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Cutting thin foil - tool?

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by kaffemannen, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. kaffemannen

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    Hi
    I have a ox cnc machine and would like to cut thin pvc foil with it. The foil is approx 0,5 mm.
    I usually cut (by hand) many different shapes and sizes. Until now I have used the CNC machine to do solid objects and used Solidworks and then exported and converted to gcode. Since the foil will be cut with a drag knife tool mounted on the CNC, and the cutting speed is more or less set the same, is it a smarter way to make the gcode so that I dont have to draw everything in Solid before I cut?

    Thanks,

    BR
    K
     
  2. Joe Santarsiero

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    I believe your question is; Is there a way to generate gcode from your line drawings without having to model them first.

    One route that may work is scanning your drawings into a picture document. With the black and white picture file you can try opening it in F-Engrave and generating a path from it. This will probably take a bit of tweaking of the picture and software plus trial runs before you find your go to settings for Fengrave and the picture.

    There's also the inkscape software out that I believe has gcode capabilities, but I haven't used it much to comment.
     

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