ShopBot Tools
ShopBot Tools

Design Software

To make you quickly productive with your ShopBot, we provide powerful design software with every tool.

V-Carve Pro

  • Developed specifically for CNC routers
  • Easy to use and master
  • Use for all kinds of applications/work
  • Runs on Windows PC
  • 2D CAD and 2.5D CAM
  • Import 3D models for machining
  • Perfect for v-carving
  • Used by beginners and expert CNC users

VCarve Pro

VCarve Pro V9.0 provides a powerful but intuitive software solution for cutting parts on a ShopBot CNC Router. There are tools for 2D design and calculation of 2D and 2.5D toolpaths and along with the ability to import and toolpath a single 3D model (STL, OBJ etc.). There is also support to import multiple Vectric Clip Art 3D models (V3M) to create 3D assemblies.

The software can import 2D designs from other programs but also provides a full set of drawing and editing tools. The toolpath options cover all typical 2D routing operations such as Profiling, Pocketing, Auto-Inlays and Drilling as well as 2.5D strategies such as V-Carving, Prism carving, Fluting and even a decorative Texturing strategy. For 3D you can Rough and Finish the model and there are options to project 2D and 2.5D toolpaths onto the 3D surface. Each toolpath includes appropriate options to customize the settings and provide a high level of control for different types of operation. In addition all toolpaths can be previewed to show just how the part will look when it is actually cut, this allows instant feedback to allow toolpaths to be further optimized.

VCarve Pro V9.0 includes the functionality demanded for complex work while remaining incredibly easy to use and affordably priced. The software is used by cabinet makers, wood workers, sign makers, prop makers, plastic fabricators, hobbyists and in many other applications.

Fusion 360

  • CAD/CAM by Autodesk
  • Project collaboration in the "cloud"
  • full 3D CAD modeling program
  • Advanced sculpting and rendering
  • Generates 2.5D and 3D toolpaths from 3D models
  • Runs on Windows PC or Mac, with internet connection to the cloud to run some functions
  • Used by engineers and those with modeling software experience

Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool for product development that combines industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package. With Fusion 360 you can quickly iterate on design ideas with sculpting tools to explore form and modeling tools to create finishing features. Engineer your models to test fit and motion; create assemblies, photorealistic renderings, and animations. Fusion 360 also allows you to work in teams in a hybrid environment that harnesses the power of the cloud when necessary and uses local resources when it makes sense.

CAM for Fusion 360 includes 2-, 2.5-, & 3-axis maching so you can create toolpaths to machine your components or create prototypes. The CAM capabilities of Fusion 360 share the same proven CAM kernel as HSMWorks and Inventor HSM™, enabling you to quickly generate toolpaths that cut cycle times, reduce machine and tool wear, and produce the highest-quality finished parts. 2D strategies include drilling, contouring, pocketing, facing, and adaptive clearing. Additionally, 3-axis CAM offers parallel toolpaths, horizontal clearing, penciling, scallop/constant stopover strategies, and spiral/morphed spiral for more organic designs.

At the time of a ShopBot tool purchase you will receive a code to register and activate your Autodesk Fusion 360 FREE 1-year commercial account. After the 1 year free commercial subscription ends you will be prompted to identify yourself as a hobbyist/maker or a professional. For hobbyists the subscription will remain free. Professionals will need to pay for subscription (rates published by Autodesk) at the time the 1 year subscription is complete.

Additional Software sold through ShopBot

Vectric Aspire

Aspire provides a powerful but intuitive software solution for creating and cutting parts on a CNC router. There are tools for 2D design and calculation of 2D toolpaths such as profiling, pocketing, and drilling as well as 2.5D toolpaths including; V-Carving, prism carving, moulding toolpaths, fluting and even a decorative texturing strategy.
What makes Aspire Vectric's premium package is the added 3D design tools which enable you to create your own 3D relief models and machine them with 3D machining strategies. Aspire’s unique 3D modeling tools coupled with the comprehensive set of 2D design and editing tools make it easy to create your own 2D and 3D parts from scratch as well as the ability to import and edit external 2D and 3D data.

Aspire v10 with a ShopBot Tool purchase, instead of VCarve Pro v10 PRICE $1,500
Aspire v10 (new license) PRICE $1,995

More Details   Download Trial Version from Vectric

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 VCarve Pro V9.0.

(#11129) Rhino 3D Call ShopBot at 1-888-680-4466 to order

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ShopBot Tools, Inc.

Toll Free: 1-888-680-4466

Phone: 919-680-4800
Fax: 919-680-4900

ShopBot Tools, Inc.
3333-B Industrial Drive
Durham, NC 27704

Office Hours
Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm EST

After Hours Tech Support
Monday–Friday: 5pm–9pm EST
Saturday–Sunday: 8am–9pm EST

Office Closure
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