Selecting the right software version

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Selecting the right software version

Postby acdii » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:15 pm

Hi All, I am getting into laser cutting for RC planes and such, and was pointed to this software. It does what I want as far as taking a copy of a part from a PDF of a set of plans, dropping it on Layer1, then placing layers on top to trace out the actual cutting portion. The Laser uses RDWorks(or maybe Lightburn down the road), and accepts DXF, AI, and a few others.

So my question is, which version, Desktop or Pro? I know the Desktop is limited to 24 x 24, and I am OK with that for now, the majority of what I will be doing is under 24" in size. Are there other limitations that would prevent me from working from A-Z?


Also, what would I set for the post processor?
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My two penn'orth

Postby Martin Reid » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:13 pm

Dear acdii

I see you have not had much response to you query.

Firstly I must say that I've never used 'desktop' as we have vCarve pro (shopbot edition)

There have been similar pro vs desktop posts here.
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27026

millrightcnc.com published
vcarve pro vs desktop - V Carve Pro is about double the price and includes some additional features that are more apt to a production environment (such as part nesting). The main difference is that VCarve Desktop is limited to a 24×24″ work area, which is perfect for most of our machines.

https://www.vectric.com/products
Which do I choose, Desktop or Pro?
Desktop
24" x 24" work area limit
No Nesting/Plate Layout
No Toolpath Templates or Merging Toolpaths
No Gadget Scripting/Automation
No Job Set-up Sheets
Pro
No Size Limit
True Shape Nesting
Merging Toolpaths
Toolpath Templates
Gadget Scripting/Automation
Job Setup Sheets

I'm not sure what special features you require for a laser.

Sincerely and in good faith
Martin
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Re: Selecting the right software version

Postby JimG » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:33 am

There is (or was?) a version of Cut2D specifically for laser cutters called Cut2D Laser. I got my copy bundled with my Emblaser cutter a year or two ago and I think I remember the last update to the software was just over a year ago. However, I've just done a Google search and it seems as though Vectric really don't want it to be known about since I came up with nothing. :) It works very well but there is a very annoying bug in the last update of a year ago which I reported to Vectric, but I haven't heard anything since and no further update has appeared to correct it.

I have raised queries on this forum on a couple of occasions about this laser version but the Vectric staff who frequent this forum con't seem to know much about the version.

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Re: Selecting the right software version

Postby seanm » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:40 am

Hi acdii

Cut2D Desktop will be fine if what you are after is a Vector Drawing package which can export vectors as DXF to be processed by RDWorks.
The limit on the Desktop Edition applies to creating toolpaths within the software, and since you will be creating the toolpaths for the laser with the RDWorks software package, Cut2D Desktop will be perfect for your needs.

Hope this helps,
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