3D Core Concepts & Features

In this section we start to look at the modeling tools in Aspire. The first video gives you a basic introduction to the concepts involved and then there are a selection of examples designed to show you the many ways the modeling tools can be used and combined to create different shaped parts. Over the course of the videos we also look at some of the vector creation techniques used when modeling and cover the typical process for toolpath creation on a 3D job and combining a 3D model with 2D and 2.5D toolpaths.


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E01E01 - Introduction to Modeling in Aspire

This video is a slide-show introduction to important concepts that apply when creating 3D models in Aspire. It looks at the fundamental way a model is represented in the software and how this affects the way the software is used to make a 3D form.

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E02E02 - Fleur de Lis

This example uses the Create Shape, Two Rail Sweep and Extrude tool to create a decorative flourish from pre-drawn vectors. In the machining section the model height is scaled, then 3D Rough, 3D Finish and a 2D Profile Cut-Out toolpath are calculated using an outline vector fitted to the part.

Modeling (23:22): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (15:54): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

E03E03 - Lioness

This example looks briefly at vector editing then shows creating simple rounded shapes to create the basic lioness form. These components are tilted before smoothing and sculpting to create the final model. In the second part of the tutorial toolpaths are created on the model to machine it and cut it out.

Modeling (41:32): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (15:09): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

E04E04 - Trout

In this video we look at using an image of a fish to create a 3D component texture to add to shapes created using the modeling tools. The same image is used to layout the vectors to model the basic form which is then combined with the 3D texture component to make the finished model.

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E05E05 - Leaf Branch

This example starts by discussing the way the vectors were created. These are used to model individual components (the leaf and acorn) in separate sessions of the software before combining them, copying and editing to create all the components for the design. Finally they are sculpted together and the finished part is mirrored to complete the model.

This video is only available on the Aspire Installation disk once the software is purchased.

E06E06 - Lily Moulding

In the first section the drawing and editing tools are used to create the vectors. Next we look at modeling a single section of the molding and creating a smooth underlying shape to allow one component to smoothly sit on top of another. In the final section we duplicate the short piece to make a longer section of molding.

Vector Design (18:16): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Modeling (21:22): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Assembly (13:30): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

E07E07 - Chinese Dragon

This video covers importing the Chinese Dragon clipart model that comes with Aspire, splitting it into pieces using vector boundaries, re-arranging the pieces and then joining them back together by tilting and sculpting the components.

This video is only available on the Aspire Installation disk once the software is purchased.

E08E08 - Theatre Mask

This tutorial has three sections which cover vector creation from a scanned image followed by creating a model from the vectors and finally combining this with another model and creating toolpaths to machine that part. This looks at some key drawing and modeling techniques as well how to combine models. It also covers adding draft to a 3D model.

This video is only available on the Aspire Installation disk once the software is purchased.

E09E09 - Coffee Sign

In the first videos a combination of the vector drawing and editing tools are used to create the sign layout. In the second the components for the sign are modeled, including using an image to make a 3D texture. In the final section the 2D and 3D toolpaths are created to allow the sign to be carved on a CNC.

Vector Design (24:38) Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device Modeling (25:33) Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device Toolpath Creation (16:36) Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

E10E10 - Banners

The first video shows how to draw the vectors you need to model a banner. The second video shows you to create the model using the Two Rail Sweep tool, cropping the components back to outline vectors. The model is sculpted to finish it. This technique would also apply to flags, ribbons and linen fold panels.

This video is only available on the Aspire Installation disk once the software is purchased.

E11E11 - Weaves

In the first section the drawing and editing tools are used to create the vectors. Next we look at modeling a single section of the molding and creating a smooth underlying shape to allow one component to smoothly sit on top of another. In the final section we duplicate the short piece to make a longer section of molding.

This video is only available on the Aspire Installation disk once the software is purchased.

E12E12 - Borders

The first video shows how to draw vectors and create components that will be used to create the repeating rope and chain borders. In the second video the options in the Extrude and Weave tool for creating the repeating border are shown, including a variation to weave a knot using the rope link shape.

This video is only available on the Aspire Installation disk once the software is purchased.

E13E13 - Lakeside Cabin Sign

This example starts with the Shell sign created in the Getting Started Tutorial. This is edited to create a variation on the design. First the job is scaled up and the components and vectors re-sized. Then the 3D model is changed, text edited, banner shape and text distorted and finally a 3D texture created from an image for the background. Once the edit is complete the toolpaths are recalculated based on the edited components and vectors.

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