Thanks Phil,I use the current version of Vcarve Pro, love it, easy to learn, lots of video from vectric on how to's, great support. If you need more than Vcarve, Aspire covers about everything that a small shop cnc can do.
I use Vectric Aspire. The VCarve version will do 3D carvings you import, but is limited in 3D creation/design. What do you mean by "3D contouring" as there are disagreements as to what 3D means in the CNC world.Thanks Phil,
Ill be using the vcarve version. I recently bought a Laguna CNC Turner. Are you using it for full 3D or 2.5D? Will it even do full 3D contouring? Im thinking it wont.
when I say 3D contouring, I mean a true 3 axis simultaneous cut motion. Not a waterline Z move.I use Vectric Aspire. The VCarve version will do 3D carvings you import, but is limited in 3D creation/design. What do you mean by "3D contouring" as there are disagreements as to what 3D means in the CNC world.
If you watch videos on the vectric site that feature aspire with the 3D modeling, then watch the same kinds of things in vcarve, you'll see the limitations in vcarve. You cannot create the full 3D model in vcarve like you can in apire. That, to me, is the major difference, but so far I've not gone that far in my cnc work. I do some 3D stuff, but not enough to jump $1300 for aspire over the vcarve price. For those that do a lot of 3D, the price is well worth what the software will do. The 3D model is like doing smooth transitions such as a model of an animal or face... not flat work where you're doing flat lines and only carving into the material where the lines are. Best to see the videos on vectric site for the best explanation, at least how I can explain it.when I say 3D contouring, I mean a true 3 axis simultaneous cut motion. Not a waterline Z move.
Thanks Stuart, Im more concerned with CAM capabilities. I use Creo Parametric (previously known as Pro/Engineer) for the past 27 years full time. That amounts to over 50,000 hours....Chris, I use VCarve Pro and really like it. It is straight forward, easy to learn, and there are lots of good quality tutorials on Youtube. I continue to be surprised at how much they pack into it for the money.
Aspire is kind of a medium tier 3D system. It was really designed for low relief sign carving so it excels at those tasks - but don't look to it for really in depth modeling.
I am currently training with Autodesk on Fusion 360 with the Shopbot development team and I am really impressed with it as a CAD/CAM system for swoopy lumpy shapes (3D modeling). AD made the full version free from the very beginning, and they are keeping it free for personal use - which is really awesome. In other words, learn it/master it/use it for any amount of time and if/when you want to put into use for a business, then you can buy the commercial license. It is a hardcore modeling system with development and support at the same depth as the venerable AutoCAD - so there is a learning curve but there is serious horsepower under the hood.
totally understand that! I used Cabinet Ware (later 'Vision') on a Stiles built Northwood 5 x 10'. I miss the machine but not the software. I am really liking where Fusion is taking me, and the CAM side is just as comprehensive as the CAD side.Thanks Stuart, Im more concerned with CAM capabilities. I use Creo Parametric (previously known as Pro/Engineer) for the past 27 years full time. That amounts to over 50,000 hours....