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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 […] Continue reading » Carveco = Vectric?


I just spent two days at the Vectric Users meeting over by the DFW airport here in Dallas. Vectric produces several CNC designer products (I have them all) but their premiere product Aspire (especially) is the creatived software I use the most to design and create the complex forms I machine with my HB2 router machine. The results are the Lithophanes, carved wood signs, 3-D sculptures and 2-D components I make on my machines.

I discovered I am fairly competent with the operation of the programs but no way near expert (yet) 🙂 The two day session shared a lot of information from the creators of […] Continue reading » Vectric

Some Call It Art

I have posted a new blog to display my creative output. Here is the URL :

This will not be a “how-to” effort like my other websites. I intend to limit it to the display of the end product of my creative and artistic efforts. My plans include items I will make for sale and perhaps take request for custom work. It will be like a low key merchant site. Then again, it will be mostly a show off site. 🙂

I have experimented with some e-commerce plug-ins and they will work. I don’t think that feature will be turned on any time soon but it is good […] Continue reading » Some Call It Art

Tessa’s 1st Year Present

I made my granddaughter’s first year birthday present. You can see it here in the picture. It is one of the first projects to be totally finished after being carved on my home made HB2, 3-D router.

I thought about making this when she was first born, a year ago. But the HB2 was still in the design stages. I did think at the time this was the sort of thing that would be perfect as a project.

Everything including Tessa is homemade in this project. 🙂 I don’t take full credit for Tessa… maybe 25% of her […] Continue reading » Tessa’s 1st Year Present

Calendar Check

Over the weekend I got the HB2 Router into a full production run on a carving for the first time. At last it is a living breathing (well not exactly) machine. It has been a long time getting to this point but the results were well worth the effort. I think the machine itself is a mechanical wonder just looking at it.

I chose a very detailed and difficult design to be the first run on the machine. It is the Aztec calendar that most people recognize. There were a few flaws with the run, but the intent was not a perfect output but a very good test of how […] Continue reading » Calendar Check