Design Software


VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition v7.510 and PartWorks 3D v1.002

Design software suite included with all new ShopBots

VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition is a CAD/CAM program that will get you started quickly designing for CNC cutting and machining. This 2.5D design system has a highly acclaimed interface that makes it easy to get your ideas and designs ready for your ShopBot to cut.

In addition to doing great cutting of 2D parts, VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition has excellent capabilities for 3D V-Carving (machining that gives letters and shapes a chiseled look; also referred to as Intaglio or 3D Engrave). It allows anyone with a ShopBot CNC tool to quickly and easily incorporate beautiful, decorative carved designs into their own products. VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition has the ability to V-carve any fonts on your computer as well as closed shapes. It also includes advanced machining strategies for large areas and difficult-to-machine patterns.

With this upgrade, PartWorks is officially changing its name to VCarvePro ShopBot Edition. It's always been the same program but the versions done for ShopBot generate only .sbp files. The difference in names and version numbers has created a bit of confusion in the past especially when someone wanted to demo the program. The upgrade is free to those who have purchased since January 2012 and $150 for those with earlier versions. If you think you are eligible for the free upgrade and have not received an email about this, contact Dianne at ShopBot. Note that PartWorks 3D is not changing names nor has it been updated.

Learn about features of VCarve Pro

PartWorks 3D, which will allow you to create 3D cutting files from models created in your favorite 3D modeling program or downloaded from the web. Machine 3D models from one, two or four sides. Slice models to create more depth.

Learn about the Features of PartWorks 3D

(#11008) VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition and PartWorks 3D; INCLUDED WITH ALL NEW SHOPBOTS; PRICE $795 (when sold separately)

(#11011) Upgrade to current VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition ...Call
(#11010) VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition /PartWorks3D upgrade For PartWizard/MillWizard owners; PRICE $745

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Get Carving Quickly (Bonus Package)

3D cutting, machining and sculpting are impressive capabilities a ShopBot CNC tool will bring to your shop.  All ShopBots have full 3D capability, and the high speed motion of PRS ShopBots make them excellent for efficient 3D work.  We commissioned VectorArt3D to create a set of introductory projects to get you quickly doing 3D carving with your ShopBot.  This 3D package includes a set of 5 projects (six 3D models) as well as video tutorials that will get you successfully carving quickly. The projects have files ready for you to easily customize in PartWorks and optimized for cutting on your ShopBot. 

Detailed description of Package

(#11157) Get Carving Quickly; INCLUDED WITH ALL NEW SHOPBOTS; PRICE $99 (when sold separately)

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Autodesk 123D

Free 3D Modeling Software

The Autodesk 123D family is free* products that connect simple 3D modeling tools together with content, community, and fabrication services, so anyone can create, explore, and make their project.

  • 123D—A free solid modeling tool for moving quickly from 3D model to 3D print
  • 123D Catch—Automatically convert ordinary photos into extraordinary 3D models leveraging the power of the cloud.
  • 123D Make—Transform 3D models into a cut pattern with animated assembly instructions for making artful physical creations.
  • 123D Sculpt—Sculpt and paint interesting and realistic 3D shapes with your fingers digitally on the iPad.

Vectric Aspire V3.0 now available

Vectric's new 3D modeling and CNC machining software - the easiest way to convert a 2D drawing into high quality 3D relief and CNC toolpaths! Aspire's new and unique 3D component construction tools make it quick and easy to create your own 3D shapes from drawings and sketches and to work with existing 3D CAD and clipart models.  Aspire is perfect for designing and machining 3D projects such as carved decorative panels and doors, swept flourishes and appliqués, custom millwork, architectural moldings, dimensional signage, bespoke company logos, jewelry pieces, custom gifts and awards.

Go to Vectric's website for more information on What's New in version 3.0.

You can also download a free trial version.

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Vectric VCarve Pro, Cut 3D, and Photo V-Carve

The outstanding Vectric CNC Design Tools (VCarve Pro and Cut 3D) are now included with every new ShopBot as a special version know as PartWorks. For current ShopBot owners, we are able to offer attractive upgrade pricing on the PartWorks package (see above).  We also sell the unique Vectric Photo VCarve, a tool for creating striking v-cut renditions of photographs and similar graphics.  For owners of other CNC tools, we highly recommend the Vectric products, which can be ordered from us.

Feature details. Free trial version available for download.

(#11151) Photo V-Carve; PRICE $149  

(#11150) V-Carve Pro; PRICE $599 
(#11156) Cut 3D; PRICE $299
All three bundled; $947

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ArtCAM Insignia

ArtCAM Insignia is one of the leading design programs for signmaking and engraving, a 2.5D machining solution for professional shops. Advanced V-carving, prismatic letter carving, inlay, and nesting features. Draw your own designs with extensive CAD drawing tools, or import and edit eps, dxf, ai, bmp, tif, jpg and gif files. Then create tool path and export as files ready for cutting on your ShopBot. Outputs ShopBot Part Files and others.

Feature details

(#11099) ArtCAM Insignia – 2.5D CAD/CAM; PRICE $3,000

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ArtCAM Pro

ArtCAM Pro is simply the best software tool available for artistic and creative work with 3D CNC.  It provides unparalleled tools for sculpting and modeling 3D shapes and then generating highly efficient tool paths.  Creative software for sign makers and Woodworkers allows you to easily create 3D products from 2D artwork (bitmap or vector).  ArtCAM Pro includes an extensive clipart library.  Imports for most standard file formats including ai, eps, dwg, dxf, bmp, jpg, tif and gif files.  Outputs ShopBot Part Files and others.

Feature details

(#11105) ArtCAM PRO – 3D CAD/CAM; PRICE $7,500

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VisEdit is a visual editor for ShopBot code created by ShopBotter Jason Fullmer who wanted to make it easier to manually edit ShopBot Part Files.  VisEdit combines a feature-rich text editor with tool path simulation software specifically designed around the ShopBot Part File format (.sbp). These tools allow the user to create and modify part files while getting immediate feedback from the simulation, promoting quick file creation and development. Problems can also be pin-pointed, tested, and fixed immediately. VisEdit allows the user a broad range of customization in many different areas including the code editor, the simulation preview, printing and much more. Jason has generously made this program available free to all ShopBotters.

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CabinetParts Pro

CabinetParts Pro automates and simplifies the creation of toolpath files for standard cabinet components.  While not providing renderings of finished kitchens or projects, it does enable the fast and efficient generation of routine cabinets.  CabinetParts Pro automatically calculates each cabinet component based on cabinet dimensions.  It creates a nested optimization of the components and allows further user manipulation, while outputting dxf and sbp (ShopBot) file types.  Includes many customized features to allow you to set CabinetParts Pro to the way you build cabinets in your shop.

Feature Details Free Intro Version available

(#11145) CabinetParts Pro; PRICE $250    

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Rhino 3D

Rhino is the leading affordable, general-purpose 3D modeling program.  It can be used for any kind of 3D project from making engineering models to creating sculpture (e.g. the ShopBot models on the Product page were done in Rhino).  Rhino has extensive 3D CAD tools and can be used with its own or add-in rendering tools to create impressive representations of objects.  Be aware that it is much more difficult to learn to work in 3D than in 2D or 2.5D (Rhino also does not have the convenient tools of ArtCAM PRO for turning outlines into 3D shapes), but if you are interested in trying 3D modeling, Rhino is the way to go.  Note that Rhino does not export any CNC cutting files.  It will export 3D files that can be turned into a ShopBot Part File or CNC toolpath file by a CAM program such as PartWorks 3D (below).

Feature details

(#11129) Rhino 3D

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Vector Art 3D – Dimensional CNC Clipart

Vector Art 3D has a library of 3D computer models ready to be carved on a ShopBot tool. Their artwork takes the cost and complexity out of producing beautiful carved parts with your machine. The files are compatible with many software packages including PartWorks 3D,  VCarve Pro, ArtCAM Pro, Cut3D, Rhino and many others.  Purchase a single model for from $10 to $75 from Vector Art 3D, or consider one of their collections described below.

Read interview on Vector Art website about how one ShopBotter put this to use. Models from the Sampler Package

The Sampler Collection is a great way to get started with 3D carving and includes 20 mixed models in all three Vector Art 3D styles and 3 file formats.  [Download pdf showing all models.] Replaces the Starter Collection

The Animal Collection is a great product for offering your customers an economical selection of wildlife carvings to add to doors, furniture or other products.  All files come in all Vector Art 3D styles and file formats. [Download pdf (1.1MB) showing all models.]

The Flourish and Ornament Collection includes 100 models in all three Vector Art 3D styles and file formats.  Add custom details to cabinets, furniture, mantels, architectural millwork or any other decorative carved parts with the ready-to-cut files in this collection.  [Download pdf (1.4MB) showing all models]

The Design and Carve Series 1 - Wildlife Scenes is a combination of 3D clipart individual animal and natural scenery models plus video tutorials with step-by-step instructions will teach you how to create complete finished projects such as mantels, door panels, and full-size doors. Requires Aspire software. (Special pricing for purchase of "Wildlife Scenes" and Aspire!) [Download pdf showing all models]

(#11153) Vector Art 3D Starter Collection – 20 models; PRICE $99

(#11154) Vector Art 3D Animal Collection 1 – 50 models; PRICE $499  

(#11158) Vector Art 3D Flourishes + Ornaments Collection – 100 Models; PRICE $299

(#11159) Vector Art 3D Sign Makers Collection – 75 Models; PRICE $199

(#11167) Vector Art 3D Wildlife Scenes; PRICE $495

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Vector Art Mega Collections (1, 2 & 3)

These clip art collections are especially useful for sign making.  There is a lot of 2D clip art available on the web, much of it available for free download.  The problem with these images is that most of them are based on pixels (e.g. jpg, bmp, gif), rather than the vector type entities (lines, circles, arcs; e.g. dxf, dwg) that are needed for CNC toolpaths. Even when you find vector files, they typically are messy, that is, the lines or arcs do not end at common points, there are duplicate or missing lines or other errors that make them difficult to use as the basis of tools paths.  The files in the Vector Art Mega Collections were created with CNC cutting in mind.  All files contain vector entities and they are clean and ready to use in signs, carvings, awards, wall designs and other projects.

More details

(#11141) Vector Art Mega Collection 1; PRICE $249.95

(#11142) Vector Art Mega Collection 2; PRICE $249.95

(#11143) Vector Art Mega Collection 3; PRICE $249.95

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