Download Free Design & Make Machinist

Use this free software to preview free Vectric 3D Viewer files and create tooling for models you have purchased from our store and run them on your CNC

Have you built your own DIY CNC? Work or are a member of a Hacker or Maker Space?  Maybe just interesting in trying your hand at carving a 3D relief on your CNC?  This software is perfect for you, a great place to start.


Design & Make Machinist can be used to preview Vectric 3D Viewer files in a fully interactive virtual 3D environment on your own PC (XP SP3 or later). This allows you to see the quality and variety of the individual models in our store before you make your purchase.

You can also find the associated Vectric 3D Model in our store for any preview you have previously downloaded using Machinist - simply open the saved preview file, click Next and follow the instructions.

If you do not yet own any Vectric Machining software, Design & Make Machinist will allow you to create 3D toolpaths for any of the models you have purchased from our store.

You are welcome to use these files as a sales tool to sell 3D design ideas to your customers.

Note: Preview files cannot be machined.
In order to produce toolpaths from our models you will need to purchase the full Vectric 3D Model (*.v3m) file associated with preview you have downloaded.

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Looking for more versatility, functionality, and options than what Design & Make Machinist offers?

Download Vectric's fully functional VCarve Desktop, Pro or Aspire trial software.

The trial version can be used to cut a selection of our extensive collection of Free Projects. These files can be opened, adjusted to suit your CNC setup and then saved to carve on your machine. Use the button to the right to access the Projects that can be used with the Trial Version.

Step by step tutorials and videos are also available to guide you through the complete process, so you will be cutting on your CNC faster than you would have thought possible. You can view the tutorials using the links on the right and access them from within the trial version itself by using the Tutorial Video Browser link.

With onscreen simulation functionality, you can see exactly how your own designs will cut using the full versions of the software. These color shaded images are ideal for customer quotes and approval, or your own marketing purposes.