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X and Y axis flipped compared to VCP


I have been designing things in Vcarve Pro and I have noticed that the X and Y axis on the smart bench seems flipped. When I stand in front of the router the horizontal axis is the y axis however I find it would make more sense to have that horizontal axis as the X axis. This is how I have been designing my work in Vcarve. Is there a way to flip the X and Y axis on the smartbench?


I was also wondering if anyone else has noticed that when routering out a pocket or anything inside a shape that is is about 1mm too small. I might be missing something in my designs but I have not been able to find a solution yet. 

Thank you for any help.


Amy Amy
Published 04/14/2021 22:08
  • SmartBench Mechanical
  • CAD/CAM Software
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Aaron Thorogood

Hi Amy,

Unfortunately, there is not currently a way to flip the X and Y on SmartBench. You will need to modify your design in VCarve Pro.

Are you finding the inaccuracies' just on pocket toolpaths? 



replied 04/15/2021 08:54

Hi Aaron,

Thank you very much for answering my question. When you design things do you just keep in mind that it will be rotated by 90 degrees when placed on the bench? or would it be useful to look into modifying my designs in VCP to match? I just have not found a way to do that yet. 

I have been cutting out little test projects to determine the accuracy and I have found that all pocket paths are that 1mm too small. it seems to be consistent as I have cut out the same shape a bunch of times. 

I have also used the profile tool path and made it cut out on the inside of the vector and this also turned out to be about 1mm too small. However, when I cut out the shapes on the outside of the vector using the profile toolpath it is the perfect size. 

If this is always consistent I can modify my designs to be 1mm larger, however, I would just like to know if this is normal or if I am doing something wrong with my designs.

Thank you again!!


replied 04/15/2021 16:13
Aaron Thorogood

Hi Amy,

Yes, I would always design to the Y Axis being the longer axis. In VCarve Pro, this would be vertical.

May I please ask you submit a support ticket here so we can assist you. If you can please attach both your .crv files and gcode files along with details on cutter diameters.



replied 04/16/2021 08:36

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