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    Simple to do plot cordinates with auto cad it will give X and Y all you need to do is add z and your G&M codes for your machine it is the best way I have found to do this in 10 years.



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    davc,

    Check out NCPlot v2, it will convert DXF to G-Code and can also save a G-Code plot as DXF.

    www.ncplot.com

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    http://www.inkscape.org/

    inkscape works pretty good , best thing is it's free



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    Hi Davc,

    You might wish to look at VCarve Pro which opens most vector file formats - DXF, EPS, AI, PDF and converts the geometry to GCode and most other standard CNC code formats. The software automatically compensates for the cutter radius and shape when 2D Pocket and Profile machining and includes some very useful options such as Tabs / Bridges to hold pieces in place during cutting.

    There's a Free Trial version that you can use to test that your own files can be opened correctly by VCarve Pro.

    See > www.vectric.com

    VCarve Pro also includes very powerful engraving and vcarving machining strategies, plus realistic toolpath simulation and 3D preview that shows exactly what a design will look like when machined.

    Training Video Tutorials and documentation can also be downloaded from the web site.

    I hope this might be interesting,

    Tony Mac



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    Quote Originally Posted by dertsap View Post
    http://www.inkscape.org/
    inkscape works pretty good , best thing is it's free
    I use Inkscape for converting to vectors......CAN IT GENERATE G-CODE ASWELL???

    Is there anything Inkscape can't do!



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    I don't think InkScape creates GCode?

    Tony



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    Well VCarvePro is next on my purchase list, Im trying to decide whether to buy one at a time or save for a while longer and buy the 3 programs as a package.
    davc you should download the VCarvePro trial, it really is an excellent program. Im not affiliated to Vcarve in any way, haven't even bought the program yet, but the trial won me over!
    I haven't tried ncplot or Ace, but I intend to give them a look while Im saving for the Vcarve package.

    So dertsap.....can Inkscape generate G-Code? thanks...



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    www.ncplot.com is a great program, get the latest version.

    It's very easy to convert dxf to g-code.

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    ACE converter from www.dakeng.com and LazyCAM which comes with Mach3

    Gerry

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    sorry brain fart inkscape won t create gcode

    might be worth looking at bobcad with bobart ,if your willing to pay what vcarve is charging for their software ,bobcad would be comparable in price ,
    not to say one is better than the other but if your going to spend the money you'd be best to check your options



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    Quote Originally Posted by dertsap View Post
    sorry brain fart inkscape won t create gcode

    might be worth looking at bobcad with bobart ,if your willing to pay what vcarve is charging for their software ,bobcad would be comparable in price ,
    not to say one is better than the other but if your going to spend the money you'd be best to check your options
    Dertsap good buddy,

    You forgot to mention that BobCAD will do full 3 Axis and 4 Axis Engraving with Text. Not to mention the wide range of Support options available.

    http://www.cnczone.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=23 HERE on CNC Zone
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    Does anybody have LazyCAM tutorials.



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    Quote Originally Posted by toneV8 View Post
    Does anybody have LazyCAM tutorials.
    bottom of the page.
    http://www.machsupport.com/videos.htm

    Gerry

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    Hey Gerry,

    Nice to see you again. How are things? :rainfro:

    Toby D.
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    I have a gripe!

    I just downloaded the 15day NCPlot freebie to get me by until I can afford V-Carve, and I used Inkscape to vectorize an image. Saved it as DXF then imported my DXF into NC plot. I clicked the 'NC All' button on the pop up window without changing any settings. NCPlots GCode looks NOTHING like my picture?

    Haven't tried cutting it yet, but want to tomorrow....(Edit: Ran it dry in Mach3 and it seems what will be cut is exactly the lines in the 3rd pic below, which look nothing like a gorilla! So unless someone can help I wont waste time trying to actually cut the file.)

    ...Any ideas? Thanks.

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails DXF To G-Code-screenhunter_001-jpg   DXF To G-Code-screenhunter_002-jpg   DXF To G-Code-screenhunter_003-jpg  
    Last edited by thkoutsidthebox; 01-23-2007 at 08:40 PM.


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    Hi,

    Can you post the DXF file you got out of Inkscape?

    Thanks,
    Scott



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    Quote Originally Posted by thkoutsidthebox View Post
    I have a gripe!

    I just downloaded the 15day NCPlot freebie to get me by until I can afford V-Carve, and I used Inkscape to vectorize an image. Saved it as DXF then imported my DXF into NC plot. I clicked the 'NC All' button on the pop up window without changing any settings. NCPlots GCode looks NOTHING like my picture?

    Haven't tried cutting it yet, but want to tomorrow....(Edit: Ran it dry in Mach3 and it seems what will be cut is exactly the lines in the 3rd pic below, which look nothing like a gorilla! So unless someone can help I wont waste time trying to actually cut the file.)

    ...Any ideas? Thanks.


    NCPlot is good software, and I for got to mention it, sorry Scott. :rainfro:

    Toby D.
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    Here's the dxf and the NCPlot G-Code, its 636kb so I had to zip it to allow an upload. I probably am just not using the proper method to import to NCplot?

    Help is very much appreciated. Thanks.

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    Is NCPlot trying to create a toolpath between the boundaries of the double lines around the design. Maybe using a very small diameter cutter will help?


    Tony

    PS My previous note in this post about the DXF was total rubbish - Oops and thanks for checking Dertsap

    Last edited by Tony Mac; 01-24-2007 at 06:27 AM.


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