Vcarve Pro Version 9

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Vcarve Pro Version 9

Postby Goozler » Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:35 pm

I have Vcarve Pro 8.5 and thinking about upgrading to version 9. Will Vcarve Pro 9 print to scale?
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Re: Vcarve Pro Version 9

Postby adze_cnc » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:03 pm

Yes and no. Specify a paper size bigger than your vectors, print as PDF, and you get a printout to scale. Specify a paper size smaller and you don't.

You can always export the vectors to something that another program, such as Illustrator, understands and print from there.

You're not the first to ask to print to scale in these boards. I'm always baffled as to why a program for creating toolpaths to run on cutting machines should be used to do something that a CAD or design program, such as AutoCAD or Illustrator, is more suited to do.
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Re: Vcarve Pro Version 9

Postby Mobius » Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:05 am

adze_cnc wrote:You're not the first to ask to print to scale in these boards. I'm always baffled as to why a program for creating toolpaths to run on cutting machines should be used to do something that a CAD or design program, such as AutoCAD or Illustrator, is more suited to do.


Because V-Carve is a great little program for drawing vectors. Personally, I sketch up a lot of vector drawings for a local metalworker, which he then either cuts on his CNC plasma table or sends off to be water-jet cut. Some of it is mundane stuff (not artsy), like copying exhaust flanges. I turn to V-carve because I know it, and can get the job done fast.

Sometimes it is nice to print out the vector to give it the 'ol Mark I eyeball test, which can be a pain to do. I'm going to have to try your paper size trick on 8.5.
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Re: Vcarve Pro Version 9

Postby tomgardiner » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:40 pm

You could always put a pencil in your spindle and plot it.
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Re: Vcarve Pro Version 9

Postby adze_cnc » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:03 pm

Rethinking this I wonder if exporting the vectors to PDF and then printing the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Reader using a tiling option would be a way to do this?
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