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Re: [mach1mach2cnc] JPG TO DFX TO MACH3 G-CODE

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  • Robert Steinberg
    I understand that it needs coordinates. So there must be a way in Corel to import a jpg take coordinates save it as a dfx and in mach you can create a g code.
    Message 1 of 37 , May 12, 2013
      I understand that it needs coordinates.
      So there must be a way in Corel to import a jpg
      take coordinates save it as a dfx and in mach you can create
      a g code.
      I know just a plain picture will not work.
      Lets say a picture of a face to mill a 3d of it.??
      how is it done.
      Thank you


       
      Robert

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      From: "philr_77378@..." <philr_77378@...>
      To: "mach1mach2cnc@yahoogroups.com" <mach1mach2cnc@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2013 8:19:16 AM
      Subject: Re: [mach1mach2cnc] JPG TO DFX TO MACH3 G-CODE



       


      I pretty new at this also, about 6 months.  I am using Mach3 with a hobby mill.  The tool will need to be given motion commands, so some processing of the dxf data has to occur.  I am not sure how much needs to be done on an etching tool.  Maybe Mach will function like a pen plotter with that type of program.  Maybe your dxf has to be saved to a plotter file?  I use G-code myself.  Someone here will know for sure.

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      From: ugotit33x <ugotit33x@...>
      To: mach1mach2cnc@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:49 AM
      Subject: [mach1mach2cnc] JPG TO DFX TO MACH3 G-CODE


       
      New to this.
      I scanned into Corel Draw Cropped it and saved it as
      a dfx file.
      Loaded it into Mach3 to etch a piece of wood.
      I'm missing something for sure.
      I'm missing a step I THINK in Corel draw so I get
      all of the sketched area.
      How do you do it to make a picture you create in
      corel draw work in Mach3

      Thank you

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    • Robert Steinberg
      Wow Excellent explanation. I m impressed. also for the links. Thank you   Robert =============================== Cheers Have A Great Day Keep Smiling
      Message 37 of 37 , May 17, 2013
        Wow
        Excellent explanation.
        I'm impressed.
        also for the links.

        Thank you

         
        Robert

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        Have A Great Day
        Keep Smiling



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        From: "qconvers@..." <qconvers@...>
        To: mach1mach2cnc@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:56:10 AM
        Subject: Re: [mach1mach2cnc] JPG TO DFX TO MACH3 G-CODE



         
        In general it goes CAD > CAM > MACH

        CAD. Computer Aided Design.

        This is where you design the part to be machined, draw it or import your
        design as a picture/.stl,. ......


        CAM. Computer Aided Machining

        I this case Vectric. Vectric will convert the design to machine code (G
        code) The cutting path. Vectric is both CAD and CAM. you can design in
        Vectric too.

        Mach. Machine controller.

        Mach can read the Gcode and use it to make your machine move, It doesn't
        generate code by importing the design. It wants your Gcode. Machine code
        generated by the CAM program.


        If you were to go for Vectric photo carve, this would be your CAM and you
        could skip the CAD or converting by importing a ready made .Jpeg photo.
        VPC would be used to create the machine Gcode for Mach to read. Child's play.


        I'm not a Vectric/ Corel user but as I understand it Vectric can't read a
        Jpeg, but it can read a DXF file... you need Corel to convert the Jpeg photo
        into a DXF that Vectric can read... then Vectric can generate a tool path
        and convert it to Gcode that Mach can read and control the machine. If
        you were to do a drawing in Corel.. Corel would be your CAD. But for a
        simple design (compared to a photo) Vectric can be used to do the design and you
        don't need Corel. You just need Corel to convert your image so Vectric can
        read it.

        Here's a video on V Carve which will show you what's involved with using it
        to create a good tool path.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF3lFRA9pGo

        If you feel you will want to carve/engrave a lot of photos, PhotoVCarve is
        going to be you're fastest road to a result. It is the tool for the job.
        And the cheapest Vectric offering.

        http://www.vectric.com/store.html (there are some resellers of Vectric
        on this forum that would benefit from your purchase and be a great source of
        help/support)

        Why not download a trail and have a play...
        http://www.vectric.com/downloads/trial-software.html

        Regards Dave K

        In a message dated 17/05/2013 08:22:04 GMT Daylight Time,
        ugotit33x@... writes:

        Now that I have may machine to recognize Mach3.
        Import the road runner gcode and watch it cut.
        The next step I need help with.
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        Do you make a drawing in lets say Corel draw 9 or 12
        or import a drawing into Corel?? or what program ?
        Save it as a dxf ? then import it into Mach3 and
        generate a GCODE there ?
        Or do you have to take a drawing or make a drawing
        save it in another format in Corel etc import it into lets say Vetric.
        Vectorize it, save it as what then import or load into Corel agsin
        Save it as a DFX IMPORT IT INTO mACH3 ETC generate a Gcode.
        Please some one give me the simple Procedure.
        Thank you

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