!!!