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help converting my logo

Post by justin_ploense » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:54 pm

hello all, im new to the cnc plasma world and just purchased a second hand 6'x10' table. ive been successful drawing simple parts but im stumped on getting my log to a cuttable dxf. I was able to convert it to a dxf but haven't been able to get the shaded areas free o a ton of start and stops. any help is greatly appreciated.
JP_Logo_FINAL.pdf

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Re: help converting my logo

Post by cstroke » Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:55 am

Do you have an art work program?
I did a super quick vectorize on it.
I took a screen shot of the image saved it as a png and a quick vectorize. You can drag lines around now. Sometimes it's faster just to retrace your item, This one might be borderline.
If you still dont get it shout out and if I can free up some time or someone else can we this shouldnt be terrible to do.
Good luck
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Re: help converting my logo

Post by ben de lappe » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:49 am

Hi Justin! Welcome to plasma and congrats on the table.

When working from .pdf the easiest method I've found is to pull it into Inkscape and save as another file type. Personally .eps works best for me and my Torchmate cad. Here's the resulting .dxf however there are issues with the drawing (why interior of letters etc. not showing) that I just don't have the time to fix right now. Hopefully this can keep the ball rolling. As Chris says, not terrible at all and I second his suggestion on a program that can work with artwork and files of this nature.

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Re: help converting my logo

Post by justin_ploense » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:52 pm

that's awesome guys, thanks for doing that. I primarily use fusion 360 and was messing around with my logo in inkscape. when you mean trace your item what do you mean? the most I have been able to do through watching youtube videos was to take an image, trace the bitmap and save as a dxf. im assuming that I am missing a huge detail some where.

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Post by acourtjester » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:06 pm

her is a YouTube search for manual tracing with Inkscape there are different ways to do it.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... al+tracing
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Post by otisa2007 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:48 pm

Here's my try at it with a plasma cam file and a pdf file maby this will help you out a little

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Post by otisa2007 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:51 pm

let me try this again keeps saying my pcm file is too big and the pdf plasmacam put out sucks

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Re: help converting my logo

Post by justin_ploense » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:39 pm

What is the best program to use for creating dxf’s? I’m tempted to buy a adobe illustrator license if that program is going to be the easiest for me to learn..

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Post by plasmanewbie » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:53 am

justin_ploense wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:39 pm
What is the best program to use for creating dxf’s? I’m tempted to buy a adobe illustrator license if that program is going to be the easiest for me to learn..
I like Corel DRAW X8 an you can get a free trial from their site. Company sucks but the software works good. Inkscape is a popular one also with lots of support here and it's either free or at least cheap.

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Post by acourtjester » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:28 pm

Free :Yay great for DIY types or cheap skates like me :HaHa
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Post by SegoMan DeSigns » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:09 pm

plasmanewbie wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:53 am
justin_ploense wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:39 pm
What is the best program to use for creating dxf’s? I’m tempted to buy a adobe illustrator license if that program is going to be the easiest for me to learn..
I like Corel DRAW X8 an you can get a free trial from their site. Company sucks but the software works good. Inkscape is a popular one also with lots of support here and it's either free or at least cheap.
Another CD fan here, lots of video tutorials on how to use it o Doug Greens Y/T channel

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Re: help converting my logo

Post by blucllrplt » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:04 pm

I use Illustrator. Minuses are that it is relatively expensive and IMO has a steep learning curve. Pros are that once you catch on to it, you will be able to draw virtually any design to export into your cutting program. I learned how to work it online and it took hours of study and practice but I would never want to go back. I started with just easy shapes and worked up to more complex ideas and signs. Had lots of dropouts and detail that often would burn thru but its all a learning process.

A worthwhile education is never easy or cheap.

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