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  • Beyond 2D Questions

    Beyond "flat" cutting, I have not done anything beyond that on my CNC... I am looking at a project (for a friend) that requires contouring guitar bodies and more complex cutting, which is something I have no experience with. I currently use VCarve... Can anyone suggest the most efficient method of "learning' to move into this type of cutting? Do I need to move up to Aspire in order to this type of work?
    I am not blind bidding any work, just want to expand my area of knowledge and work. I've youtube'd lots of videos, etc.. but can't say that I've learned much from them on this type of work.

    Thank you for your time and respones.
    Kind Regards,
    Bruce Jeansonne
    CAMaster Panther 508
    Laser Engraver
    Hurricane Vacuum
    WinCNC and VCarve Pro
  • #2

    You can buy and download 3D projects from the Vectric V&CO site and use VCarve to build tool paths. I've done quite a few fun 3d projects like this but you'll need Aspire to design in 3d yourself.
    Last edited by gtgmarine; 03-01-2022, 09:15 AM.
    2021 Stinger I SR-24, 1kW Spindle
    Performance Pkg w/Gantry Lift, FTC
    Phenolic Top, Storm Vac, JTech Laser
    VCarve Pro 11.0


    • #3

      From a guitar perspective, even though I have and use Aspire, I generally use the molding tool path as much as I can for contouring because it's faster and simpler. But you can cut 3D models no problem with VCP and there are files readily available that you can import to work with more complexe contouring if you are duplicating existing guitar designs. Same for necks, you can obtain files. What you can't do with VCP is modify the models to any great extent nor can you create them from scratch. You can use other software to do the 3D modeling or upgrade to Aspire. In either case, there is certainly a learning curve for sure!

      If you are not already a member, the TDPRI forum is a good resource for guitar building, specifically the "Tele Home Depot" discussion area. It's not T-type specific, either. While most folks don't do the CNC thing, there are a number of us that do.
      Jim Becker

      SR-44 (2018), 1.7kw spindle, Performance Premium, USB, Keypad, T-Slot table (y-axis configuration), WinCNC, VCarve Pro upgraded to Aspire

      Non CNC stuff...

      Festool "a good collection"
      Stubby - lathe
      Oneida Cyclone

      Retired from full time work in the telecom industry 9/2017
      Occasional commission work for others, but mostly for trunks/signage/guitars
      Located Bucks County PA


      • #4

        I use two monitors so I can watch the video I am learning from and follow along in Aspire on the other. I learn better by doing and this way if I miss something I can back the video up and watch again. I tried split screen but it was to small for me. Larger the monitor the better and I use two 32 inchers now. There is no shortcut to learning and becoming good it is still practice, practice and more practice.
        Keith Hyde, Winchester, VA
        2016 Stinger 1, 1.7KW HF Spindle HSD
        Performance Package Pro, Vac, lathe, Aspire 10
        Former Marine and retired Seabee Master Chief.
        Furniture is my hobby not my vocation.


        • #5

          Meee too !!!
          Attached Files
          James McGrew
          CAMaster ATC 508
          The principle of Measure twice cut once has not been replaced by a CNC

          Camera 1 ATC Closeup !

          fixed 4-27-2020


          • #6

            Same here! IMG_0830.jpg
            CNC newbie and US Army Vietnam vet

            Stinger 1 SR-23,
            1.7 KW HSD Spindle,
            Performance Package Pro,
            T-Slot table, (Y-axis configuration),
            Aspire 11,
            7W Laser Engraver,


            • #7

              On YouTube search for VCarve Guitar for some inspiration.
              - Randall Newcomb
              10 fingers in, 10 fingers out
              another good day in the shop


              • #8

                Thanks all for the replies...

                I have the files already as needed, all lines embedded, etc... I just have to figure out the tool paths to use, etc....

                I'll keep on the youtube watching and experimenting...

                Kind Regards,
                Bruce Jeansonne
                CAMaster Panther 508
                Laser Engraver
                Hurricane Vacuum
                WinCNC and VCarve Pro