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With the opening of the TechShop in my city , Heaven came to Earth! (

One of the most amazing machines they have is the "ShopBot": a CNC Router/Engraver.
They have 3 of them, a desktop, a medium and a large size.

Since I started, few weeks ago, I took all the classes required to use the Shop Bot (3) and unleashed my creativity!

In this instructable, I will show you how to use the sotware available for you at TechShop to quickly create nameplates and virtually review the result.

In this way, you can familiarize with the software before you take the ShopBot classes, and waste no time once you can access this fantastic machine!

All you need is a TechShoop membership, and your creativity!

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Step 1: Start the Design

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First thing, you need to define your design.

TechShop has for you to freely use, one of the easiest and coolest software: VCarve Pro.

So, Open it and click to "Create a new file" (1) and insert the dimensions of the piece of wood you want to carve (2), in my case,9"x6", set the thickness (0.75"), the upper corner as Z Zero, the lower right corner as XY Zero, and leave the rest untouched. Click OK

Step 2: Create the TEXT

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Now click on the "T" icon in "Create Vectors" to define the text properties (3).

(4) Write your Text in the "Text" box, select your font, the alignment and the text height.

Text Alignment refers to the origin you defined earlier, and as you can see here, the origin is right of the text.

Experiment to see the different results. Click "Apply" to update the design, and when satisfied, click "Close"

To center the text on your piece, select the text by clicking on it and then click the icon "Center in Material" on the "Align Objects" menu (5)