Convert EPS to toolpath

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droo
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Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by droo » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:14 am

Hi all,

After some help here - I am trying to convert this eps to a toolpath in CAMBAM.
I can convert the file no problem to a DXF however this does not come out right as all the underlying shapes are present ?

Can anyone offer any advice or workflow so I can make my son a clock for his birthday :-)

Drew.
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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:12 pm

We do have a PostScript to G-Code converter listed on the wiki:

http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... Generators

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~alanb/ps2gc.html

and I'd thought I'd found a .eps to G-Code converter on Google Code.... (it's the other way 'round --- look for gcode2eps, and of course there's pstoedit)

Since you're starting w/ a .ai file, why not save out to .svg from AI and use MakerCAM?
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droo
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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by droo » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:16 pm

Thanks for the info - will take a look at the options given :-)

Drew.

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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by droo » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:29 pm

Perhaps I am missing the point here but what I am looking for is an easy way to take this vector and then convert just the outline to a toolpath.

When exported as a DXF it looks like the attached file - is there no way to "Flatten" the vector image in to a simple set of paths ?

Drew.
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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:41 pm

Yes, but you should do that in Adobe Illustrator --- select each set of color paths in turn and union them --- then punch out anything which was missed.
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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:46 pm

Looking at how it's put together, the easiest thing probably would be to work from the bottom up --- cloning paths, unioning them and then subtracting elements as needed.
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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by droo » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:58 pm

Looks like I best get the Adobe manual out - never used illustrator !

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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:10 pm

Learning to use Illustrator is an agony I wouldn't wish on anyone. Here's a flattened / unioned / punched file suitable for 2.5D carving:
newthomas_k.ai.zip
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For those who don't have Illustrator, it looks like this:
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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by droo » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:22 pm

That is Amazing - and thank you very much.
I will investigate the tools you mention in Ai as I expect my little ones brother is going to want a clock making when he see's his brothers.

Drew.

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Re: Convert EPS to toolpath

Post by WillAdams » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:47 am

You're welcome!

I'd suggest trying Inkscape or Cenon instead of Illustrator.
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