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Saving to pic files

Postby Win Brayer » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:59 pm

When I complete the setup process for a new tool path and go to save, the only option available is .tap. How do I save as a .pvc file to carve the project????
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Re: Saving to pic files

Postby mtylerfl » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:43 am

Win Brayer wrote:When I complete the setup process for a new tool path and go to save, the only option available is .tap. How do I save as a .pvc file to carve the project????


I see you have a Mako CNC Shark HD. Are you certain you are using the correct Post Processor for that machine? If you are, then perhaps the .tap IS what your machine uses (a .pvc file is NOT a toolpath file).

Normally, it's just a matter of selecting the Post Processor that is applicable for your machine, calculate and save the toolpaths then go carve!
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Re: Saving to pic files

Postby tonydude » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:01 am

Go to file click save as. That will save the pvc file so you can import it into vcarve program. Use this post processor for the shark. See attachment

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Re: Saving to pic files

Postby Win Brayer » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:24 pm

What about the save at the bottom of the last step? This produces a TAP file. Does the TAP file work with Carve Pro? How do I proceed to carve the file?
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Re: Saving to pic files

Postby Adrian » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:05 am

What are you actually trying to do?

If you want to cut a file directly from PhotoVCarve then you save the toolpaths to a TAP (or other file depending on your chosen Post Processor) at the last step and then load that file into the control software of your machine and cut away.

If you want to load a PhotoVCarve job into VCarve then do as Tony says once you've calculated all the toolpaths in PhotoVCarve. It's the PVC file that you import into VCarve not the TAP file. When you import it into VCarve you can then integrate it with vectors etc there and output the toolpaths from VCarve.

Tutorial for importing PhotoVCarve into VCarve is here - http://support.vectric.com/tutorials/V8 ... C_GEN.html

Tutorials for using PhotoVCarve on it's own are here - http://support.vectric.com/training-mat ... hotovcarve
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Re: Saving to pic files

Postby mtylerfl » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:31 pm

Tony,

I assumed you were cutting directly from PhotoVCarve. You didn't initially mention whether you owned any other software.

So - as Adrian asked...what are you trying to do? Cut from PhotoVCarve, or cut from another Vectric software product (VCarve Pro or VCarve Desktop)?
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Re: Saving to pic files

Postby tonydude » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:52 pm

Michael,

When I do photos, first I do the pic in photo vcarve, save it as a pvc file and import them into vcarve pro. This way I can have a frame around it if I want.

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Re: Saving to pic files

Postby mtylerfl » Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:16 am

Hi Tony,

Yes, you would need to do it that way if you want a frame around it. I don't know what the goal is for the OP. We don't even know if he owns VCarv or just PhotoVCarve.

BTW, you do beautiful work! (I see I accidentally addressed one of my earlier responses to you instead of the OP - I wasn't asking you what the goal is, rather I was asking the OP. My mistake. )
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