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This is the Sixth in a series of Instructables on how to use CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) and CAM (Computer Aided Machining)
We are going to use Vcarve software and although its not free, it specifically designed for making signs, and is more "Art friendly" than prodesktop which is more for engineering projects.
Vcarve has a trial version, to play with but it may not let you generate a "G code" with out paying, which is ok as unless you own or have access to a CNC router or mill you wont need to generate a G code, you can just have a play with it and decide if you like it or not.

If you missed the other projects  in this series they are here are here

Digital Manufacturing - project one Key tag

Digital Manufacturing - project two desk name plate

Digital Manufacturing - project three 3D printed box

Digital Manufacturing - project four laser cut box

As computer tutorials don't translate to text very well, for this series of  instructables most of the info is in the photos. So click on the first photo and use the arrow keys on your key board to go to the next photo. The boxes in the photos show the location of the icons and have have text in them when you hover the mouse on them.

cj86752 years ago
did you do this at techshop or do you own a sign shop like me. if you own the shop i reccomend you get artcam its a much better program and you can import right from flexi sign
antennas cj86757 months ago

I don't think you can do better than Vectric Aspire, but it is a lot of money.

liquidhandwash (author)  cj86752 years ago
I teach engineering at a high school, Thanks for the tip about art cam I will look into it
An cool man I'm an engineering student in high school
Mindmapper12 years ago
Ahh so they do a back packing version to take on the 'trail'? "Vcarve has a trail version" quote! :)
liquidhandwash (author)  Mindmapper12 years ago
Thanks for pointing that out, i'm not very good at spotting my own typos