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Discussion in 'CAD' started by GRMark, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. GRMark

    GRMark New
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    Good morning to all. I'm relatively new to the CNC world and have almost completed a Workbee 1000 x 750mm lead screw CNC with black box controller. Hopefully I will have posted this question in the right location on the forum.

    One of the uses I built this CNC machine for was for the cutting of molds, bridges, etc. in guitar building. I have used a CNC one time for a guitar project but had and expert on the machine side that made my code work. That resource is no longer available and I'm trying to learn how to do this alone and while I'm a very techy type of guy find the software side difficult. I've tried watching numerous videos with little success.

    Assume that I have purchased DXF files of the guitar. What I had done in my previous project was work on it in Adobe Illustrator and then bring the ai files down to the shop where they were imported into V Carve Pro and the g-code was generator. I would always have an issue with "open vectors" but my buddy was always able to fix this and the CNC turned out some great product. I am trying to use the OpenBuilds software and again are plagued with "open vector" issues and I am totally lost on how to solve this. I need to be able to cut outside/inside the lines. I have tried just bringing in some DXF files that I have found online that haven't been worked on with AI and have the same open vector issues.

    I know to the experienced us newbies seem a bit dense but any advice would be appreciated.

    Adding a little more information. I downloaded a trial version of Fushion 360 Desktop and imported one of the offending DXF files. Once I magnified the file I was able to see all the open vectors. I still don't know how to correct them but at least now understand the problem with the file.

    Mark
     
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  2. jeffmorris

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    In VCarve, click on the icon that says "Join - join open vectors" after selecting objects to be joined. The dialog box should say "Vectors after joining: closed: 1 open: 0". If not, use one of the "Join/Close" icons or "Node Editing Mode" icon. Make sure that the DXF file use DXF R12 Polyline format.
     
  3. GRMark

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    Thanks!
     

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