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Save tool path as dxf???

bart patrzalek
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:52:40 GMT

Hi everyone, I just found FlatCam and was wondering if anyone could answer a quick question for me. I have not installed it yet and never used it before so I want to find out if this might be possible with this software. What want to do is have Flat Cam generate a tool path for me as if I was to mill a PCB and then save the path as a dxf or some other vector format. Just the "milling" lines, I do not need to visualization. What I'm trying to do is use a laser cutter to etch away masking (spray paint) on a PCB and then soak it in ferric chloride. None of the programs I found for making PCB's have an option to export the mask files as vector shapes with an outline. All of them export the traces as lines with the thickness being the trace thickness. The reason I want it as a tool path is so I can set the laser kerf as my router bit diameter and only cut around the traces. When I use raster engraving it takes a ling time and the results are not that great. I get much sharper lines with vectors. I hope someone can give me a quick answer to this or suggest a different w orkflow that might make this possible. From searching around the webs I haven't seen anyone try to do it this way and so far when I make my "tool paths" manually the results are promising. As you can imagine drawing them by hand takes forever and is not super accurate.

jpcaram
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:31:12 GMT

Hi Bart, There is no DXF support at this time, but perhaps you are trying to do something like this: http://caram.cl/software/flatcam/tracing-the-silkscreen-with-flatcam/ JP

x3msnake
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:40:40 GMT

There is a free and Open Source software called G-Code Ripper that can rip a dxf from a GCODE file - http://www.scorchworks.com/Gcoderipper/gcoderipper.html