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PhotoVCarve Software for CNC

Instantly converts photographs and images into toolpaths that can be run on virtually any CNC routing and engraving machine.
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PhotoVCarve allows CNC machines to carve and engrave photographic images in a way that used to be possible only with expensive laser marking systems. The software converts photographs and images into high-quality toolpaths for virtually all CNC machines, using lines and grooves that vary in width and depth to represent the detail in an image. PhotoVCarve is also perfect for machining 3D Lithophanes directly from photographs for lasting gifts, keepsakes and mementos. Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional engraver, you'll enjoy the simplicity, utility and quick results of PhotoVCarve.

Types of Machinging:
  • V-Groove Machining: Uses grooves of varying width and depth to represent detail. Automatically calculates toolpaths based on cutter selected and maximum depth of groove. Quality of finished result is dependent upon a high level of contrast between material surface and machined grooves.
  • 3D Lithophane Machining: Lithophanes are 3D photographs that when viewed in normal lighting look rather flat, but when back lit transform into stunning 3D pictures with depth and detail that cannot be seen in a 2D photograph.
  • 3D Grayscale Machining: PhotoVCarve automatically converts a grayscale image into a 3D height map that can then be carved.
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Brand Axiom
Weight 1.0000
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June 17, 2019
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Why did you choose this?
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Thought it would be good to begin with taking a photo and move in to design later
Linda O on Oct 22, 2019
Blaine L on Dec 23, 2018
Thought it would be good to begin with taking a photo and move in to design later
Linda O on Oct 22, 2019
carve photos into wood
George T on Feb 3, 2019
Blaine L on Dec 23, 2018
looked cool wanted to try
Teri B on Dec 8, 2018
Nice addition to cnc projects
Michael S on Nov 20, 2018
Recommended by New Wave
Tommy W on Nov 24, 2017
to import photos into vcarve
J O on Oct 21, 2017
To do photographs
Linda C on Jun 1, 2017
For Retirement
D. J. M on Mar 13, 2017
self explanatory
Mark H on Aug 22, 2016
Haven't got this to work yet. I need more knowledge of computers.
James T on Jul 18, 2016
Grand kids and friends kids CNC work. Pic of Elvis, my army friend.
Constantine E on Apr 16, 2016
looks fun, going to try it out
Eric P on Feb 1, 2016
Want to use it to make customized toy boxes.
Allan on Dec 9, 2015
Add to my business
Kelly C on Jun 11, 2015
Want to try it out
Scott H on May 20, 2015
to use my cnc carving machine to carve out portraits,
Larry B on May 6, 2015
carve photos into wood
George T on Feb 3, 2019
looked cool wanted to try
Teri B on Dec 8, 2018
can I use this license on more than 1 computer?
Stephen C on May 3, 2016
does this program do what Mach 3 ?
Stephen C on May 3, 2016
will this work on the cravewright cnc ?
Jerry on Aug 20, 2016
Does this program work with Piranha?
ayman on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: PhotoVCarve will run on any of the CNC machines that Rockler carries.

Be sure to select the correct Post Processor at the "Preview and Save Toolpath" step. The toolpath file can then be saved to a USB drive and loaded into the Piranha pendant.
Does the software require an access code?
Jessie on Jun 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: All the codes you need come with the software.
Can photovcarve be used on oliver 1013 cnc?
Kevin C on Dec 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sorry but I have no idea. Try calling Next Wave Automation.
What bits would I need to start out with for the photo-V-carve software program ?
Russ on Feb 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 90 through 22 degree V- bits. The smaller the angle the more fragile the tip especially the 22. Also the tapered ball-nose bits blend the lines more smoothly. I use 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32 sizes.
Will this soft ware work with shapeoko cnc router ?
Donnie M on Feb 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I am not familiar with your machine or the type of software you are using to operate your machine. Therefore I am sorry I can't help with this question.
chief on Apr 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Next Wave Automation has a Laser Image Raster Program that will work and it's a free download from
i have a CNC piranha XL and im using PhotoVcarve what Post Processor should i use?
divot on Oct 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest CNCPiranha-Arcs (inch)(*.tap)
Does the software work with a MAC?
Marv E on May 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This software operates on the Windows operating system only.
Will this work with V carve pro and nextwave shark HD4?
Mike B on Jun 4, 2019
Does it have a post for a Laguna Swift 4 x 4 CNC ?
Randy H on Jan 27, 2018