Vectric Ltd. has release version 8.5 for their core design and machining software range, which includes their flagship products VCarve Pro and Aspire. This release is a free upgrade to any Vectric customers who already have version 8.0 of these programs.
VCarve and Aspire 8.5 offer enhancements in all key areas, such as file-import, drawing and toolpath management. The new version also sees support added for importing SVG and SketchUp 2016 SKP files.
For VCarve 8.5 and Aspire 8.5 users the new Moulding toolpath feature will save time, and increase finish quality for those who make constant cross section moulding, arches or frames, says the company. The cut-path created for the CNC by this feature is defined by a vector shape for its location and length, and another profile shape to define the cross section. The cross section is effectively “extruded” in lines along the positioning vector to create a clean toolpath.
Aspire 8.5 builds on the software’s 3D modelling functionality with a "powerful" new Create Texture Area option to help model decorative textures. This can be used for creating architectural panels; detailed sign backgrounds; interesting effects on furniture; or any other textured application. The Create Texture Area tool lets you choose an existing 3D component and then “tiles” this into a larger area. The size and spacing of the texture can be dynamically updated to easily and quickly customise the layout; and can be used to model seamless organic textures or intriguing geometric patterns. To make it easy to use out-the-box the software includes 40 specially created texture Clip Art models.
James Booth, Vectric’s commercial director, said: “We’ve always had many ways to create and cut a 3D texture in Aspire but the new Create Texture function makes it so much easier to generate a variety of patterns to find the one your client wants as soon as possible.”
You can read a description of all the enhancements along with video demonstrations and download the “What’s New” documentation or a free trial version of Version 8.5.