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 for creating cut-out parts, V-Carved lettering, drilling, textures and other important features that are the main-stay for most CNC users. The skills shown in these videos will be fundamental to working with the software regardless of your main application.


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C01C01 - Rocket Nameplate

This example has two sections; the first shows how to create a new job and draw the vectors for a curved nameplate. The second video takes this design and uses it to create Pocket, Texture, Drilling and Profile Toolpath.

Vector Design (15:08): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (16:10): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

C02C02 - 3 Legged Table

Shows the process for importing a DXF (vector) file and editing it to add dog-bone fillets for assembly. These shapes are then nested to create multiple copies on separate sheets. In the second video Profile toolpaths are calculated to cut the parts out and techniques shown to edit the pass depths, add ramping and adjust the toolpath ordering.

Edit Vectors (24:32): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (20:42): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

C03C03 - Vectric Widget

The first part of this video covered drawing a part using many of the vector creation and editing tools. In the second the Layers are used to organize the vector data and associate toolpaths with the items on each Layer. Finally the nesting is used to make multiple copies of the parts and recalculate the toolpaths automatically taking advantage of the layer association.

Vector Design (29:44): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (41:19): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

C04C04 - Five Star Coffee Sign

The first section covers drawing a sign layout using a number of the vector creation tools. In the Toolpath videos there is a brief discussion of how to get good results with V-Carving. Then toolpaths are calculated and options shown to preview them with different colors. At the end the drawing of dimensions on a part is also demonstrated.

Edit Vectors (33:24): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (21:11): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

C05C05 - US Buckle Photo

The first videos starts with importing an image then shows how to use the guidelines to create snap points to help draw good quality, accurate vectors over the image. The node editing is used extensively to edit the vectors. The toolpath section looks at the calculation of Inlay toolpaths to allow parts that would be cut separately to fit together.

Vector Design (26:42): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (21:45): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

C06C06 - Howling Wolf Sign

This example takes a pre-drawn sign design showing how to open the file and setting up the job to fit this. A large selection of toolpath strategies are used in this example including; using two tools to clear out a pocket, V-Carving with two tools, prism carving and profiling for cut-outs. When saving the toolpaths the technique for appending those that use the same tool is shown.

Toolpath Creation (31:18): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

C07C07 - Gothic Quatrefoils

This is an in depth drawing and toolpaths example covering a lot of different techniques for creating a decorative part. The first part of the tutorial shows the technique to draw the layout for the part. These are constructed from simple vectors but show how these can be positioned, copied, arrayed and welded together to make more complex outlines. In the toolpath section Pocket, Profile and Vcarve toolpaths are calculated using different depths and tool geometry to create a "3D" effect from 2.5D toolpaths.

Vector Design (26:39): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (39:28): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device

 

C08C08 - Raised Panel Door

The first part of tutorials shows how to draw the outline shape for a raised panel door using the snap grid and imported 2D clipart. The Toolpath video shows the process for creating a V-carve toolpath for the graphic on the panel then how to define a specially shaped "Form" tool in the tool database (to create the edge profile on the panel) and finally calculating a profile toolpath to cutout the panel.

Vector Design (18:10): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device  Toolpath Creation (19:56): Play Tutorial Download Tutorial Watch on Mobile Device