"The MakerSpace Edition is a resounding success, and has made me look good for implementing it!" - Andy Romes - The Village Workshop (Northville, MI)

What is VCarve Pro - Makerspace Edition

Vectric’s VCarve Pro is a very powerful, but exceptionally easy to use software solution for people wanting to design and machine parts for a wide variety of CNC machines. However, investing in toolpathing software for members of a Makerspace who don’t own their own CNC machine can be prohibitively expensive. Using the standard software at a Makerspace is possible, but often awkward, restricting the time that can be spent on design and toolpath creation to the time which can be spent at the Makerspace using the software on their computers.

The Makerspace Edition of VCarve Pro is designed to address this problem by allowing Makerspace members to work on their projects at home on their own computer using the free Makerspace Client Edition of VCarve Pro. The Makerspace Client Edition will allow users to design from scratch or import their data from other software packages and includes the ability to both generate and simulate, but not save directly, the toolpaths to drive the CNC. For the final part of the process the user can bring their VCarve Pro files from the Makerspace Client Edition into the Makerspace to save the toolpath using the licensed copy of the Makerspace Edition of VCarve Pro.

On the lower half of this page there is a list of the benefits offered by this special edition for the Makerspace and their members. You can also click on links at the bottom of the page to read a summary of the licensing and to access the Application Form to request a copy of this for your Makerspace. To download a PDF document with a more detailed description of the product and its licensing click the button below.




Benefits of VCarve Pro Makerspace Edition

  • Members will be able to bring their design files in and save their pre-calculated toolpaths ready to cut immediately on the Makerspace's CNC machine, saving time spent at the Makerspace and making it more convenient to work on their parts at home and in their own time.

  • By allowing members to work on their designs at home, the demand on facilities at the Makerspace is reduced, allowing better utilization of the CNC machines for the benefit of all the members.
  • Vectric’s widely acclaimed and well proven online tutorials allow members to familiarize themselves with the design to toolpathing process at their own pace. Members will be productive more quickly and valuable time will be saved to get new members up and running.

  • Vectric’s wide range of free projects for VCarve Pro will be accessible to members, allowing them to gain confidence by starting with extensively tested and popular examples. The Vectric Projects include full step-by-step instructions for all aspects of the projects creation including finishing techniques.

  • Recruiting new members is made easier by being able to show a simple and free solution that the prospective member can try ahead of time and that they will be able to easily use to create impressive projects on the Makerspace CNC. The ability to use and customize the free Vectric projects is a simple but powerful promotional message to engage new users and ensure success early in the process of them learning how to use CNC technology.

"We are using the MakerSpace Edition quite a bit. I am now teaching the third class with it. I had to expand the class time because of all the new features. The members who are new to the Shopbot, as well as some that have been using it for a while really like that they can design at home." - John Haggarty – NextFab  (Philadelphia, PA)


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