VCarve Pro is a powerful but simple to use software to design and machine parts on a CNC machine. Unfortunately, if you wanted to purchase a copy, it would cost you $699. Oahu Makerspace has signed up with Vectric, the company behind VCarve Pro, to offer our members free access to VCarve Pro!
The process is simple. Members can download the VCarve Pro trial version to their personal computer. Then enter Oahu Makerspace’s VCarve ID code as the license number. This unlocks the powerful VCarve Pro software and puts it into Makerspace Client Edition. Members can design and preview toolpaths at home on their own time at their convenience. Then they save the Makerspace Client Edition file and bring it to the Makerspace and load it onto one of the computers that has the Makerspace licensed version. The Makerspace’s version can convert the file to a toolpath that can be run on the Makerspace’s CNC machines.
From Vectric’s website
This is an exciting development which couldn’t have come at a better time as we are working on building a smaller CNC machine for smaller jobs, a larger CNC machine to expand the capacity, and creating a CNC plasma cutter.
The restrictions to this license are:
(1) files created using a Makerspace Client Edition can only be converted to an actual toolpath on the computers at the Makerspace and
(2) the files must be used to carve on the Makerspace’s CNC machines.