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Offline blowlamp

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Re: What program to convert .jpg or .gif files to dxf format
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2012, 15:26:42 pm »
Jerry.

I would suggest that for the time being you concentrate on using DXF files with CamBam and get a program that will produce them reliably.
 
I use ViaCAD and it works well for me for 2d and 3d stuff, but it is not free ($99 usd). Others use DraftSight, which is 2d only and is free  ;D

http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/download-draftsight/?xtor=SEC-6-GOO-[]-[]-S-[draft%20sight]


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Re: What program to convert .jpg or .gif files to dxf format
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2012, 17:41:05 pm »
"how to I enable CamBam to recognize and open such a file?"

Cam Bam recognizes file types by, generally, the file type suffix, an example of which is DXF.  Once Cam Bam recognizes a file type, it knows what to do.

The workflow from design to part is like this:

CAD => Cam Bam => CNC

or, to state by file types:

1. DXF [a file type from a CAD program] => Cam Bam

2. Cam Bam then converts the DXF file to g-code

3. g-code => controller program [MACH3 or EMC2] => CNC controller [example: Gecko G540]

4.  G540 generates electrical impulses to stepper motors on the CNC machine and the stepper motor driven carriages or lead screws in turn move the cutter about in XYZ coordinates which in turn makes the object you designed.

Hope this helps.

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« Last Edit: March 01, 2012, 17:42:54 pm by Imagining »

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Re: What program to convert .jpg or .gif files to dxf format
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2012, 03:52:45 am »
As others have stated, it is probably just as easy to generate a .dxf file with a CAD program. Check out progeCAD. They have a free 2D version that is great and uses all the same commands as AutoCAD. I have the 2D version on my laptop and the PRO version on my desktop. I couldn't afford AutoCAD any longer.
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Re: What program to convert .jpg or .gif files to dxf format
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2014, 02:53:11 am »
Hi all,

I just started to download SolveSpace 3D CAD software mentioned in this thread, and Trend Micro Anti Malware program on my computer blocked it withthe message that this website  is dangerous and may have been involved in scams and malicious software.

It looks like a great CAD program.  Does anybody have any information about the threats as stated above???

Harvey