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    For those of you who use Vcarve Pro, have you found your investment in the software to be profitable if that was your intention for buying it?

    I am being asked on a semi regular basis to create signage and it appears that I could create signs faster with more appeal using Vcarve Pro.

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    Yes, definitely. It has good CAD drawing functions, and is easier to use for generating gcode files. Your simulation result is viewable before you generate the gcode. Best software I have bought so far. Aspire upgrade will be done next year I hope.

    Make money with it? I haven't so far only because my "friends" want everything for free, at my expense. They think I'm just having fun anyway.

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    I am just now starting to get to the point where I can start 'marketing' myself some with this machine... I have V Carve Pro.. I am very pleased with it's workflow and features (although there some I would like added), and am very confident in it's stability, quality, and ability to help me make money...

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    I like it as well, especially for ease of use. If howevevr you have another drawing program like CorelDraw or Illustrator, you probably could get by with just Cut2D, with some limitations....



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    Quote Originally Posted by ssutton View Post
    I am being asked on a semi regular basis to create signage and it appears that I could create signs faster with more appeal using Vcarve Pro.
    Download the demo and learn how to use it. Software is only as good as the operator's skill. And software alone isn't going to automatically make you more money.

    Having said that, I don't think there's an easier to learn program that can do what V Carve Pro can do.

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    Yes, yes and yes. :-) Well thought out, easy to use, not overly complicated (but some otherwise complicated things are plug and play because they wrote them in) and the ability to do CAM right out of the CAD side and see a preview is great.

    Complicated things- for example, create an array of copies of a vector(s)- either a traditional "grid" array, OR- a circular array defined by degree spacing over a full circle or a limited arc.... all just a few clicks and "poof".

    As others said- download the trial and play. You can use all the features except you can't make toolpaths from your drawings.

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    I love it.

    I do not use much the built-in design functions (except simple cutout and chamfer jobs), because there are better CAD and image software packages.

    But it is very easy to import 2D shapes and graphical images for cutting, pocketing and V-carving. Takes only minutes to convert a design into a toolpath and you can do amazing things. While it does not make money, if I had to I would find it a great tool.



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    My Dad bought the program about two months back to use with a small CNC router we put together for him this fall. He has picked up the basics very quick and has been having a blast making sings for most everything. It appears to work well and he has been able to figure most things out without to many questions. If I were into making signs and such I would also purchase a copy, but for now I prefer the pain of learning other CAM programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssutton View Post
    For those of you who use Vcarve Pro, have you found your investment in the software to be profitable if that was your intention for buying it?

    I am being asked on a semi regular basis to create signage and it appears that I could create signs faster with more appeal using Vcarve Pro.

    Thanks,
    Scott
    Yes I have found it to profitable and I think it was one of the best purchases I have ever made, I started with Cut2d and with in a year or so was able to upgrade to VcarvePro with the money I have made with Cut2d. Very easy to use with a little thought. It helps to have a machining background but not truly needed. I do alot of brass engraving and the single line fonts really help.



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    The best and most cost effective program out there. I started when the program went by the name V Carve Wizard I now use V Carve Pro with a JGRO and my output is better (because I cut more slowly) than the large sign shops that I compete against. Made my back on the machine and V Carve Pro on its first job. One of the best purchases that I have ever made.

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    One of the best software investments I've ever made! Well worth the money and a joy to work with.
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    Best program out there for doing that kind of stuff. Aspire is even better but for many things it's adequate. Aspire is next stop for me, for now Cut3D and Vcarve Pro does everything I need.
    As Gerry says you need to learn all the features.
    Dave



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