In order to assist in the learning curve of the CarveWright System, we have compiled our tutorial information into a linear learning guide. This guide will start at the beginning, teaching you how to use the system, and progress into more advanced features, accessories, and add-ons.  The linear progression of tutorials will help users build upon knowledge as they move through the lessons creating a sensible context and frame of reference. For your convenience, we have made the entire document available for download, but also separated the document into individual chapters for quicker reference.

 

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Introduction – CarveWright CNC System

  • What is CNC?
  • Hardware Terms
  • Software Terms
  • Overview of the CarveWright Machine
  • CarveWright CNC Machine
  • Project Designer Software
  • Add-on Software Modules
  • Accessories
  • What Can the CarveWright CNC Do?
  • Types of Projects
  • Capacity of the CW
  • Acceptable Materials

Chapter 1 – Getting Started

  • Before You Begin Carving
  • How to Design Your Project
  • Trash In = Trash Out
  • Determine Project Size
  • Project Designer Basics
  • Project Designer Basic & Pro
  • Step-by-Step Tutorials
  • Proper Preparation of Materials
  • Board Preparation
  • The 7 Inch Rule
  • Carving A Project
  • Select Your Project
  • Project Orientation
  • Insert Workpiece
  • Quick Project Setup

Chapter 2 – Carving Signs and Lithophanes

  • Tutorial – Overview of Text Tools
  • True Type Fonts
  • Using the Text Tool
  • Project Optimization
  • Draft
  • Feather
  • Bit Optimization
  • Fine Tuning
  • Depth
  • Height
  • Tutorial – Live Laugh Love
  • Spring Bloom
  • Winter Snowflake
  • Martian Ray Gun
  • House Number Sign
  • Importing Images and Making Lithopanes
  • Resolution
  • Importing Images
  • Creating a Lithopane
  • Suggestions for Photographs
  • The Art of Making Lithopanes
  • Making A “Sled” or “Jig” for Litho Carving

Chapter 3 – Dynamic Surfacing

  • Summer Sun
  • Pierced Wind Grill
  • Carving Cutouts
  • Red Rooster Coffee
  • Home of the Brave
  • Curved Box Side
  • Lighthouse Welcome Pt 1
  • Lighthouse Welcome Pt 2

Chapter 4 – Project Designer PRO

  • Materials Tool
  • Background options
  • Materials Menu Options
  • Make Vector Group
  • Pattern Along Trajectory Tool
  • Creating a Trajectory
  • Applying the Carving Elements to the Trajectory
  • Applying a Pattern to the Trajectory
  • Specifying the Number of Instances in the Pattern
  • Specifying Where the Pattern Group is Placed on the Trajectory
  • Specifying the Pattern Group Position Above or Below the Trajectory

Chapter 5 – The Importers

  • DXF Importer
  • DXF File Format
  • Getting DXF Files
  • Make Your Own DXF File
  • STL Importer
  • STL File Format
  • Getting STL Files
  • Make Your Own STL File

Chapter 6 – The Suites

  • Vector Drawing Suite
  • Smart Spline
  • Trim Tool
  • Offset Path
  • Copy Offset
  • Import Tracing Image
  • Change Form Selectors
  • Change Tangency Selectors
  • Pattern Modeling Suite
  • Puffing Tool
  • Sweeps
  • Extrude
  • Revolve
  • Tilt Tool
  • Sweep with Rails

Chapter 7 – Pattern Sculptor

  • Uses for Pattern Sculptor
  • Clean up patterns
  • Add or Remove Details
  • Make 3D to Relief

Chapter 8 – Accessories

  • Scanning Probe
  • Installation
  • Placing Object on a Scanning Sled
  • Inserting the Scanning Sled
  • Jogging the Scanning Probe
  • Setting the Scan Area
  • Setting the Scan Options
  • Accessing the Scan Data
  • General Tips and Helpful Reminders
  • Building A Scanning Sled
  • Rotary Jig
  • Sanding Mops
  • Assembly

Chapter 9 – Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Chapter 10 – Quick Tool Reference Guide