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Vector: instruction videos about vector machining.

The Vector videos will teach you how to use DeskProto for Vector machining: calculating toolpaths based on curves in a 2D drawing. They will show the user interface, how to import a drawing, orientate it, calculate toolpaths and save these in an NC program file. Also the important concept of roughing and finishing will be explained.

You can also find basic information about vector machining in Lessons 1 and 7 of the printed or PDF DeskProto Tutorial.

1. Xmas tree postcard tutorial video

This video introduces the basic concepts of DeskProto: load a vector drawing, orientate ans scale it and calculate toolpaths   (12 min).


This video gives a sneak preview of 2D CAM in DeskProto V7. A Preview, as is was made in Dec 2017, when beta testing had just started. It features machining a Christmas postcard: wishing you all a very happy Christmas ! A Vector project is started, a DXF drawing is loaded, Profiling toolpaths with support tabs are generated for the outline of the trees and Pocketing toolpaths for the text.

DeskProto always has been very strong in 3D CAM, even for the most complex freeform geometries. However, until Version 7 2D CAM had been neglected in DeskProto: only very limited 2D options were available. DeskProto Version 7.0 has changed that and offers real CAM for 2D, for 3D and for Bitmap reliefs. Three CAM programs for the price of one :-)

This video applies to all editions of DeskProto (Free, Entry, Expert and Multi-Axis).
Note though that in the Free Edition only the outline of the tree can be machined (Profiling), not the text. For the text Pocketing toolpaths are needed, that are not present in the Free edition.