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#[[Downloading_and_installing_instructions_for_V-Carve_Makerspace_Edition|Install VCarve Pro - FREE for MakerFX Members]]
#[[Downloading_and_installing_instructions_for_V-Carve_Makerspace_Edition|Install VCarve Pro - FREE for MakerFX Members]]
#[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnJKh1obXXM What is a vector?]
#[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnJKh1obXXM What is a vector?]
#[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDlrx173pu0 2D vs 2.5D vs 3D Carving Explained]
#[https://youtu.be/qnOmsJZMiTg VCarve Pro Job Setup]
#[https://youtu.be/qnOmsJZMiTg VCarve Pro Job Setup]
#[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN4PyB-iIKE Example sign and toolpaths?]
#[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN4PyB-iIKE Example sign and toolpaths?]

Revision as of 05:42, 26 November 2020


REMEMBER To Reserve Time!

Various tools such as the Epilog laser, 3D Printers, and X-Carve CNC need to be reserved before using the tool. Click here for the MakerFX Tool Reservation System.



This machine can be dangerous if used improperly resulting in serious bodily injury or damage to the machine. Minors are prohibited from using the Forest CNC or X-Carve CNC without the supervision of a trained and certified MakerFX member. The use of the Forest CNC and X-Carve CNC machines at MakerFX is limited to only those individuals who:

  1. Have attended a training class
  2. Been certified to use the machine
  3. Take the necessary safety precautions such as wearing close toed shoes, safety glasses and snug fitting clothing.


CNC Users must purchase and use their own tooling. Refer to step #3 below for an explanation of what tooling is required and links to recommended items.

Step 1: Design in VCarve (or Import Design)

Step 2: Prepare Design for CNC

Step 3: Operate the CNC

Step 4: Piece Finishing

Forest RMF CNC Router.jpg
CNC Finishing.jpg

VCarve Pro Beginners Start Here

  1. Install VCarve Pro - FREE for MakerFX Members
  2. What is a vector?
  3. 2D vs 2.5D vs 3D Carving Explained
  4. VCarve Pro Job Setup
  5. Example sign and toolpaths?
  6. Bits and End Mills for Beginners
  7. Inventables: Bits 101
  8. MakerFX How-to: V-Carve Tutorial
  9. Resizing and Copying Objects

Vectric Tutorials

  1. Text Creation Guide
  2. VCarve Toolpath Guide
  3. Pocket Toolpath Guide
  4. Chamfer Toolpath Guide

Importing Designs

  1. Importing CRV Files - VCarve Pro files
  2. Importing STL Files
  3. Importing DXF Files
  4. Importing Bitmap Files

Intermediate VCarve Pro

  1. Gadget library - make designing easier
  2. Basic Text Project

Advanced VCarve Pro

  1. Intro to 3D Carving
  2. 3D Carving Workflow with Tool Change
  3. V-Carve Inlay Technique
  4. Heart Shaped Box
  5. Cribbage Board

Project Ideas

CNC Project Ideas


  1. Forest RMF CNC Router
  2. X-Carve 1000mm CNC Router
  3. MakerFX How-to: Squaring the X-Carve y-axis at startup
  4. YouTube: V Bits Explained
  5. YouTube: Endmills and Collets Explained

Router Bits (aka Endmills)

  1. Whitside 1/4", Router Bit Starter Kit, 5-piece
  2. Amana Tool Starter Kit, 8-piece
  • Individual Bits
  1. Whiteside 1/4", 2 Flute, Down Cut Spiral Bit (RD2100)
  2. Whitside 1/4", 2 Flute, Up Cut Spiral Bit (RU2100)
  3. Whiteside 1/4", V-Groove 60-Degree Router Bit


  1. Painting using vinyl mask
  2. Indian Motorcycle Sign
  3. Personalized Garage Sign

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