Vectric VCarve Pro - Makerspace Edition

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VCarve Pro provides a powerful but intuitive software solution for cutting parts on a CNC Router. There are tools for 2D design and calculation of 2D and 2.5D toolpaths and along with the ability to import and toolpath a single 3D model (STL, OBJ, SKP etc.). There is also support to import multiple Vectric Clip Art 3D models (V3M) to create advanced 3D assemblies.

Vectric VCarve Pro is installed at the makerspace on the following computers:

  • 3D printing (x3, Front Room)
  • CNC Router (x1, Wood Shop)
  • Laser Cutter (x1, Back Workshop)

How does the Makerspace Program work?

Vectric activation screenshot.jpg


The Makerspace can install the specially licensed software on up to 5 PC’s, these MUST be connected to the internet. When a member opens a file which they have been working within a Makerspace Client Edition of the software on their own computer, VCarve Pro Maker Edition will contact a web server run by Vectric to get permission to open the file. When permission is received, the file will open as though it was written by any normal version of VCarve Pro; from there they will be able to save their toolpaths to run on the CNC at the Makerspace. To obtain a Makerspace Client Edition a member just needs to download the free Trial Edition of VCarve Pro and activate it with a MakerspaceID code that can be generated from the Makerspace Edition installed at the main facility. Full details of this are available in the PDF document downloadable by clicking the button below.

We are currently using VCarve Pro v11

MakerspaceID code

  1. On HOME computer:
    1. Start VCarve Pro
    2. Click on Help
    3. Click About VCarve Pro Makerspace
    4. Click on MakerSpace ID
    5. Paste in this code:

    6. Restart Vcarve and start designing!

  2. On MAKERSPACE computer:
    1. Start VCarve Pro
    2. Open file that you created from your own computer (Test.CRV)
    3. It will ask if you want license, click Yes.
    4. Continue working on your design or save toolpaths as GCode.

Project Files

CNC Router Parts Standing Desk


Vectric Gadgets Library - Gadgets are small programs that add additional functionality to VCarve Pro and Aspire. They can be used to add new features to the software or automate common sequences of tasks.