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Simple & Elegant Vcarving
The Vcarve Suite is a set of tool add-ons for Designer that expands the vcarving capabilities of the software. Vcarving uses the 60° and 90° V-bits to plunge and shape. It includes centerline text, conforming vectors, vector groups, and edit outline.
A V-Bit is required for Vcarving.
BUY 90º V-Bit
BUY 60º V-Bit
V-bits will need a 1/4" Split Collet and 1/4" stop collars are recommended.
The Vector Group tool allows vector drawings to be carved with a V-bit as centerline chip carved effect, or as a pocket group. A pocket group allows you to define a boundary bit for the edge with a chosen depth and then a pocket bit to route the interior region as a vector route.
SELECT CLOSED VECTORS
Select all vectors desired for the design and select the Vector Group icon.
Using the selection options, choose a boundary V-bit to v-carve or define a depth and select a pocket bit make a pocket group.
THE FINISHED EFFECT
The software will render the vector group as you have defined it. That's it, you're ready.
The Centerline Text feature adds an additional Rout Mode in the Text Tool feature. This feature uses the 60° and 90° V-groove bits to follow the center of the letters for a clean engraved, v-cut look. The depth of the centerline is determined by the width of the text selected.
FASTER TEXT CARVING
The Centerline rout mode takes a fraction of the time to carve as in the standard raster mode. In some cases, minutes instead of hours.
CARVE SMALLER TEXT
Carving text in the other modes limit how small you can get with it. Centerline allows for much smaller text for those trickier engraving projects.
The uniquely pleasing aesthetic affect of Centerline compared with the other text modes makes it a dynamic addition to your text carving tools.
Conforming vectors allow for v-bit routing along a carved surface. Without Conforming Vectors, these types of routs can only be made on the flat, top surface of the board.
CHECK THE CONFORM BOX
Select the vector you wish to conform, and check the conform box to apply the effect. You can conform over textures, domes, patterns, and regions.
CONFORM VECTOR TEXT
Any vector rout can be conformed including centerline or outline text.
CONFORM VECTOR ROUTS
It's not limited to just v-carving, but can be used with any of the vector bits.
Designer is equipped with a powerful auto-trace tool called outline pattern, but sometimes you may want to edit those outlines. The edit outline tool converts those outlines into an editable vector. This tool also converts text to editable outlines so they can be used with Vector Groups.
The standard outline pattern produces a great tracing result.
With Edit Outline, Outlines or Text become a node based vector for any editing desired.