## Hello all, Happy New Year!

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MikeSibley
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:02 am
Model of CNC Machine: Avid Pro 4896 Rotary Axis
Location: Picayune, Mississippi

### Hello all, Happy New Year!

First, I am brand new at using Aspire. I have studied and studied the Vectric tutorial videos but have one question that is eluding me. On a model (I'm simply making raised letters to be carved into a piece of material whereby the machine removes the surrounding wood but leaves the letters) I'm struggling. I know that this is probably simple and mundane to most, but if you can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

How does the base height and model height interact with the model and the whole surface? If I want these letters (two different sizes and both created as flat on top) to be identical in height, will the base height determine the depth of the letter below the surface? From what I can find, it appears that the base height will raise the model to a certain level and then the model height establishes the height of the remainder such as if it were rounded on top? The instructional videos are good, but I'm starting at crawling and the videos in part are assuming that I can not only walk but run too.

I would appreciate it if you can point me in the right direction. I know that the learning curve is a little steep, but I seem to be catching on pretty quickly.

Vectric Archimage
Posts: 11955
Joined: Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:19 pm
Model of CNC Machine: ShopBot PRS Alpha 96x48
Location: Surrey, UK

### Re: Hello all, Happy New Year!

Do you need to do it as 3D job? If you're cutting raised letters on a flat surface then you would use the pocket toolpath for that.

garylmast
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 1231
Joined: Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:03 pm
Location: Sandy, Utah

### Re: Hello all, Happy New Year!

Under the Modeling section, use the Create Shape tool to create the recess using either a selected height or a subtract distance, then start another component and select the text and raise them to the height you want.

Create a border around the inside of the pocket and around the letters, Select both of them, then use the Pocket Toolpath.

Gary
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MikeSibley
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:02 am
Model of CNC Machine: Avid Pro 4896 Rotary Axis
Location: Picayune, Mississippi

### Re: Hello all, Happy New Year!

Yes, thank you guys. What establishes the height/depth of the 3D carving? Is it when I create the create shape tool or in the properties tool after the shape is created?

MikeSibley
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:02 am
Model of CNC Machine: Avid Pro 4896 Rotary Axis
Location: Picayune, Mississippi

### Re: Hello all, Happy New Year!

PS - I just bought Aspire last week so I appreciate your help and tolerance with a newbie like me!

gkas
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 1291
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:39 am
Model of CNC Machine: Aspire, Axiom AR8 Pro+, Axiom 4.2W Laser
Location: Southern California

### Re: Hello all, Happy New Year!

MikeSibley wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:25 pm
Yes, thank you guys. What establishes the height/depth of the 3D carving? Is it when I create the create shape tool or in the properties tool after the shape is created?
It depends on what part of the shape needs changing. Increasing/decreasing the base height raises/lowers the shape with vertical walls added to the bottom. Changing the shape height changes the actual shape. If you add shape height to a dome, the actual dome shape will get taller, keeping its designed shape. If you increase the base height height, then the shape is untouched, but it is raised with vertical walls.

MikeSibley
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:02 am
Model of CNC Machine: Avid Pro 4896 Rotary Axis
Location: Picayune, Mississippi

### Re: Hello all, Happy New Year!

Thanks! I appreciate it. I'm just trying to get two sets of letters, one a larger font or size to all be the same cut depth. I think I have it.