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Vector User Group

Don't miss our next Meet-Up geared towards using vector imaging software such as CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator. Introduction to these tools saves a lot of time, and is an invaluable addition to your CNC arsenal. Must be a TechShop member to attend. Seats are limited, so RSVP today!

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  • Joseph M. N.

    [continued from previous post]

    So what you have to do is to read THAT .dwg file back into CorelDraw, which means each of the characters comes in as a vector. Now, since this is a script font, to give the illusion that the letters are "joined", the left-hand letter overlaps the right-hand letter. This overlap is what causes VCarve to go insane. So now, click on the left-hand letter, and shift-click the right-hand letter. The go into the menu and select Arrange > Shaping > Weld, which will merge the two characters into a single "character" which is only a single outline curve. Repeat for each overlap (which in this font pretty much means all the lower-case letters). When all overlaps have been removed, save this .dwg file, and use THIS version for VCarve, and it will work correctly!

    How to do this in Adobe Illustratrator is left as an Exercise For The Reader.

    Sorry for the two posts, but Meetup has a 1000-character limit.

    June 15, 2014

  • Joseph M. N.

    Anyway, here's something for the vector group that could be very useful to know about (right now, it is only Jordan and I who know about it). Consider doing something using a fancy script font, say CommercialScript BT, which is one of the fancy fonts on the TechShop machines. The attempt to create a V-carve engraving toolpath goes insanely haywire, with the tool trying to cut seven inches into the 3/4" piece, and if I preview the toolpaths, something truly insane is being cut. It Is Not A Pretty Sight. The trick is this: Create a text block in CorelDraw. Type the text in. You might want to save it as a .cdr file so you can edit the text again, but this is not required. Save it as a .dwg file with the option of converting text to curves. This is what you would normally do, and then read this file into VCarve and proceed from there. But this file is going to drive VCarve insane. [continued on next post]

    June 15, 2014

  • Chris M.

    I would like to go, but I'm assuming that this event will NOT occur because of Obama's visit, since TechShop is closed.

    June 15, 2014

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