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Discussion in 'CAM' started by Mark Carew, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Mark Carew

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    OpenBuilds CAM Software
    Hey guys, check out the all new and free OpenBuilds CAM software.
    OpenBuilds CAM - Cloud based software for converting DXF, SVG, Bitmap (BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF) and Gerber X274 to GCODE

    Access it live at https://cam.openbuilds.com

    ZebraCAM.jpg

    With this software you can:
    • Load your artwork
    • Create machining toolpaths to your designs
    • Generate Gcode
    Tips and Tricks: See Things you didn't Know about OpenBuilds Software

    Work up some artwork for your machine today!
    NOTE:This software is free to use and is in beta

    A place to discuss all things related to the OpenBuilds CAM Software
     
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  2. sharmstr

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    I'm trying to import an svg. The import drops several lines. Here's what it should look like.

    Orig.png

    And here's what it looks like after opening in the CAM software

    OB-Cam.png
     
  3. Giarc

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    Can you save it as a .dxf maybe? Just a suggestion to try if you are in a hurry. I am not familiar with the software, but I thought it works with .dxf.
     
  4. Peter Van Der Walt

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    SVG is supported, but NB that the entities be "paths" (In inkscape, Select all, Path, Object to Path, google how to Convert to Paths for the SVG editor you use). - probably those corners were not exported as Path entities.

    @Giarc, it support SVG (paths), Bitmaps (Gets traced to vector using potrace on the fly), DXF (R12 Polyline, no Splines supported, Explode to Polyline in your CAD), Gerber 274x (Vector Data) and Excellon Drill files as inputs
     
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  5. Peter Van Der Walt

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    Hello Peter,

    Firstly, thank you very much for your Open Builds CAM Software and the obvious work that has gone into it. I have been able get up and running on my machine very easily and I have zero experience with CAM. My disclaimer for the information below is that it was my very first time using it and I was over excited about getting my CNC machine to do something!

    I've found a bug/end user problem which happens in the Configure Toolpath. If you choose a Cut Type of Vector (no offset) and set the Cut Depth; per Pass to 0mm (I wanted to just draw a circle with a pen taped to my router) and press Apply and Preview Toolpath. At that point it has a sulk when calculating as it knows that I don't have a clue what I'm doing. End result is Chrome gives you an Aw Snap message. Not sure if is worth checking user input isn't zero? Probably unlikely to happen very often as everyone on here seems pretty clued up.

    On the upside I have solved that problem and now drawn my very first circle using my cnc machine.
     

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