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dxf files for a laser

Postby scottart » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:59 pm

I purchased a small Laser that I want to use the create logo's on the back of my CNC carvings.

looks like I need to great DXF files and I am hoping I can design them in Aspire. Is it possible to do that?
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Re: dxf files for a laser

Postby Adrian » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:13 pm

Yes, you can export any vectors that you create or load into Aspire as a DXF by selecting them and using the Export option on the File menu.

A lot of lasers can be driven directly from Aspire though.
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Re: dxf files for a laser

Postby scottart » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:16 pm

how does Aspire drive the laser?

I use Mach as the controller for my CNC.

this little laser comes with control software... that is not great, so an alternate would be great.
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Re: dxf files for a laser

Postby Pete Cyr » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:07 am

What is the laser control software you have?
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Re: dxf files for a laser

Postby Adrian » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:58 am

scottart wrote:how does Aspire drive the laser?

I use Mach as the controller for my CNC.

this little laser comes with control software... that is not great, so an alternate would be great.

Same way as the CNC, code is loaded into the control software. If it's really basic and has no way of loading code at all then you are probably stuck with the DXF route.
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Re: dxf files for a laser

Postby Leo » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:40 pm

I have RDworks on my laser.

I use Aspire to do the design work - then DXF - import to RDworks and that's it.

Finish the laser program in RWworks
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Re: dxf files for a laser

Postby Pete Cyr » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:41 pm

Try exporting as a *.AI file Leo -I think Aspire gives a better out put as an AI than a DXF
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Re: dxf files for a laser

Postby Leo » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:12 pm

I will try as AI, but have not had any difficulty with DXF
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