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This video pack is intended to teach you how to make your own guitars in Aspire or VCarve.
The content of these videos does not follow a step by step of the same guitar model from start to finish.

The reason for this is because each guitar you are going to make will have different situations and just following the process of a single guitar will not make you know how to make any one.
It would be very convenient for me to make a step by step video showing me making just one guitar.
It is well known that free video creators are comfortable with presenting a guitar that flows easily on their screen. That's because this one has already made this guitar and already knows what to do.
But when you are going to apply these same techniques on a totally different guitar, you will certainly experience enormous difficulty.

This series of short and objective videos was made to introduce you to the main features we use in Vectric's software to make a guitar.
You'll learn how each feature works and as you make your own guitar model, you'll know what to do because you know each of the software's tools well.

 

 

 

VCarve is identical to Aspire being different from it for not having the modeling tools.

 

The following modules are for Aspire or VCarve, but because they have many features in common, it was difficult to separate one tutorial from the other.

 

Except for the modules where the top image have not VCarve logo,  they will not be useful for VCarve.
But anyway, it's interesting to know the differences between Aspire and VCarve in terms of curiosity and learning.

 

 

 

MODULE 1

1 Import vectors and make corrections
2 Separate Elements for each layer
3 Separating Top and Bottom Elements
4 Separating Body and Neck
5 Cutting Bitmaps
Total Time: 23:55 min
Files
Body Toolpath Organization​ Aspire
Body Toolpath Organization.ToolpathTemplate​
Body Aspire
Neck Aspire
Fretboard.dxf

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MODULE 2

1 Scaling the guitar - vectros and bitmaps
2 Making the body contorn
3 Tool Box
Total Time: 26:10
Files
back guitar.png
front guitar 1.png
front guitar 2.png
body details 1.png
body details 2.png
Guitar-images.Aspire
Vectors from images.Aspire

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MODULE 3

1 Organization of Tools
2 Organizing Toolpaths
3 Different Ways to save GCodes part 1
4 Different ways to save GCodes part 2
5 Saving double sided GCodes
6 The importance of the initial organization of the toolpath tree
7 Short Tips - Importing toolpaths with subgroups
8 What are we going to use Toolpaths
9 Cutting parameters Feeds and Speeds
Total Time: 33:30 min
No files

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MODULE 4

1 Main tools to create Surfaces
2 Component Properties
3 Basic Shape Functions
4 Relief on a centerline
5 Basic funtions of 2 Rails Sweep
6 Selection and Cutting Functions
7 Turning a vector
8 Combination of Components
Total time: 23:11 min
Files
4.4 Relief on a centerline
4.5 Basic 2 rails sweep
4.8 Combination of Components

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MODULE 5

1 Create body with Shape
2 Body relief with cliparts
3 Creating Arm rest
4 Arm rest with molding toolpath
5 Arm rest with Clipart and Clipping VCarve
6 Softbelly with Shape
7 Softbelly relief with center line
8 Softbelly with 2 rails sweep
Total time: 49:30 min
Files
5.1 Aspire
5.2 Body relief with cliparts VCarve
5.3 Create Arm rest Aspire
5.4 Arm rest  relief with cliparts VCarve
Rickenbacker Body solid.stl

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MODULE 6

1 Body chanfer
2 Body chamfer on VCarve
Total time: 09:56 min
Files
6.2 Body chamfer on VCarve
6.3 Body chanfer on Aspire

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MODULE 7

1 Pocket neck
2 Pocket to angled neck 2 rails sweep
3 Angled pocket with clipart
Total Time: 16:13 min

Files:
7.1 Gibson-SG-Special VCarve
7.3 Gibson-SG-Special-origin Aspire

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MODULE 8

1 Refining yo
ur toolpaths Neck
2 Refining your toolpaths Body
Total 30:10 min
Files
10.2 Refining Roughing Toolpaths VCarve

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MODULE 9 

1 Archtops on Aspire part 1

 2 Archtops on Aspire part 2
3 Archtops on Aspire part 3
Total 1:37:48
Files
Video 1 Aspire
Video 2 Aspire
Video 3 Extra Aspire
Extra DXF

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MODULE 10

1 Making a neck on Aspire - short version with narration - 13:40 min
2 Make shape neck on Aspire - Uncut version - without narration - 2:14:55 min
Extra
Shape Neck Aspire VS Moi3D - Making on Moi3D the same process from Aspire 9:54 min
Total Time: 3 hours

Files
10.2.3dm
Lines for VCarve or Aspire 10.5
10.1 Refining Roughing Toolpaths VCarve
Sweep - Aspire
plane.stl
Smoothed Neck.stl
Video 10.0.0 Shape neck on Aspire export to 3.5.dxf
Front neck.stl
Video 10.0.0 Shape neck on Aspire export to 3.5.dxf

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Aspire is not 3D software but 2.5D software.

 

Unfortunately they don't make this very clear and many people after buying it note that it will not be possible to make bodies and especially necks the correct way due to lack of resources.
It is possible to have satisfactory results with Aspire regarding necks, but almost always something after machining will have to be done to arrive at a desired finish.

If you want a complete and affordable software I recommend Moi3D.

Why Moi3D?

With it you will make all your guitars in a very intuitive way.
Its surfaces have excellent fluidity and the welds between the different parts that make up the neck and body shapes are very smooth.
Its interface is clean and easy to understand.
With just a few hours of use you get used to it and start to have very good results.
Other software that fulfills this function well are Rhinoceros and Fusion 360, but these are much more difficult to learn and if you reach the same results as with Moi3D, you will arrive in much less study time.

Moi3d has all the features you get from Rhino through its hundreds of commands.
Rhino can be a better decision if you intend to do work with a high technical level and later use its CAM plugin for your machining.
About Fusion 360 I always say that this software is only used a lot due to Autodesk's wise marketing strategy with the possibility of having it used for a free year, student license, among others.
But in my opinion Fusion is complicated (and expensive) for artists, guitar makers looking for objectivity and fast and satisfying results. And I still add that to this day I have never seen a really natural looking guitar made on it.

I used it myself for 6 months and stopped using it, even though I have experience in SolidWorks with plastic injection mold work. I definitely didn't like Fusion and I don't recommend it. But for those who already use it, they will defend it. But this is a personal matter.
If you still don't use Fusion and don't feel seduced by the fact that you use it for free for a while, if you have time to dedicate yourself to your studies, don't be in a hurry to start making money with your guitars made at CNC I recommend you to evaluate using Rhino or Moi3D.

TUTORIAL COMPLETE IN COMING
 
=======MOI3D V5 =======
in August

 

 


MODULE 1 (BASIC UPDATED)
Introducing Moi3D
Customizing colors, objects and commands.
Summary of all features needed to make a guitar.
Detailing each feature from the previous video with practical examples.
Making the body.
Making the fretboard.
Several ways to make the neck shape.
MODULE 2
Making a Fender-style neck.
Making a Gibson-style neck.
Making an acoustic guitar style neck.
Making an Ibanez style top.
Making a Les Paul style top.
Some pickup designs to machine and print with resin.
Some projects for brass machining.

=======RHINOCEROS V7 =======
in October



How to make your guitar with Moi3D

 The introducing videos are already done and available


How Make Your Own Guitar with Aspire 3.5

Now this pack is included in the new Make your Guitar with VCarve and Aspire


Video shows all the steps of creating a guitar in Aspire. The version of Aspire is 3.5

The guitar is completely made on Aspire resources. It is not done nothing out of the Aspire. All that can be seen in the video, was created within the software.

This video is revealing and nothing is hidden. You really learn to make your guitar.
The video has subtitles in English



The guitar is the same file generated during the video.
The guitar made during the video was based on an Ibanez model but to show resources from Aspire some aspect was modified.
This is important for you analyze all aspects of construction and results.

 

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