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From cardboard template to computer

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From cardboard template to computer

Postby tank_5150 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:08 pm

A few weeks ago I had a guy take my cardboard template and scan it with his scanner and then just instantly cut it out with his waterjet. I’m new to the plasma world and my machine is gonna show up I’m just a couple weeks and I’d love to hit the ground running. Is there a special software I would need to do what he did or can I do it on pretty much anything that’s available when the table shows up? Thank you guys very much
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Re: From cardboard template to computer

Postby acourtjester » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:00 am

If you can scan an object and save it as a JPEG you can then open it in Inkscape and scale it to make a DXF or SVG file to cut. The attached screen shot shows where to change scale of object. Be sure you are in inch or metric for you type of drawing, "VERY IMPORTANT" if you save drawing in SVG and when you load into SheetCam you must use the 1:1 scale for the correct size when cutting.
Another big help is to make a ink pen holder to attach to your torch mount, this can be used for drawing on paper any G-code to verify any dimensions until you are sure of any operations. :lol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tet2rRsqBts
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