After researching into woodworking programmes, he learnt about Carveco, the leading 3D design and manufacturing software, but unfortunately it was out of his price range. It was then that a friend told him about Carveco Maker, the introductory software for hobbyists.
Chris comments, “It reminds me of Photoshop. Carveco Maker has a modern feel which adds to the whole experience. It’s hard to be creative in other software as the interfaces are bland. In Carveco Maker, I can just jump into stuff, and it doesn’t fight me. It has an improved workflow and faster, more efficient toolpaths; it just makes more sense. It is designed by people that are really doing this. It sped things up and I can push my CNC to its limits. The renderings also look great, which helps when you are creating.”
Chris makes a range of unique pieces from furniture, 3D signs and plaques to cars using a mix of traditional hand-building techniques, 3D printing, laser and CNC machining in wood, plastic and metal. Whilst Chris was becoming proficient in Carveco Maker, he continued to make some pieces by hand, such as his stunning aluminium aviation desk. Whilst this was mostly hand-built, he used Carveco Maker to cut the aluminium brackets that would act as the hinge for its keyboard tray. “The other software didn’t have ramping moves which Carveco Maker does. This helps improve the finish and avoids braking machining bits”, he explains.