converting PDF files / making gears

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converting PDF files / making gears

Postby waltneu » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:15 pm

I'm trying to get Cut 2D Pro work on a gear. I loaded the picture of a gear (PDF file) into Cut 2D but it treated the picture as one object. I looked in the faqs saw where Vector Magic was mentioned
so I gave it a try. Vector Magic says my PDF file doesn't include vector object?!
I really want to cut clock gears with my router before I pull all my hair out.
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Re: converting PDF files / making gears

Postby Adrian » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:30 pm

PDF files can contain bitmaps or vectors or a mixture of both. Cut2D can import both but bitmaps will need to be manually or automatically traced to produce vectors before toolpaths can be created.

Vector Magic is a bitmap tracer that does the same job as the automatic trace function within Cut2D but with a few more options.
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Re: converting PDF files / making gears

Postby adze_cnc » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:30 pm

My immediate question would be was PDF the source format for the gear? If not then perhaps the source format file might be a better one to use?
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Re: converting PDF files / making gears

Postby Rcnewcomb » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:32 pm

Depending on what you want lets you download an SVG file which can be imported as a vector.
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converting PDF files / making gears

Postby Bobtail Farm » Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:23 pm

Perhaps you would review Gearotic, software.
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