Upgrading to Cut2D V8 – Important Information

Cut2D V1.5 has been replaced in the Vectric product range by two separate editions; Cut2D Desktop V8 and Cut 2D Pro V8 . The upgrade path from the current version of Cut2D is not necessarily direct so if you plan to upgrade then it’s very important to understand what each of the new editions include so you choose the one that is right for you.

In short, the Desktop Edition is designed for customers with a light-duty CNC machine that is used to cut parts smaller than 24 inches x 24 inches (630mm x 630mm). If you want to cut parts larger than this or wish to use production focused features such as True Shape Nesting or Toolpath Templates then you will need the Pro edition of the software.

You can read a more detailed description of the specific differences between the two editions of the software on the Desktop-Pro Comparison Page  please review this information carefully before enquiring about the upgrade.  

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Click here to download the Trial Version of Cut2D


Cut2D V8 New Features - Desktop & Pro Editions

The functionality of Cut2D has had a major overhaul with the new release, adding a full set of vector drawing tools and increasing the options for the 2D toolpath strategies. While the new version can still easily import a vector design and create 2D toolpaths as before, it can now also act as a full design package and more advanced 2D machining program.

Some highlights of the new version (both editions) include:

  • Full suite of drawing and editing tools - the same as Vectric’s VCarve product
    • Offset, distort, array, fit vector to bitmap, vector texture, interactive trimming, extend, fillet, text on a curve, basic dimensioning etc.
  • Layer Support to help organize vectors
  • Profile Toolpath enhancements
    • Pass depth control, separate last pass, leads, ramps, ordering and corners
  • Pocket Toolpath enhancements
    • Multiple tool pocketing, pocket allowance, vector selection ordering
  • Drilling Toolpath - Retract gap and dwell option
  • Auto Inlay Toolpaths
  • Toolpath vector selection by layer and shape type
  • Toolpath Time Estimates
  • Toolpath Tiling - cut large jobs in smaller pieces
  • Preview Toolpath – Individual toolpath colors and variable speed control

To watch videos showing the new tools in action please take a look at the Cut2D Features Page



Upgrade Entitlement and Pricing

Existing Cut2D customers who purchased the software in the 12 month period previous to the release are entitled to upgrade to Cut2D Desktop for free. To upgrade to Cut2D Pro will cost US$250, this price is for a limited 3 month period and will then increase to US$300.

Existing Cut2D customers who purchased their software more than 12 months before the release date can upgrade to Cut2D Desktop for US$75 or to Cut2D Pro for US$300.

If you want to look at the features available in the new version before you upgrade you can download a FREE trial version of either the Pro or Desktop edition of Cut2D from the Trial Download Page.

If you would like to enquire about upgrading a current version of the program then please visit the Cut2D Upgrade Page to send your license information to our support team.


VCarve Upgrades

If you are considering an upgrade to the latest version of Cut2D you may also want to take a look at Vectric’s VCarve Products - these have the same ease of use and intuitive interface as Cut2D. In addition to the 2D vector drawing and 2D machining they also add the ability to create 2.5D toolpaths such as V-Carving, Prism Carving, Textures and Fluting.  VCarve can also import a 3D model (STL, OBJ, SKP, 3DM etc.) and create 3D toolpaths to combine with the other strategies. This is in addition to allowing importing for multiple pieces of Vectric clipart (V3M file format) to assemble more complex 3D layouts.

You can download a free trial version of either edition of the software from the VCarve Trial Page

When you upgrade to VCarve you get a discount equivalent to the full price of Cut2D at the time you purchased it. Please click this Upgrade to VCarve Enquiry link if you are interested in purchasing the upgrade.


Click here to download Cut2D Trial Software


Click here to Upgrade to Cut2D Desktop or Pro V8


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