DXF files

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MervynMitchell
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DXF files

Post by MervynMitchell » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:43 am

This probably reveals the depths of my ignorance (I'm a CNC virgin), but is it possible to import DXF files into carbide Create, or do I need to convert them to SVG first? I ask this because I don't want to purchase a set of clock plans in DXF if they prove to be iuuseable with my existing Carbide software.

Also, I have some full size printed templates for several sets of clock components. I find I can use them by photocopying, saving as JPEG, opening in Photoshop and erasing any texturing, text and extraneous details, saving as PNG, using an online converter to change PNG to SVG, which I import into Carbide create. This is a bit tedious and has the disadvantage that the SVG file contains two sets of lines marking the outer and inner boundaries of the original printed lines. Depending on which I delete, my gears are either a tad too big or too small. Any suggestions as to a better way to proceed would be received with gratitude and admiration!

Lots of thanks.

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Re: DXF files

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:02 am

Yes, Carbide Create imports DXFs as well as SVGs.

Worst case if a DXF doesn't work is open it in LibreCAD, then export as MakerCAM SVG --- that usually works.

Naturally if you come across any files which don't work, send them in to support@carbide3d.com and we'll do our best to look into them with you.

If you're using Photoshop a better technique is:

- create selections, then convert them to paths
- export all paths to Illustrator
- open the exported paths in Illustrator and then export (not save) as SVG

If you need to make gears, create them in a CAD tool, or a specialized gear generator:

- https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/CAD#Gears
- http://www.varmintal.net/alath.htm
- https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/Com ... ware#Gears
Shapeoko 3XL #0006 w/ Carbide Compact Router w/0.125″ and ¼″ Carbide 3D precision collets

samevelyn
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Re: DXF files

Post by samevelyn » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:22 am

Carbide Create imports DXFs and SVGs.

LightsUp
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Re: DXF files

Post by LightsUp » Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:04 pm

Thanks for the MakerCAM's tip, didn't know that and it helped me

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Re: DXF files

Post by LightsUp » Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:21 am

My apologies for the double post, but I have a question about the DXF files that are acquired by 3D scanning. Can I import files of this format directly from 3D scanning software or do I need to load them into the CAD tool beforehand? I will try it both ways as soon as I get access to my working laptop, but it won't be soon.

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