I downloaded a trial version of VCarve from Aspire and created a project and added a logo PDF to it without a problem.
Vcarve is $600 versus the $2000 for the Aspire software. It seems that the major difference is the 3D capabilities and some bells & whistles included with the Aspire version. VCarve seems more than enough for me at this point.
I was able to send my drawing to Mach3 without a problem, and see the virtual toolpath of my project. Unfortunately, Mach3 doesn’t support tool changes, at least with the trial version. Does the retail version? Not a deal breaker for me, but it would be nice not to have to send each cut individually from Vcarve to Mach3 to be machined.
I’m sure there is another option out there with a $$$ next to it. But, for what I am doing right now it is not too much of a hassle to send the cuts one at a time.
In summary, I know I can do this now and most of the questions have been answered or solved.
Next up….purchasing a kit, assembling it and figuring out how to wire it correctly and set up Mach3 for real.
Thanks to everyone for their helpful posts.