VCarve Pro Tutorials

There are over 15 hours of video tutorial that will show you the process, tools and techniques to design and maching parts using VCarve pro. These can be used with the FULL install version and will also work with in the Trial Version of the software (Note: you will not be able to machine the examples in the Trial Version).

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 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.

By clicking the button below you can download a ZIP file that contains 100+ vector outlines for use with VCarve Pro 7 - View PDF Catalog of files. Once downloaded the zip file can be unzipped to create a folder called Clipart that contains a sub-folder called “2D Clipart” that contains the CRV files. This can be located anywhere on your disk but we recommend copying it to the Vectric Files area on your PC. You can read how to access that location in this FAQ:

Click Here to download 2D Clip ArtClick Here to download PDF Catalog of Files

The files in the folder can be imported or opened in VCarve Pro 7.0 and are intended for the use of licensed customers using VCarve Pro 7.0 or higher. It is not permitted for the files to be re-distributed or transferred into other file formats.

VCarve Pro 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.
A07 - Import 3D Data Machinist Calculating a 3D toolpath & combining it with toolpaths created in VCarve Pro

> 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
B01 – VCarve Pro Overview Describes what you can do with VCarve Pro and the general work-flow.
B02 – Guide to the VCarve Pro Interface Detailed guide to the interface, tabs, icons, forms and menus.
B05 – Getting Help Explains the many resources available for training and support.

> 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.

> 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).
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).