Vectric VCarve?

I was asked if I was using Vertric by a person selling a 3d model, I said I wasn’t.
A little digging and I find out vectric has a number of products under that name. It seems VCarve is ideal for CNC routers.
Is it the best? Is there something better? What’s your opinion on it?

Check over at the Vectric forum for lots of experienced users:

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I bought a license a while back, and updated it a few times.

It works well, but I found it fussy and the interface cluttered.

(ob. discl., I work for Carbide 3D)

Carbide Create Pro has the ability to import a 3D STL or pixel image depth map to make a 3D file:

And it does not run natively on a Mac. Until it does, I’m not interested. You need Parallels (which I’ve had in the past, but they keep pimping you for paid upgrades when new Mac OS versions are released). Or you need Boot Camp if you have an Intel-based Mac.


As a person who used to repair Apple products, I have been permanently put off using any Apple products for the foreseeable future.
But thanks for the warning. It will be useful for others who check out this thread.


Vectric products are designed to run on Windows PCs. It makes sense to use a PC to run Vectric products.

I did just that and work on a PC in addition to my Mac system. You can produce anything you want bad enough in Vcarve Pro. There is a limited Desktop variation also.

If you have a good graphics card, their software takes advantage of that hardware and speeds everything up.

Vectric has always priced their products so that what ever you buy is like a down payment on the next grade up; you pay the difference to upgrade.

Anyway, it won’t cost you anything to use a trial version at .

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Like most people here I started with Carbide Create which was great for the steep learning curve that I was on at the time, however I really struggled with some aspects of the software.

Two years ago I purchased Vectric v-carve pro and haven’t looked back! So many things became SO much easier that I was more than happy with the one off payment to Vectric.

I appreciate that there have been many upgrades to Create since I moved on but Vectric also continues to improve. Compare the the many videos of the two products and make your decision depending on what you use your cnc for.


Having previously owned a non-Shapeoko product, I worked my way through all the free cad products and eventually opted for a paid Vectric desktop. I now run Aspire, which is often derided as “too expensive”. Is it the best? Depends on what you want to do. For me, it is because I entered the CNC hobby as a graphic designer and I like to create 2d+ carves. Reading most beginner questions, I would call it overkill. But it is wildly enjoyable for those times when I just want to create something and subsequently share it as an STL. But I think it’s like a language in that one will converse fluently in their chosen programs. There seems to be an equivalent number of basic questions in all software forums regardless of the chosen software.


I am going to purchase Aspire myself, Create just doesn’t have the options I want and after seeing firsthand the same signs etc ran off aspire vs. Create7>>> absolutely Aspire wins hands down.

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I prefer V-Carve to do my design work.
I also sell SVG and DXF files on Etsy. I like to be able to change the color of individual Toolpaths and change the Material Colors, etc. I think it helps my listings stand out.
Carbide Create listing:

VS Vectric.


I was using Carbide Pro when my Mac stop working it was time for Windows and I started to invest in vCarve Desktop and I was very happy I did. They have much more tutorials with more details. I was able to do many 3d projects without having to purchase Aspire.



I really don’t think I could’ve pulled these projects off using Carbide Pro with the amount instructions they provide. Vectric just finished having their annual User Group.


Hoping for a Black Friday deal :blush:

Hi I have a shapoko pro 5 and I would like to switch to vectric but I am hesitant since I saw people complaining about the bit changing or bit zero issues what pp did you enter in vectric?

You can use Collars on your bits. That eliminates the need for a Bit Setter.

Please see:

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I’m running a 3XXL with Vectric V-carve pro and CM using the PP(metric) written by @neilferreri. I use a rev 1 Bit Zero and a Bit Setter. They work very well, no issues.


$700 for vcarve pro, $2,000 for aspire. Pay for annual subscription and upgrades? Does it need to be internet connected to work?
Can someone please explain what vcarve pro or aspire can do that $120 Pixelcnc can’t do as good or better?
I have looked at the Vectric products pages and do not see the advantage?
I use Carbide Create Pro, Pixelcnc and lightburn. As far as what I have seen users ask for, Pixel has it all.
Carbide Create is (imo) best for straight forward design work. Pixel is better for 3d and such. Lightburn has a good set of options for image manipulation.

Maturity, stability, ease of use, and no required internet connection were primary considerations for me. V-carve pro was not cheap but it includes free updates thru the next major release, then there will be an upgrade cost to get to the next version. They are expecting a big UI overhaul with better graphics probably for the next major rev. When I switched to primarily using V-Carve pro, CC Pro was just rolling out and the feature set was just not extensive enough to justify the cost (at the time). I was also having issues with large V-carve projects not calculating toolpaths, this has been fixed in newer versions. V-carve didn’t have an issue and added rest machining to v-carves so I could use several different tools to increase efficiency and reduce times. I am still a fan of CC and use the free version for quick and easy projects, and I’m keeping an eye on the evolving feature set of CC Pro. Pixel CNC looks interesting but it was not on my radar a few years ago.

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