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VCarve Pro or something else?

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

    bubba Well-Known
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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

    David the swarfer OpenBuilds Team
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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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