Make Guitars with Aspire or VCarve Learn how to make your own guitar design for CNC with VCarve and Aspire 11

Course description

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.

What will students learn in your course?

A course that teaches you to think how to make guitars.
It's not just a step-by-step guide, but important information on how to create any guitar you want.
You will learn in short and objective videos how to use the main features of Vectric, Aspire and VCarve software. This will help you make any guitar you want.
It is very comfortable for some teachers to teach how to make a single guitar, but he is not teaching anything. This course will make you a real professional!

What are the requirements or prerequisites for taking your course?

You need to have some knowledge of guitar making and already have some contact with your CNC.
Computer, notebook or tablet.


Vectric's tutorial to help you about very basic instructions.

Who is this course for?

Introduction about the course

The series of videos you will watch was designed to be short and to the point.
They are not those videos where teaching is done in real time with a lot of speech making learning tiring and complicated.
The content is dynamic

Don't worry if you think it's fast. If you are totally new to Aspire or VCarve I advise you to watch modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then go back and rewatch each of the videos making stops to practice what you see.

Try to do the exact same steps in the video first and then practice them your own way.

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Some guitars in the list have not VCarve version. Look at in the top of this page if this guitar will open on your software.

This guitar will not open on Aspire / VCarve 10.5 or previous

Module 1 - Vectros and Bitmaps - Aspire / VCarve
What will students be able to do at the end of this section?
This module shows you the basics of starting your guitar.

Module 1 - Class 1.1
1.1 Import vectors and make corrections

Usually PDF, DWG and DXF blueprints found on the internet for free or for sale, rarely come ready to use.
Sometimes these lines have gaps, duplications, continuity gaps, straight segments where they should be curves and so on.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 1 - Class 1.2
1.2 Separate Elements for each layer

Start from the beginning to organize the elements of your work.
Depending on the project this can be very confusing if you don't.
In this video you will see how to keep your work organized by keeping each guitar part organized in different layers.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 1 - Class 1.3
1.3 Separating Top and Bottom Element

In this video you will see how to separate your vectors into different sides.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 1 - Class 1.4
1.4 Separating Body and Neck

Separate and organize your guitar into parts.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 1 - Class 1.5
1.5 Auto vectros from Bitmaps

The subject for artistic purposes is quite vast and requires a deeper study, but the one used for guitars is quite simple.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 2 - The preparations Starting the guitar - Aspire / VCarve
What will students be able to do at the end of this section?
As the topics covered here are of paramount importance, it is separated into an exclusive module.

Module 2 - Class 2.1
2.1 Making the body contorn

see how to make the vectors that outline the body smoothing properly with the node editor. The way presented here also helps in a good quality export to a 3D software.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 2 - Class 2.2
2.2 Scaling the guitar - vectors and bitmaps

Scaling components on the Vectric precisely to match the correct fret distances is not an easy task.
See the best way to do it bypassing the software limitation.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.


Module 2 - Class 2.3
2.3.0 Tool Box

Discover the toolbox and prepare for the next module.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 3 - Everything about the toolpath before start - Aspire / VCarve
Everything important from basics to advanced so you can machine your guitar from simple to complex.

Module 3 - Class 3.1
3.1 Organization of Tools

Organize your bits in order of size or work sequence, define different behaviors for the same bit in different types of materials, define groups of tools for different machines.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.
Module 3 - Class 3.2
3.2 Organizing Toolpaths

Sometimes a guitar can have many toolpaths.
Some jobs can exceed 30 of them and if the organization is not well done from the beginning you can find yourself lost later on.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 3 - Class 3.3
3.3 Different Ways to Save GCodes Part 1

See the possibilities of sending the GCodes to your CNC.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 3 - Class 3.4
3.4 Different ways to sage GCodes Part 2

See the possibilities of sending the GCodes to your CNC.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 3 - Class 3.5
3.5 Saving double sided GCodes

See how to automatically save GCodes from both sides and how to organize them in their folders.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 3 - Class 3.6
3.6 The importance of the initial organization of the toolpath tree

Organize your toolpaths into groups and subgroups to make your work even easier.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 3 - Class 3.7
3.7 Short Tips - Importing Toolpath Templates with Groups and Subgroups

Important tips for not making a mistake when importing toolpaths saved as templates.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 3 - Class 3.8
3.8 What are we going to use Toolpaths

For guitar machining, a minimum of toolpaths will be recommended in this video so that your machining is complete and well done.
But stay tuned for other videos (previous and following) that teach you how to make complex routes too.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 3 - Class 3.9
3.9 Cutting parameters Feeds and Speeds

Bit parameters, numbers of cuts, speed, plunges, sidesteps, etc.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 4 - Understanding relief features Aspire
The videos in this module teach you every modeling feature used in guitars.

Module 4 - Class 4.1
4.1 Main features to create Surfaces

Aspire has many modeling features for artistic purposes, but for guitars, some of them are relevant and others will be used on one or the other guitar rarely.
In this series you will see which are the really important features that you should take care to familiarize yourself with as best as possible. After each video, practice what you learned in this Module.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 4 - Class 4.2
4.2 Component Properties

Principles of component properties.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.
Module 4 - Class 4.3
4.3 Basic Shape Functions

Basics of what the Shape tool does.

When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 4 - Class 4.4
4.4 Relief on a centerlineHow to use Center Line Relief.

When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 4 - Class 4.5
Basic funtions of 2 Rails Sweep

The most important feature for making guitar embossing.
How the "2 Rails Sweep" works to make Reliefs on your guitar.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 4 - Class 4.6
4.6 Selection and Cutting FunctionsA resource you will always use.

When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 4 - Class 4.7
4.7 Turning a vector.

A resource that can help you in projects with little importance the 3D results of the neck and that will help you in these cases.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 4 - Class 4.8
4.8 Combination of Components

Another very important point that you study, that you practice.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 5 - Creating guitar shapes Aspire / VCarve
This module shows the creation of body shapes with vectors, toolpaths and reliefs.

Module 5 - Class 5.1
5.1 Making a body with Shape

Use the shape shaping tool to make the guitar body.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 5 - Class 5.2
5.2 Body relief with cliparts VCarve or Aspire

You can use Cliparts to make the guitar body shapes. This is an alternative for those who use VCarve and don't have the modeling tools.
But in some situations, even in Aspire, this method is necessary at some point.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 5 - Class 5.3
5.3 Creating Arm rest reliefsUse the modeling tools to make the arm rest.

When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 5 - Class 5.3.1
5.3.1 Softbelly with Shape

Use the modeling tools to make the softbelly.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 5 - Class 5.3.2
5.3.2 Softbelly relief with center line

When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 5 - Class 5.3.3
5.3.3 Softbelly with 2 rails sweep

With this tool it is possible to create different curvatures and heights between two lines.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 5 - Class 5.4
5.4 Arm rest with molding toolpath

This video shows a way to do roughing and finishing machining without the need to use modeling tools.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 5 - Class 5.5
5.5 Creating Arm rest with Cliparts

Use Clipart elements to make simple slopes on your guitar body.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 6 - Making chamfers on the body Aspire / Vcarve
How you can create chamfers on the guitar body

Module 6 - Class 6.1
6.1 Body chanfer

How to make chamfers in Aspire.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 6 - Class 6.2
6.2 Body chamfer on VCarve and AspireHow to make chamfers in VCarve and also works for Aspire.

When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 7 - Pocket neck - Aspire / VCarve
Some different ways to make the pocket neck.

Module 7 - Class 7.1
7.1 Pocket neckSee how to machine the neck pocket for a perfect fit.

Flat version.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.
Module 7 - Class 7.2

7.2 Pocket to angled neck 2 rails sweep
See how to make the nick pocket tilt in the Aspire.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 7 - Class 7.3
7.3 Angled pocket neck on VCarve

See how to make the nick pocket tilt in the VCarve.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.
Module 8 - Refining toolpaths - Aspire / VCarve
Let's going improvement the toolpaths.

Module 8 - Class 8.1
8.1 Refining your toolpaths

This video shows ways to make your machining more refined.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 9 - Wave, Dish and Archtop - Aspire
See what the Aspire allow you to make about guitar tops

Module 9 - Class 9.1
9.1 Archtops on Aspire part 1

Everything Aspire allows for creating arched tops part 1.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 9 - Class 9.2
9.2 Archtops ON Aspire part2

Everything Aspire allows for creating arched tops part 2.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 9 - Class 9.3
9.3 Archtop on Aspire part 3

Everything Aspire allows for creating arched tops part 3.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 10 - Making a Shape Neck - Aspire (include a tip for VCarve and Moi3D)
Shape necks are complex and here you will learn some tecnics to make it easy

Module 10 - Class 10.1
10.1 Making a neck on Aspire

This video is a summary with narration of the complete process of creating a neck in Aspire from video 10.2. When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.

Module 10 - Class 10.2
10.2 Making a complete guitar neck with Aspire - Full version



Module 10 - Class 10.3
Shape Neck Aspire VS Moi3D

In this video you will see the entire process of creating a guitar neck in cuts and real speed.
You will see many of the techniques presented in the previous videos.
The purpose of having a series of videos showing each feature of Aspire and VCarve in addition to how the toolpaths settings work is precisely so that when you get to module 9 you are able to watch the complete videos with few interventions for an explanation of what is being done in the video. That's because at this point, you'll already know what's going on.
If you haven't practiced each of the techniques presented in the previous videos. He just watched them out of curiosity and is finding it difficult to follow this process. Now it's time to go back to each of them and study.
Remember that making guitars in Aspire, VCarve and in 3D software is not an easy task and will require a lot of effort to do so.
Trial and error is part of learning.

Good luck with your guitars.
I want to see them when ready!
A hug and until the next course.
I have more courses with other software like Moi3D and Rhinoceros.

I also have 50+ VCarve or Aspire ready guitars ready to generate the GCodes.

Get in touch if interested.

Thank you so much for getting here. This video is a bonus where I show the difference between Aspire and a 3D software to create a neck using the same creation process as the 10.2 video.
When the Module has some files to check or practice, they will be available to download into the first video.
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