Sheetcam - Open lines - Open paths

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Sheetcam - Open lines - Open paths

Post by Plasron » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:28 am

My brother and I have wasted so much metal TRYING to get an American Tattered Flag, I went in Inkscape and connected all the nodes, brought up Sheetcam and went through setting up operations, inside and outside.
The picture below is what I get, notice where the lines representing the stripes in the flag is mostly empty, a test run in Mac3 cuts it like Sheetcam shows it. What am I doing wrong?
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Re: Sheetcam

Post by WyoGreen » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:24 pm

The error code you are getting indicates you have some open lines, and some lines are either too close together or too small to machine. You need to be aware of your plasma kerf width when you design something. Looking at your picture, it appears there are a lot of bits and pieces of lines on your stripes.

There are a lot of tattered flags files on this site, some better than others. Do a search and take a look at a few and see how they handled the stripes.

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Re: Sheetcam

Post by Plasron » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:37 pm

WyoGreen wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:24 pm
The error code you are getting indicates you have some open lines, and some lines are either too close together or too small to machine. You need to be aware of your plasma kerf width when you design something. Looking at your picture, it appears there are a lot of bits and pieces of lines on your stripes.

There are a lot of tattered flags files on this site, some better than others. Do a search and take a look at a few and see how they handled the stripes.

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Post by djreiswig » Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:18 pm

Most hobbies cost money. We all experienced the learning curve when we started. I still have a duh moment every so often.
Stick with it. It gets easier.
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Re: Sheetcam

Post by TJS » Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:44 pm

Where did you download the tattered flag from. I downloaded a regular flag from here. One thing is that I did differently is NO OFFSET and make it all one layer. Try it and see what happens. YMMV.

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Post by acourtjester » Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:15 pm

If you are cutting a line you use the no offset and they need to be cut all as one layer, They only have a start and end so if you use outside or inside they are closed start and end is the same place. To separate lines from the others use the contour function in Sheetcam to create a layer with all lines.
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Re: Sheetcam

Post by Plasron » Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:42 pm

Thanks for the encouragement guys
I think I got one of the tattered flags here, I never thought of cutting on the lines, NO Offset, I will give that a try, do I do a lead in and lead out or no lead in and out.
Thanks again for the encouragement
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Post by djreiswig » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:46 pm

If it's just a line, you don't want leads.
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Re: Sheetcam

Post by Plasron » Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:36 am

djreiswig wrote:
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If it's just a line, you don't want leads.
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Re: Sheetcam

Post by Plasron » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:59 am

Good news, cutting on the line (no offset) worked great, some of the cuts didn't cuts left chads, but that was because of dirty files, If I go back and connect the lines and clean up the files there shouldn't be any problems with cutting.
Thanks so much for all you guys help, Greatly appreciated.
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Re: Sheetcam

Post by Plasron » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:12 am

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Re: Sheetcam

Post by robertspark » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:28 am

:Like nice
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Re: Sheetcam

Post by plasmanewbie » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:58 am

Awesome, looks great! Glad you didn't give up. :Like :Like

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Re: Sheetcam - Open lines - Open paths

Post by Plasron » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:06 am

Thanks guys, Now if I could wrap my mind around these 2 boxes, and fully understand them would be a load off my mind
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Re: Sheetcam - Open lines - Open paths

Post by robertspark » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:22 am

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Re: Sheetcam - Open lines - Open paths

Post by djreiswig » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:01 pm

The help button explains what the settings do.
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