Aspire Training Material

There are over 30 hours of videos tutorial supplied with the Aspire installation disks.On the website we have a number of these tutorials available to view and work with in the Trial Version of the software.

Using the buttons to the right you can access each individual section of tutorials and videos and files related to them. Some tutorials are split into multiple sections, for example to deal with drawing, modeling and toolpath creation. Also to the right is a button to download a PDF guide to all the tutorials which can be printed if required.

Most of the videos have been designed to provide step-by-step instruction which you can follow along with. You may want to pause the videos while you carry out the steps that are being demonstrated. An ideal setup if you have it is to use two monitors, one to display the software and one for the video – although this is not at all essential.

Not all video numbering is continuous. Videos which do not apply to this product will not be included so there may be gaps in the sequence.

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Aspire Tutorial Index

Click on the title of a tutorial category below to view an index of the training material available for that section.

> Getting Started

These videos are designed to get you up and running with the software, to give you a guide to the typical work-flow for a job and to introduce you to the tools and interface.

Title Description
A01 - Bulls Head 2D design, material and job setup, VCarving & basic vector editing.
A02 - Open Sign Job setup, basic drawing, import vectors, flat-bottom VCarve, profile with tab hold.
A03 - Liberator Logo Vector fitting to an image, smoothing and editing data & VCarve toolpaths.
A04- Importing 3D Clipart Import 3D Clipart, adjust size and position, 3D roughing, 3D finishing & profile.
A05 - Teddy Bear Head Simple 3D modeling, boundary creation, material setup, rough, finish and cut-out.
A06 - Shell Sign 3D Modeling, 3D import, edit components, 3D toolpath creation and cut-out.

> The Basics

Once you have worked through the Getting Started the videos in this section will give you broader overviews of what the software can do.

Title Description
B03 – Aspire Overview Describes what you can do with Aspire and the general work-flow.
B04 – Guide to the Aspire Interface Detailed guide to the interface, tabs, icons, forms and menus.
B05 – Getting Help Explains the many resources available for training and support.
B06 – Guide to the Aspire Clipart Discusses how to get the most from the extensive clip-art supplied with Aspire.

> 2D-2.5D Core Concepts & features

This section has a set of 2D and 2.5D example parts which will expose you to the majority of the vector drawing and editing tools and how to use this data to calculate the standard toolpaths.

Title Description
C01 - Rocket Nameplate Basic drawing and text layout with pocket, texture, drilling & profile toolpaths.
C02 - 3 Legged Table Importing vectors (DXF), dog-bone fillets, nesting & profile toolpath explanation.
C03 - Vectric Widget Detailed vector drawing, layer management, toolpath association & nesting.
C04 - Five Star Coffee Sign Detailed vector drawing, VCarve explanation, toolpath creation & dimensioning.
C05 - US Buckle Photo Importing an image with manual vector drawing over the image – Inlay toolpaths.
C06 - Howling Wolf Sign Import vectors, two-tool pocket, VCarve, prism carve, profiling toolpaths.
C07 - Gothic Quatrefoils Detailed vector drawing, pocket, profile, v-carve toolpaths for 3D effects.
C08 - Raised Panel Door Draw door outline, snap-grid, import 2D clip-art, “Form” tool for edge profile creation.

> 2D-2.5D Techniques

This section continues to work with the drawing and 2D and 2.5D toolpath functions but focuses on specific techniques.

Title Description
D01 - Working with Imported Vectors Three ways to import vectors and troubleshooting import issues.
D02 - Toolpath Tiling How to cut divide toolpaths which are too large to cut on your material or machine.
D04 - Importing PhotoVCarve Toolpaths Creating and importing a PhotoVCarve toolpath.
D05 - Working with Nested Cabinet Files Import DXF vectors, toolpath association with layers, toolpath template and nesting.
D06 - Rotary Job Setup and Machining Using the specialty gadgets for rotary job setup, fluting, spirals and material sizing.
D07 - VCarve Inlay Technique Specialist technique to create very sharp inlays using VCarved toolpaths.
D08 - Two Sided Machining Basic process for two sided machining – flipping the part between toolpaths.

> 3D Core Concepts & Features

In this section we start to look at the modeling tools in Aspire, from concepts involved through to demonstrating the ways that modelling can be used to create different shaped parts and more.

Title Description
E01 - Introduction to Modeling in Aspire Slide-show overview of important concepts when creating 3D models in Aspire.
E02 - Fleur de Lis Create shape, 2-rail sweep and extrude for 3D model & then toolpath creation.
E03 - Lioness Vector editing, create shape 3D modeling, 3D edits & Sculpting + Toolpaths.
E04 - Trout Using an image to make a 3D texture to add detail to modeled 3D components.
E05 - Leaf Branch 3D modeling of sub-assemblies, combining and editing components & sculpting.
E06 – Lily Molding Vector drawing, modeling an underlying shape to layer parts & repeating sections.
E07 - Chinese Dragon Importing clip-art, splitting a 3D model, editing and re-combining 3D shapes.
E08 – Theatre Mask Vectors from an image, 3D modeling and sculpting, combining models & add draft.
E09 - Coffee Sign Vector drawing, 3D modeling, 3D textures, combined 2D, 2.5D and 3D toolpaths.
E10 - Banners Drawing vectors and 3D modeling for banners (flags, linen-fold, ribbons etc.).
E11 - Weaves Drawing weave vectors & using the weave function in the extrude 3D modeling tool.
E12 - Borders Drawing and modeling repeating rope and chain border 3D models.
E13 - Lakeside Cabin Sign Editing the 2D and 3D elements of an existing job and re-calculating toolpaths.

> 3D Techniques

These videos cover more specific uses of the 3D parts of Aspire; such as creating a recessed shape, slicing a thick model, lithophanes, 3D rotary model & machining, projecting 2D toolpaths onto 3D surfaces and more.

Title Description
F01 - Dished recess for a 3D model How to place a 3D model completely within a dished recessed shape.
F02 - Carved edge recess for a 3D model How to place a 3D model in a recess with a faux-hand carved edge.
F03 - Import/Export 3D data from Aspire Importing 3D data (STL) to make 3D components & options for 3D export.
F04 - Creating Lithophanes with Aspire Step by step guide to making Lithophanes with Aspire.
F05 – Two Sided Machining How to setup and toolpath a 3D part for 2-sided machining.
F06 - Slicing a 3D Model - Shark Importing a 3D file, Z-slicing the model & nesting components + toolpaths.
F07 - 3D Rotary Detailed explanation of creating and modeling wrapped 3d parts.
F08 - Rosette - Project 2D toolpath onto 3D Simple modeling example and how to project 2D/2.5D toolpaths onto a 3D model.
F09 - Book – Distorting text and project toolpaths onto model Distorting vectors, creation of toolpaths projected onto the 3D model.
F10 - Round Window Detailed look at 2-rail sweep, machining planes, 2D and 3D combined toolpaths.
F11- Tiling 3D Toolpaths How to divide 3D toolpaths if they are too large to cut on your material/CNC.
F12 – Rest Machining How to isolate and efficiently machine 3D parts not cut with larger tools.
F13 - Advanced 3D Modeling Concepts Detailed look at 3D modeling concepts and techniques for intermediate modelers.
F14 – 3D Unwrap & Toolpath - Rotary Axis How to import and un-wrap a 3D model so it can be toolpathed for rotary output.

> Feature Reference Videos

This section has detailed videos on specific tools or topics to show all the options available within these particular features.

Title Description
G01 - Text Creation and Editing Details look at text options, single line fonts, text on a curve and distortion.
G02 - Layer Management In depth look at how to use layers and powerful ways then can help organise work.
G03 - Nesting True-shape nesting for optimized material use including multiple sheet creation.
G04 – Plate Production Import data from an imported file to populate a design template (name badges).
G05 - Create Shape Examines all the options available in the create shape modeling function.
G06 – Two Rail Sweep Detailed guide to all the ways to use the 2-rail sweep modeling tool.
G07 – Extrude & Weave Complete overview of the extrude and weave modeling tool and how to use it.
G09 – Profile Toolpath Highly detailed examination of the 2D profile toolpath and its many options.
G10 – Quick Engraving Toolpath Creating a toolpath to etch/ mark a part using a diamond drag or floating head tool.
G11 – Fluting Toolpath Two examples showing ways the powerful fluting toolpaths can be used.
G12 – Inlay Toolpaths Using the auto-inlay toolpath to make accurate straight and stepped inlayed parts.
G13 – Toolpath Admin - Time Estimates Shows how you can view, analyze and edit calculated toolpaths.
G14 – Tool Database – Form Tools Managing and editing your library of tools & creating specially shaped “form” tools.
G15 – Preview Toolpath Demonstrates all the options available for customizing the 3D toolpath preview.
G16 – Save Toolpath Options How to save single and multiple toolpaths along with tool-changer output.
G18 – Application Data Folder Locating, modifying and extending resources (preview materials, tool d-base, posts).
G19 – Component Tree Detailed description of how the component tree works to manage 3D models.
G20 – Celtic Weave Creator Gadget Covers special gadget to create the vector paths for Celtic weaves.