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Forum topic by JAAune posted 09-25-2014 05:53 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JAAune

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09-25-2014 05:53 PM

A two-week gap between projects has given me badly-needed time to update the website and the current project involves making a basic tutorial for creating laser engraving files. I was just wondering if it makes sense to other people or not. For reasons unknown, I always understand my own writing perfectly whereas others may not.

If anyone wants to take a look and tell me if it is instructive or not, I’d appreciate the feedback. Bear in mind that it’s not a software tutorial and assumes people know how to make 2d drawings. It’s just supplying the information required to put those drawings in the right format.

Create ready to go files for a laser engraver

Feel like a pro or does the linked information drain all knowledge and understanding from your minds?

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com


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johnhutchinson

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 06:29 PM

Makes perfect sense to me, but I’m not clear on something. Are you doing the laser-cutting/engraving or did you set up the website for someone else?

I work with AutoCAD, so by default I’m generating .dwg files that I can then convert to .dxf. Can you handle .dwg files without a conversion? No biggie to make the conversion, just wondering.

I’m looking for a laser cutting service as I write this.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 06:44 PM

We do the laser engraving ourselves (Altare Design is my business) and I do have a page for that which was just put up last week. DWG format most likely works since I have Sketchup Pro which imports that file type. I haven’t tested it yet so that’s why I haven’t included it on the list of acceptable formats yet.

The laser is a fairly recent acquisition because we used to outsource ourselves to a trophy shop but got tired of dealing with all the limitations. They couldn’t work with anything but Corel Draw files and struggled to do anything unconventional which resulted in either long wait times or high setup fees. I had to pay a $100 setup fee so they could manually input dimensions from printed drawings into their own software.

Here’s the link to the main page. The instructions on file setup are linked within that page. The whole page still needs work but I have to get more pictures first.

Altare Design Custom Laser Engraving

If you’d like me to test a file just send a sample my way and I’ll let you know how it works.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 06:49 PM

YIKES!! I AM old. You lost me at RASTER and VECTOR. You folks are a whole lot smarter than me. I only wish I could tell you if it sounds OK or not. Guess I’ll stick with the drawing board, T square and triangles. I struggle with Sketchup!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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JAAune

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 06:53 PM

Sorry, heh.

Actually, that just means you’re probably not familiar with graphics arts software. People who are will know those terms and my tutorial is geared towards those people.

I may consider doing basic software tutorials in the future but that’s for down the road. It might help people who aren’t into drawing software get started so they can take advantage of the services.

A raster image is just one made up of pixels (little dots on the computer screen). A vector is a line that extends from point A to point B. Hopefully that makes sense.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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#5 posted 09-25-2014 07:25 PM

JAAune: I’ll attach a .dxf to a message and we’ll see how it works. Nothing fancy, just an intricate shape that I’d rather not cut again and again on my scroll saw.

Woodbum: Nothing wrong with pencil and paper. CAD’s a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Woodbum

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#6 posted 09-25-2014 07:29 PM

I knew what a vector was from map and compass work, but I tried to overthink it in the context of software. I even know what a pixel is, believe it or not. Nope, graphic arts software understanding has not made it on to my resume yet. Thanks for the insight!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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JAAune

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 07:35 PM

@ JohnHutchinson: Sounds good.

@ Woodbum: Glad to have cleared that up for you.

Now that I think about it, I believe I do have the ability to easily vectorize an inked, line drawing that is done to scale by using my CAD-CAM software. If I can do a picture, a line drawing should be simple. That’s something I will test out later and if it works, I’ll offer that service as an option. That wouldn’t be ideal for precision parts but would be fine for artsy work and many artists are not the best at computers.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 08:09 PM

My .dxf file is sitting in your inbox …....

I’m waiting. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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JAAune

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 08:14 PM

I see it now. The server decided to put it into the spam box for some reason.

Will be sending a reply shortly.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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#10 posted 09-25-2014 08:45 PM

Oh for the bad old days !!! when we used a slate and a lump of chalk.And even then some were so thick they found that too complicated a procedure . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 11-28-2014 08:42 PM

JAAune, “NINNYHAMMERr”. I haven’t heard that used for over 60 years.

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JAAune

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#12 posted 11-29-2014 02:37 AM

I’m afraid I was thinking about Samwise in the Lord of the Rings when I wrote that (the book, not the movie). Perhaps the fact that the book was written nearly that long ago might have something to do with its inclusion in the book.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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