Course Descriptions

CNC Basics
This session is designed around getting users information on the how, why and how to of all things CNC related. Bit types, Feeds, Speeds, Materials, Hold Down and the forces on them.  How to put it all together for a successful journey into CNC machining.  It offers valuable info for the neophyte and accomplished operator alike……

Toolpath Parameters: (How to Get the Right Tool and Speeds for the Job)

This class explains the difference between the various types and styles of bit geometries and how to get these different bits cutting properly for your material and machine.  How to achieve proper feeds and speeds for an unknown bit and/or material.

Hold Down (Mechanical, Vacuum and Fixtures) and Strategies:

Includes information on the use of vacuum & spoil boards, screws, tape, clamps and jigs for material hold down.  T slots, sacrificial holding fixtures and special purpose, high vacuum fixtures are also covered.

How to Save and Manage CNC Design and Cutting Files:

A short session on how to save, organize and transfer both design and cutting files.  Various transfer methods are covered including flash drives, network and cloud.

Vectric 2D & 2.5D Design and Toolpath:

The design portion of this class explains in detail the creation, modification and combining of each of the vector creation tools.  Also covered in depth are the Transform, Edit, Align and Offset & Layout tools.  Drawing tab icons are covered one by one with all options explained.  Information and methodology pertinent to woodworkers, sign makers and artists are covered.

The toolpath section of the class covers all of the 2 & 2.5D Material Setup and Toolpath Operations on the Toolpath tab.  Each type of toolpath and its associated parameters are explained in detail as well as numerous tricks and some “out of the box” methodology.  Strategies for different materials and bits as well as problematic shapes are covered.

Tool types, creation and organization are covered for single and multi tool systems.  Post processor selection and the toolpath editing tools are discussed.  Tricks to get the most out of the Toolpath Preview and Estimate Time features are shown.

Vectric 3D Model and Clipart Import & Toolpath:
This class covers the import of 2D Vector Art, 3D models and 3D ClipArt.  How to scale and locate in your material, and how to combine 2D, 2.5D and 3D cutting into a single project is covered in depth.  3D Roughing and Finish Toolpath strategies are shown that are a benefit to users of all skill levels.

Notes:
The Vectric Design and Toolpath classes are user participation classes taught by two instructors using a “left brain – right brain” tag team approach that should leave no attendee wanting.   Attendees are asked to bring problematic files.

Vector creation, transform and toolpath options available in Cut2D are an exact subset of those in VCarve Pro & Aspire and are taught together.  The 2D & 2.5D Classes are a required prerequisite to all Aspire Classes.

Features that are new in version 8.5 will be covered.

Aspire Basics:
This class sets the foundation for vector modification and model creation using Aspire.  It is the intro to the Modeling Tools and offers users the knowledge to step up into 3D modeling of their own designs.

Working with Aspire:
This session is an extension of the basic offering.  It will push the user to develop and ever increasing familiarity with 3D modeling and offers greater in depth coverage of the Modeling Tools and how they work together.

Aspire 3D Toolpath Strategies:
This class shows tip and techniques for cutting 3D files.  Bits, Feeds and speeds are covered along with machining boundaries to eliminate unneeded machining.  Numerous ways to reduce machining time are shown.

To take full advantage of the class attendees must have a copy of Vectric software licensed in their name, installed on a laptop computer.