Design and Make


(William Adams) #1

As I understand it, this was a 3rd party site selling 3D files for Vectric software which the company bought:

http://www.designandmake.com/

Basically you go to: http://www.designandmake.com/index.php/software/

and download the software, ‘Design & Make Machinist’ and install it, then you can access the free content: https://store.designandmake.com/search/search?returnType=search&pageSize=24&q=Free&_csrf=174e0a2c-3a9c-4b10-ae72-8c39de83da3d

after making an account: https://store.designandmake.com/register

but of course, what they really want you to do is to purchase files, which is how they monetize.


(William Adams) #2

They offer a couple of different file formats:

The files seem to be provided in a .exe archive which unloads them at: C:\Users\Public\Documents\Vectric Files\Design&Make

Note that there is an option to indicate which Vectric software you own so that the web site will indicate which files you already own.

Launch the application — you can manually load the file if you know its name and location by navigating to it — given the obscure filenames, it’s a shame that there isn’t some sort of interactive browsing option other than the web interface.


(William Adams) #3

Once you have loaded a file you will get a 3D preview:

Click the Next button

Adjust size and placement as desired

Click the Next button again

Select a suitable endmill and assign suitable feeds and speeds for the roughing toolpath using a chart: http://docs.carbide3d.com/support/#tooling-support chipload calculator, or by testing: https://precisebits.com/tutorials/calibrating_feeds_n_speeds.htm

Click Next

Repeat for the finishing pass:

If desired, add a toolpath to cut out the 3D design all the way through the specified stock:

(you would skip that if machining the design in place on the stock)

Click Next

Simulate and verify the toolpaths:

Click Next

Select a suitable post-processor and save the file for machining:

Apparently the only option is a .v3m file which you can then load into Vectric software (Cut2D is the least expensive specified) — rather than allow directly opening, the file has to be imported, then one can arrange toolpaths as desired — which seems rather redundant given the need to assign endmills, feeds, speeds, and post-processor in Design and Make.

Articles on Vectric about it:

http://support.vectric.com/aspire-questions/item/how-to-open-v3m-files-in-aspire

Mystified that Design and Make makes one assign everything needed for machining but won’t write out a G-Code file. See https://store.designandmake.com/machinist — apparently this is so as to allow Cut2D (which usually only does 2.5D) to cut these 3D files: http://support.vectric.com/aspire-questions/item/can-i-open-files-from-other-vectric-programs


(Tex Lawrence) #4

So, is the only solution to buy Vectric software?


(William Adams) #5

I believe that you could:

  • make an account
  • download a file as an STL or pixel image file
  • use an opensource CAM tool such a pyCAM, or a free one such as FreeMill

(Evan Day) #6

I will say that Design and Make integrates nicely with Vectric products such as VCarve Desktop. I have purchased several models and have been very happy with them.