As posted elsewhere, my Pro arrived on Friday. So far, have made a few different things and have been pleased. Since I come from a CNC router background, I am very used to creating vector toolpaths in Vectric’s VCarve Pro software. So when it came time to design some parts, I thought it would be easier to start with the software that I was familiar with. I’ve found it works pretty well, thus far. I create the vectors on different layers, assign the layers different colors (apparently an important step), and export the desired vectors as SVG. These seem to load right up into the GFUI and I can assign operations to the layers as desired.
I had been contemplating designing an air register for my HVAC system to match the others in the house. This return grill is larger than what is available in the off-the-shelf product line, so I am working on making my own. This “proof of concept” is destined to be a trivet due to some operator error, but I was pleased with how it came out.
And I’ve been working with my daughter on a Harry Potter themed Monopoly set and we decided to see about making our own coins. Here is a prototype we made, using some 1/8" red oak strips that I sliced from a board that we milled from a neighbor’s tree. We used the Proofgrade settings for cherry hardwood.
Anyway, not bad for a first go-round. Curious to see what others think about VCarve vs. Inkscape, since I know the former very well and am a complete novice with the latter!