VCarve Pro 7

VCarve Pro 7.5 has a number of enhancements in all areas of the software. On this page you can read a brief summary of the additions and download the "What's New" PDF document which lists all the new features in detail. We have categorized the changes into three headings, Drawing Tools, Toolpath Options and Miscellaneous.

Vectric are pleased to make this a free upgrade for all VCarve Pro customers running version 7.0. To access the new version start a copy of VCarve Pro 7.0, click on the "Help" drop-down menu and then "Check for Updates". Follow the instructions on the screen to update to the latest version of the software. Customers with software up to version 6.5 who are interested in upgrading review the Upgrade Options by clicking the link.

What's New in VCarve Pro 7.5 PDF Document

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Drawing Tools

There are lots very helpful additions to the drawing tools which provide more control over vector creation and improved efficiency when laying out a design, these are:

  • Rotate objects around a user defined center point.
  • This can also be used when copying vectors in a circular array.
  • Fixed nudge distance when hold Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Key (defined in Snap Settings - F4).
  • Ability to move a vector node by a relative distance to its current location.
  • Snap to center, corner and border mid-points of the job area.
  • Create vector boundary from multiple overlapping vectors.
  • Generates a new vector based on the silhouette of selected vectors.
  • Option to create "rubber band" border and specify an offset distance.

A major enhancement for SketchUp users is a new import tool which can help extract and organize 2D data from a file with an SKP extension. A SketchUp file is typically drawn as a full 3D object, for example a cupboard or piece of furniture, the new import tool provides many options to control how the data is imported to help dramatically reduce the time it can take to layout this type of data and get it ready to toolpath. This is explained more fully in the "What's New" PDF.





Toolpath Options

Creating a pocket toolpath on slots or "donut" type pockets which are the same width as the tool would often cause undesirable results in previous versions of the software. This has now been updated to automatically recognize this situation and whenever possible try to machine these parts in a single pass making a more efficient toolpath with a better finish.

The Drilling toolpath has had two options added to it. First you can now specify that the Peck-Drilling raises up a distance above the last pass rather than pulling out of the hole completely. This speeds up some types of drilling operation. There is also the option to create a Dwell at the bottom of each pass. This pauses the movement of the tool at the bottom of each "peck" before retracing by the specified number of seconds. To use this feature your CNC must support this option and you will need to ensure your postprocessor has a section to manage this.





Miscellaneous

The short-cut keys to zoom have been consolidated and had options added to increase their uses. Pressing F or the function key F6 on the keyboard used to zoom to the extents of the job setup area even if there were objects outside of this. In the new version hitting either of these keys will zoom the screen to the extents of all the visible objects in the job. Holding Shift + F/F6 will zoom to the job extents and holding Crtl + F/F6 will zoom so to the extents of any selected objects.




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