Laser cut out shapes

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Laser cut out shapes

Postby om » Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:55 pm

I need a program to submit to my laser cutter. They are drawings of animals. I would need to somehow scan my artwork, and make dxf files from them. Does the $35 program do this. How much of a learning curve is there to get up and running? Thanks
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Re: Laser cut out shapes

Postby andrew » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:45 pm

om wrote:I need a program to submit to my laser cutter. They are drawings of animals. I would need to somehow scan my artwork, and make dxf files from them. Does the $35 program do this. How much of a learning curve is there to get up and running? Thanks


QCad can import scanned images and display them in the background of a drawing for manual tracing. It can also produce DXF files.

The learning curve depends on your previous experience with CAD systems. I suggest you download the free trial version and try it with a very simple example to see if it fits.

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Postby om » Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:01 pm

thanks, now I need to get a scanner, or can I draw a pencil design, photgraph it and clean it up in photoshop and then import that? If so what steps do I take. Thanks,
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Postby andrew » Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:06 pm

om wrote:thanks, now I need to get a scanner, or can I draw a pencil design, photgraph it and clean it up in photoshop and then import that? If so what steps do I take. Thanks,


Sure, you can import any kind of bitmap from any source into QCad. Whatever you can get on your computer as bitmap file (e.g. JPEG, PNG, BMP, ...).
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Postby om » Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:25 pm

Someone has sent me DXF files that they made in corel draw. How do I use the program to look at them, and then edit them. Thansk,
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Postby marymn » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:28 am

you can convert it into either pdf files
or can upload in Auto cad and engrave the design

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