Running windows 10.
Looking to transition from Inkscape gcode generation to Freecad 0.18 or 0.19 if possible.
Tried to follow the step-by-step and I can’t get past step 6. Freecad hangs or wont respond. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. I learned Autocad 12 in college when it was still dos based, then 15 in early windows. I just want to make simple sign cutouts and random trace shapes, so svg file conversion might be the best option with one of the many suggested options, but I tried
If I had unlimited budget, what would be the simplest way to generate gcode quickly from an svg file? I would prefer it be local to the machine.
I’m just trying to walk through the tutorial in the link in the first post… it seems to hang well, if I wait long enough it comes back, so maybe it is just “busy.” the point is that I am just trying to do something very simple to learn how to do something. I made 2 circles in a sketch, moved them to a part and can’t do much else. I don’t see dialogs that the tutorial shows and don’t know what else to do.
The FreeCAD tutorial might be out of date. At the time the tutorial was written I used FreeCAD to see what it could do. It was okay, and I did one thing with it, but I have heard FreeCAD has been improved a lot since then, which I assume means the UI and workflow will have changed a bit.
It’s allot about creating the ‘stock’ first and then ‘mapping’ the sketches to the top face of the stock.
From here it’s more or less boolean subtract, but if a sketch is not mapped to a face all following procedures will fail.
thanks for the link! I’ll give jscut a chance. It says it can be embedded in web pages. I wonder if it can wrapped to be called from CorelDraw? I wouldn’t know where to start for that but it seems an interesting possibility.
I recently trying estlecam. Its controls were super non-intuitive at first until I figured out how to set the paths and then it instantly became super easy. I was just about to post a no judgement question asking how to use it and i figured it out and it is super fast and super simple. I’ll try JScut as well. Carbide Create to me was just like estlecam. I haven’t figured it out yet, but once I do I’ll report back on how easy they are to use. I don’t know what you get with the paid versions of these compared to the free trial versions I’ve been tinkering with, but Estlecam, to me, looks like a great find at $40 - if it cuts without the travelling salesman artifact. It will be interesting to see how the others compare.
EDIT: Carbide Create is just as simple. Making tabs took like 2 seconds. Super easy. Will cut them both and see if they are any different.