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Postby jpmreno » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:10 pm

i bought Vcarve Pro thinking I had to have it for my Shapeoko XXL. Now I'm finding out I need other software too. How many different software do I need?
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Re: software choices

Postby WillAdams » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:29 pm

You only need Vectric VCarve Pro if there's some specific feature which it has which you're willing to pay for.

The only software you should need is:

- Carbide Create --- this will allow you to draw and modify designs and assign toolpaths, see: and ... tutorials/
- Carbide Motion --- this will allow you to control the machine, jogging it, setting zero relative to the stock, and sending files to it: and ... userguide/

(there's a bit more on the wiki which may be of interest)

You can see how this software fits together in the tutorials:

The usual additions are:

- a vector editor / Bézier curve drawing program --- this is used as a front-end for creating designs more easily and with greater facility than Carbide Create readily affords. The usual choice is Inkscape:
- a CAM program such as Vectric which offers more features than Carbide Create
- a 3D CAD and CAM pair for folks doing full 3D

There's a bit more at: and related pages on the wiki.

If you'd let us know what sort of work you wish to do we could be more help.
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