New to V9.5 - Wrapped Rotary Machining, Picture Editing & Text Editing

What's New in V9.5?

Upgrade today to version 9.5 and push the boundaries of your imagination with the new Wrapped Rotary Job Support, Picture Editing and Helical Arc features.

On this page you will find everything you need to know about how Aspire has evolved through the past iterations and also everything you need to know about the latest release.

To upgrade, simply click on the ‘Upgrade to 9.5 Now’ button below to be redirected to your V&CO customer portal. once you have logged in you will be able to upgrade your software online by entering your payment details. the latest version of your software will download automatically following payment and will be stored within V&CO for future access.

One Price to Upgrade

Regardless of your current version, the price is the same to upgrade to the latest version.

Wrapped Rotary Axis Job Support

Create wrapped rotary projects and visualize your job in a wrapped environment.

Picture Editing Tools

Change contrast, brightness and gamma, add borders and crop Images

3D Helical Arcs in Ramping

Output helical arcs in a way that your machine understands.

$400 / £310 / €360 (excludes local taxes)

Click on the versions below to find out what new features have been added

V9.5

V9.0

V8.5

V8.0

V4.5

V4.0

V9.5 is a FREE Upgrade for all V9.0 Customers

Wrapped Rotary Machining

Enables the use of a rotary axis (also called a 4th axis or indexer). Where you can create rotary projects and visualize your job in a wrapped environment, with the ability to create and simulate the toolpaths in an auto - wrapped simulation.

3D Rotary Spindle

Picture Editing & Cropping

With the ability to import bitmaps into the software, you can further edit imported images using the 'Edit Picture' tool, this allows you to adjust the visual properties of a selected bitmap, enabling you to adjust the contrast, brightness and gamma of any selected image.

Borders of different sizes and radii can also be added to bitmaps for aesthetic purposes. Bitmaps can also be made black and white. The software also has the ability to crop images to any given vector allowing you to remove parts of the image you are not interested in.

Aspire Image Editing

Helical Arc Support

Output helical arcs in a way that your machine understands. Makes for smoother cuts and smaller file sizes.

Helical arcs are like regular arcs when viewed in 2D but where the start z and the end z differ. They are typically found in toolpaths where ramping occurs.

Helical Arc Support

Online Clipart Access

We give you access to the online clipart that comes free with your purchase. This clipart can be downloaded directly from your V&CO account in the running software. The software comes with previews of the clipart you're entitled to in the clipart tab so that you can see all of the options available to you and download the items of interest,

In order to get the latest entitlements, click the refresh button. To import the clipart from the clipart tab into your job, simply drag and drop your desired model onto your part.

Online Clipart

In-place Text Editing and Transforms

See live feedback of the text that you create and edit. Text maintains formatting, allowing you to easily make edits after the text has been created.

In place text editing

Aspire V9.0 Updates

Two-Sided Machining

This adds the ability to create double-sided projects in the same session. It avoids the need to have 2 sessions, one for each side.

Job & Material Setup

In the Job Setup dialog, you can pick whether you want to create a single-sided, double-sided or a rotary job. You can change that, retrospectively.

Define how you want to flip the material for double-sided projects from the Job Setup dialog. This influences the positioning of the vectors and models so that geometry on each side is created in the appropriate positions relative to the opposite side.

Vectric Job setup

Multi-Sided View

You can view the opposite side’s geometry using the keyboard shortcut ‘=’, or through the ‘View’ menu.

In the 2D view, you will see the opposite side’s vectors as if you were looking at them through the material block.

In the 3D view, you will see the entire merged model as if it was simulated.

Vectric Multisided View

Importing STL Model

When importing an STL model (with the ‘Import both Sides’ option enabled) into a double-sided project, each side of the model will go onto a side.

You can import the entire model on each side by sliding the slicing plane all the way to the bottom. This is useful when importing models which contain non-convex surfaces, such as, a plate.

Smart Snapping

This allows you to snap to lines and extensions, which don’t necessarily exist as geometry. It reduces the need to create construction geometry, and would be helpful in aligning vectors or nodes.

Vectric Smart Snapping

Quick Keys

This allows you to add more precision to your shape creation and editing process more easily by allowing typed values while creating geometry. This is supported for creation of circles, ellipses, rectangles, polygons, stars, polylines and when in editing nodes or transforming vectors.

For example, while dragging to create a circle, you could type ‘3R’ to create the circle with a radius of 3. Or, also while dragging, you could type ‘3D’ to create one with a diameter of 3.

Vectric Quick Keys

Turn & Spin

Create spun profiles easily using the Spin & Turn Modelling Tool.

The turn tool takes a profile and turns it, like a lathe or a potter’s wheel, to create a rounded symmetrical component. To use the tool you require only the profile that you want to turn. This profile should represent the outer boundary of the shape you wish to create.

Vectric Turn & Spin

Mirror Mode Components

This feature allows you to define a component level so that it mirrors all of its components in a certain way, based on the mirror type. This allows you to build pleasing symmetrical arrangements with ease.

 

Mirror Mode

V8.5 is a FREE Upgrade for all V8.0 Customers

Create Texture Area

This feature lets you create a repeating pattern or texture. It requires a single "Tile" component and optionally one or more closed boundary vectors which define the region in which the tiling should take place.

The Create Texture Area form lets you specify the spacing and overlap of each tile, enter a "Shift" for every other row or column of your pattern and control the "Symmetry" or reflection of the tiles. This provides powerful control to make an incredible number of variations to your pattern and create some very interesting effects. The pattern dynamically updates as you make changes, you can even adjust the size and position of your original "Tile" at any time

40 models have been created specifically for use with this new tool and are supplied with the software as part of the included Clip Art. In addition to these pre-created models you can also create new components or edit existing ones to use with this function so the potential for creating architectural panels, sign backgrounds, decorative textures or any other applications are endless.

Create Texture Area

Moulding Toolpath

This function generates an efficient and smooth toolpath to cut 3D shapes such as mouldings, arches and frames that have a constant cross-section. The shape is specified by selecting two vectors; the first will represent the Drive Curve of the shape and the second defines the Cross Section that will in effect be extruded along the Drive Curve to create the swept shape when machined.

The Moulding Toolpath function allows you to specify two tools, one to in effect "Rough" out the majority of material with a larger tool and then the other to do the "Finishing".

The Moulding Toolpath has some clever options to further improve finish and efficiency. For the "Finish" tool you can opt to "Vary Stepover", this can be used to improve finish on shapes that have a lot of steep angles or curves on the cross-section. For the "Rough" tool you can choose to have it pre-finish any flat (horizontal) regions on the cross section, which are common on a lot of Moulding shapes. Using this option also allows you to avoid creating a "Finish" toolpath in those flat areas further increasing time-savings when machining.

Moulding Toolpath
Moulding Toolpath

Create Job Sheet

The Create Setup Job Sheet command allows you to create a summary sheet that details all the important information you will need at your CNC machine when you come to run the toolpaths. This can be used as a reference to ensure you have the setup correct, have loaded the correct tool etc. It can also be used to archive with an old job as a quick reference file to see what the job the looked like and the machining that was involved for that project.

You can also edit this to change the logo to an image of your own choice, adjust the header, footer and border colors and even customize which sections of information to include.

Create Job Sheet

Aspire V8.0 Updates

Create Vector Texture

Repeating vector patterns can be quickly created using the 'Create Vector Texture' tool. It's easy to modify the settings to create an infinite number of variations from regular wave patterns through to uneven natural looking grain lines.

These vectors can be machined using the profile and texture toolpaths to create decorative wavy texture panels along with wood-grain and sand-blast effects. These can also be projected onto a 3D surface to add even more variation. 

Create Vector Texture

3D Component Manager

Our unique ‘Component’ based modeling approach gives enormous flexibility when creating complex designs. The ability to work on small simple pieces makes it easier to build up the pieces you need to create a complex job. This also gives you the power to continue to edit individual parts of the design as you build it up. This approach is particularly useful if you need to make design changes based on customer feedback.

Using the component manager (Component Tree) individual 3D objects can be adjusted to change the way they interact with each other within a project. These can be further organized by the use of Levels to create sub-assemblies of shapes that first combine with each other before being added to the overall shape of the model.

As you make changes to a Component the 3D model will update to show you instantly the effects of your choices making it easy to iterate through different design options.

Vectric Component Management

Free 3D Clipart (worth over $5,000)

The Aspire installation includes a large variety of 2D and 3D clipart files that can be used as is, in your own projects or edited to create your own variations.

The files include a mix of formats. The 2D artwork (110 items) comes in CRV format. The majority of 3D files are V3M or 3DCLIP format some of which have individual components saved in the file (see section on Intelligent Clip Art). For the panel, shields, weaves and some ribbons there are CRV3D files that include vectors so you can see how some of the files were created and easily edit and recreate versions of your own. There are also 40 files created specifically for use with the create texture tile function.

Over 150 of the models are commercial quality pieces of 3D clipart from Design & Make. Each one of these is presented in 3 different styles, raised, dished and recessed (so actually 450+ variants), retail cost to purchase just these files would be over $5,000 if bought from the Design & Make website.

There are almost 700 different individual designs to download in a number of variants totalling over 1,350 different files. You can read more about the specifics of the files and see a catalog of the models by clicking on the link below.

View 3D Clipart Guide and Catalog (PDF) (13Mb)

Vectric Aspire Clipart Catalog

Video Tutorials

All of our products have in depth video tutorials and data files you need to work through the examples. These are split into sections beginning with getting started projects to let you see the process to produce a complete part and start to understand the general workflow. Then there are videos to cover each area of use within the program.

The videos are designed to take you step by step through different types of projects to explain the key methods you will use in the software and to demonstrate these on real-world examples. You can just watch and absorb the contents or follow along pausing where necessary to complete a task. In addition to learning how to use the program the videos include tips and tricks for better use of the software. The result of each project (along with the Clip Art) provides a library of parts which can be machined to create sample files to improve your CNC skills or help you to demonstrate your capabilities to potential customers.

Video Tutorial Browser

V4.5 is a FREE Upgrade for all V4.0 Customers

New Snapping Options

Improved interactive snapping to more accurately find the significant features of your design and add new drawing elements to it.

Snapping Options

Vector Boundary

The Vector Boundary form allows you to create boundaries around selected vectors.

You can offset the boundary outwards and optionally create convex or ‘Rubber band’ boundaries.

Vector Boundary

Ability to Import SketchUp Files

SketchUp files with a .SKP extension (see www.sketchup.com) can be imported as 2D data suitable for machining.

Sketchup FIle Import

Import a Component or 3D Model

The 3D model import tool has been enhanced to provide for that application of a perspective effect to the imported component.

Import a Component or 3D Model

Emboss Tool

Apply a complex (and non-linear) scaling to the resulting component which provides an alternate way to produce low-relief models from certain types of 3D data.

 Emboss Tool

Drilling Toolpath Enhancements

New peck drilling form options to reduce drill wear & tear

Peck Drilling

Pocket Toolpath Enhancements

Automatic slot & groove identification during pocketing.

Pocket Toolpath Enhancements

Aspire V4.0 Updates

Dimensions

This tool allows you to add a variety of dimensioning annotations to your vector drawing.

Vectric Dimensioning

Extend Vectors

This tool allows you to extend two vector lines to their common point of intersection

Extend Vectors
Extend Vectors

Virtual Mid Points for Line Spans

When in Node Editing mode, all line spans now show a small grey handle at their midpoint. By simply clicking and dragging any of these points, the line span will automatically divide into two new spans.

Virtual Mid Points for Line Spans

Extrude and Weave

Extrude and Weave allows you to use one or more vectors as drive rails and extrude either vector cross sections or existing 3D components along them. In addition to the standard extrude the function has an option to automatically create a weaved effect where the drive rail/s overlap.

The tool includes many options to help you control the way the shape flows and the final result you get. The variety of 3D forms that can be created with this tool vary from simple linear extrusions all the way to extremely complex ornate woven shapes and it certainly qualifies as one of the most powerful tools in the program.

Vectric Extrude and Weave

Multiply Combine Mode

This allows a component to contribute to the composite model by multiplying the height at each point in the component with existing height for the corresponding point on the composite model.

Multiply Combine Mode

Add Zero Plane

Automatically creates a zero height plane component with the same width and height as the complete work area.

Add Zero Plane

Add Draft

The Add Draft tool will automatically add a minimum angle to any steep walls that exist in your model.

Add Draft

Material Setup Summary

This includes all the salient information you may need when working with your toolpaths – material dimensions, datum positions, rapid gaps and home settings all in one place at the top of your toolpaths tab.

Material Set-up

Toolpath Preview Enhancements

The Preview Toolpaths form includes a speed control slider under the toolpath playback tools. This allows the speed of the toolpath preview playback to be dynamically adjusted in order to follow individual tool moves in detail.

Toolpath Preview Enhancements