What's New in V10.5?
Upgrade today to version 10.5 and push the boundaries of your imagination with the new features, some of which include; enhancements to the way that we draw and edit vectors, the introduction of two new modelling shape profiles, as well as new thread milling and chamfer toolpaths, batch toolpath saving and much more.
Here you will find everything you need to know about how Aspire has evolved through the past iterations and also everything included in the latest release - version 10.5!
To upgrade your software from a previous version or to Aspire from one of our other products (Cut2D or VCarve), simply click on the ‘Upgrade to V10.5’ button below to be redirected to your V&CO customer portal. Once you've logged in, follow the instructions within your account to upgrade your software.
Shape Creation: New Profiles
We have added in two new shape profiles to increase the profile selection available.
Thread Milling Toolpath
Machine internal and external threads for standard and custom sized bolts in a variety of materials.
The chamfer toolpath easily creates chamfers using v-bits or ball nose tools.
The pocket toolpath and the female inlay pocket toolpath now support multiple clearance tools.
Click on the versions below to find out what new features have been added
V10.5 is a FREE Upgrade for all V10.0 Customers
You can interactively snip overlapping vectors by simply dragging your mouse along the intersections you want to remove! This means you no longer have to click on each individual span, making the process much smoother where you will be done trimming in no time!
Improved Polyline Tool
We have improved the way in which the 'draw polyline' tool works, where you now have the added option to draw in bezier spans interactively, allowing the overall drawing process to be done much more efficiently.
Dynamic setting of Rectangle Corner Radii in the 2D View
The way we create radiused internal and external corners has been vastly improved to allow you to dynamically set the radii of the corners in the 2D view, allowing you to visually set the radius of the external or internal corners.
Improvements to Sharp Corner Offsetting
We've made improvements to the way that we handle sharp corners when we offset vectors to give results which are more correct and visually pleasing.
Improved Level Clipping Workflow
Where level clipping is concerned we have made some improvements to the overall workflow. It is now much easier to adjust your clipping boundary and change how your model is clipped. We have added three options allowing you to "apply", "update" and "remove" a clipping effect making it more intuitive and much easier to update changes to your clipped vector boundary.
Two Sided Machining: Copy to the other side in 3D View
When working with 3D items in a double sided job, you can now copy and move components to the other side directly from within the 3D view, ensuring a much quicker workflow.
Shape Creation: New Profiles
We have added in two new shape profiles to increase the profile selection available. With the option to create a concave profile and an "s"-shaped smooth profile. Both of these profiles make for the easy creation of dishes or raised shields in conjunction with the limit to height option.
Shape Creation: Blend Mode
We have added a new final height option from within the create shape form, this option is called "blend to inner vectors". This new option enables you to create a shape where the selected profile blends from the outer contour to the inner contour where it's closed off with a flat surface at a height that you specify in the form. This allows for the creation of some really interesting shapes at the click of a button!
Thread Milling Toolpath
We’ve introduced a brand new toolpath to our selection, this is the thread milling toolpath. This toolpath enables you to machine holes for standard size screws in metals and acrylics, and is also useful for the creation of decorative wood fasteners.
The thread milling toolpath has the option to create both internal and external threads, for example if you wanted to create a cavity to screw something into or if you wanted to create an exterior thread on something like a bolt!
In this release we have introduced a brand new toolpath: The chamfer toolpath. This toolpath allows you to easily create chamfers using v-bits or ball nose tools to create decorative edges and is also a great way to create counter-sunk holes.
The pocket toolpath and the female Inlay pocket toolpath now support multiple clearance tools for more efficient area clearance. Using multiple tools means that you can use a much larger clearance tool for clearing moderately large areas as well as progressively smaller tools to remove smaller areas making this process as efficient as possible.
The largest tool in the list will always display first and will remove as much material as it can and any subsequent tools that follow will only machine areas where the previous tools could not fit.
Using multiple tools with this strategy can help shorten machining times and improve the life of your tools.
Toolpath Group Improvements
We’ve made improvements to the functionality of 'toolpath groups' making them much more useful! We’ve made it more convenient to create toolpath groups where you can create them from an empty list to help start the organisation of your toolpaths right from the get go! We’ve also added the ability to create groups from visible toolpaths in the list, which is useful when you want to organise your toolpaths by different materials used, tool types or grouping the toolpaths by part, however you like to organise your toolpaths we’ve made it very easy to do! We have also included the ability to save groups within a toolpath template, ensuring that jobs you create at a later date get done quicker now they’re organised the way you want them! On top of this we can also toolpath preview a group by checking the visibility of the group, and using the option to 'preview visible toolpaths'.
Toolpath Tab Auto Placement
10.5 sees some nice enhancements made to automatic tab placement in the profile toolpath. By default tabs will be positioned to avoid corners and curved regions, minimizing the need for manual adjustment.
Toolpath Batch Saving
We’ve made it easier than ever to save out your toolpaths! Now you have the ability to output multiple visible toolpaths to separate files in just one click! Along with the ability to output toolpaths together so that you can save your toolpaths in as few files as possible!
Stopped Repeated Retracts and Plunges in Profile Toolpaths
In the profile toolpath we stopped repeated retracts and plunges when cutting on open vectors to reduce machining times and make the whole process more efficient.
Optimise Link-up Moves Between Open Contours When Cutting Direction Doesn’t Matter
We have optimized the link up moves between open contours when the cutting direction doesn't matter allowing for more efficient machining with reduced machining times.
Ctrl + Drag in Tool Database
For ease of use we have added the ability to copy tools in the tool database by simply selecting to the tool along with the CTRL key and dragging your new tool into position ready for editing.
2D Preview for Moulding Toolpath Roughing
We’ve made a minor enhancement to the way we preview the moulding toolpath in the 2D view, where we are now able to visualise the clearance toolpath as well as the finish.
Calculate All Visible
We have now added in a further right click option to calculate all visible toolpaths allowing you to update only the required toolpaths.
Saving Merged Toolpaths in a Toolpath Template
We now have the ability to save a merged toolpath within a toolpath template ensuring that all template jobs that you create retain the parameters originally set out, enabling you to get the next job done efficiently.
Save and Restore Last Vector is Nest Boundary Option on Nesting Form
The software will now save and restore the check box "last vector is nest boundary" option within the nesting form.
On First Toolpath Save, no post-processor is selected
On first toolpath save, no post-processor is selected, allowing you to select a post processor from the post processor menu.
We have introduced the "job template file" concept allowing you to set-up template files that use common settings you may want to reuse for similar jobs in the future.