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Discussion in 'Other Software' started by jeffmorris, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. jeffmorris

    jeffmorris Veteran
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    I already have VCarve Desktop that has maximum working area of about 2 feet by 2 feet. I updated my CNC Router to my version of LEAD Machine that has working area of about 30 inches by 30 inches. It will cost me $350 to upgrade VCarve Desktop to VCarve Pro. Should I upgrade VCarve or get another program?
     
  2. bubba

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    I have VCarve Desktop as well and although I haven’t tried it yet it is my understanding you can use tiling to do larger pieces as long as your tiles are no larger than 24 x 24.

    Don
     
  3. jeffmorris

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    I know about tiling feature but if not done correctly, the job could be screwed up. What if the job requires two or more bits?
     
  4. David the swarfer

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    Do you do things than need what Vcarve does (ie Vcarving)?

    if not....
    For normal cutting things out of flat sheet you can use Sketchup+SketchUcam or OpenBuilds CAM Gcode Creator - Public Beta . both free, both quite capable of making good cuts.

    If you need 3D cutting then Fusion360 is the thing. Quite a learning curve but enormously capable for 'free' if you are hobbiest or earn less than $100000 a year with it.
     
  5. Giarc

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    If you are just v carving, Fengrave will do whatever size you want for free.
     
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    I am looking at CAM software as well. Free is preferable. Is the VCarve Desktop that you are using now the "Trial" version? The other option I see is $350?
     
  7. DarkPenguin

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    That trial version only lets you try their projects. So $350 to give it a go.
     
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    A bit late to this party. @jeffmorris, what have you learned so far?

    I'm going through a similar process right now. Using sketchucam mostly but it's not really for carving and has a number quirks related to it origins from the phlatcam stuff and, even more so, from the underlying sketchup. Some of it is due to my learning curve as well. Since I am pretty adept at Sketchup, I'll stick with it for some stuff. I want to give Fusion360 a try but for some reason my account isn't letting me. Maybe I'll hear back from the support folks there. I'll also take a look at VCarve but honestly, I would have to use it a lot to pay multi hundred $$. F Engrave seems to work though is pretty bare-bones.

    There are a number of other tools out there. Not enough time to evaluate many of them.

    I think that I will probably wind up using several tools. Sketchup/SketchUCAM for sheet cutting. F Engrave for simple carving. Maybe F360 for more 3D stuff.
     
  9. Gary Caruso

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    If you want Almost Free (free to try then $59 for licence) and super feature packed, then Estlcam is hard to beat!
    estlcam.de

    This is CAM, the drawing part I do with free drawing programs like Draftsight anything that will do DXF.
    Cheers
    Gary
     
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    I found out that VCarve 10.0 is released. Should I upgrade from VCarve Desktop 9.5 to VCarve Desktop 10 for $90 or to VCarve 10 Pro for $350? My CNC router has working area of 30" by 30" or 760 mm by 760 mm.
     
  11. Christian James

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    I thought V carve Desktop had a limit of 24" sq? Or does someone here know if there's a fudge for that. You can download a free trial of Vcarve pro then decide if its good value for you.
     
  12. sharmstr

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    Yep on the 24". You'd need to tile for bigger jobs.

    I know with desktop you cant create gcode with multiple tools. Not sure about Pro but might be worth looking into.
     

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