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Carveco = Vectric?

I received an email a few days ago from a software company named “Carveco”. It was an introduction and an offer to pre-invest in CAD software that replaces a product called ArtCAM. I had not realized that Autodesk had shut down ArtCAM last year. It appears they sold out to this Carveco group. ArtCAM was pretty much the top level program for 2.5 D CAD/CAM in sign making, wood carving, and what I do in my jewelry design. It’s like the super-set of Vectric Aspire

I chose Vectric Aspire because back in the day it was the low-cost alternative. Not true today. Aspire is now around the $2K purchase level.

This Carveco software, like Aspire is not a 3D CAD. But it does artsy things not possible in typical 3D CAD. So, it compliments.

If I were a rich man (tweedle-tweedle-tweedle-dee) {Fiddler on the roof} this looks like the time to jump into this software… BUT it has no track record. It’s like investing in a bootstrap start-up business, which is exactly what it is. I also don’t need to maintain two similar applications.

I always suspected Aspire may share some code with ArtCAM and (now) these Carveco boys. There are many similar features that work the same. And they are both based in England. I needed to see how close together they are located. Could it be the Vectric folks formed this group when ArtCAM was fading?

They are quite close to each other. Outside Birmingham between Worchester and Coventry.

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This is only supposition, totally my investigation into what could be an obvious advantage to Vectric or… very close competition. ArtCAM was always praised as superior to Aspire. However, Aspire has a very strong and loyal user community including myself.

I sent an email to Vectric Ltd, as I feel certain I am not the only Customer who has noted the close relationship.

Here is the reply from Daniel Swatton at Vectric Ltd.:

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for the email.

There is no relationship between the two other than Vectric was started by ex ArtCAM employees back in 2006 – hence the close proximity of the two companies.

CarveCo. was also started by recent ex ArtCAM employees but is not related to Vectric in any way

Thanks for the contact.

Kind Regards DAN

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