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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

The Split is Acomplished

There is now a division between Ramblin’ Dan and The Hobbyist’s Machine Shop postings. I have split off almost all the material within Ramblin’ Dan that was directed to my activities in the machine and work shop. There is a link to that information in the right hand column under Dan’s Retreats labeled A THMS Blog.

I may eventually have the URL for the THMS web site point to the blog rather than the website. The “front door” to the website will be through the blog.

A blog has proven to be a great place to post short snap shots of my workshop activities. So rather […] Continue reading » The Split is Acomplished

Cold Cathode

I have been experimenting with cold cathode lighting for use with the Lithophanes. This is just a setup on the work bench. This looks like it will be a superb method of displaying these carvings. This picture layout is a bit crude but you can see all the parts. Two bulbs on the foil and the high voltage balast in the small shiney box (with ears). It is potted with black tar-like material. The systems is actually powered by a 12V DC “wall wart” power supply off camera.

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