Vectric, a U.K.-based software provider, released an updated version of its flagship design and CNC-machining software program, Aspire. Version 8 includes significant enhancements and new features for the program’s drawing tools, 3-D modeling functions and toolpath creation, according to the company.
Product manager James Booth says that while the new release is wide-ranging in how it will benefit existing users, so far the most significant enhancements reported by customers have been the texture creation, working with 3-D objects directly in 3-D view, enhancements to control finish on some key toolpath types and 64-bit support.
“Generally speaking, all of these provide customers with the potential to get a better quality finished part straight off the machine,” Booth says.
“The texture option makes the design of architectural panels much simpler, but also makes the creation of faster cutting grain pattern backgrounds possible for signage. Working directly in 3-D view gives the user instant feedback on changes to the model, making it quicker and easier to develop and edit your 3-D layout. The toolpath enhancements have allowed more control over the last pass, cutting depths and entry points for different strategies.”
Booth says the 64-bit support means users can take advantage of more RAM on a PC and that means speed-increases and the potential to import and work with complex 3-D datasets.
The program has had an additional 150 3-D models added to its clip-art library, bringing the total to more than 1,400 files.
New drawing tool options have also been added, according to Booth. “By further enhancing the snapping and guidelines in the software, accurate drawing and editing has become even more streamlined than it was before,” he says.
The new release is compatible with SketchUp 2015. Booth says this was important as many existing customer use SketchUp as their main design tool for furniture and other assembled 3-D parts.
For information, visit www.vectric.com.
This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue.