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dotted/dashed lines
« on: August 24, 2018, 05:18:32 AM »
Can I cut in a dotted/dashed line-pattern ?

I use the laser for cutting paper to create popup-cards.
Some lines should not be cut fully, but should be cut dashed, to make folding easier and exactly on the lines.

I would like to cut these folding lines in a dotted/dashed pattern.
Is this possible with BCL ?

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Re: dotted/dashed lines
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 08:21:42 AM »
This 'feature' isn't something that belongs inside BCL. BCL just follows what ever part you have created inside your DXF file.

If you want a dashed line, create a dashed line inside your DXF file. BCL will then burn it that way. If you want a dotted line, make a dotted line inside your DXF file and BCL will follow that drawing object and burn a dotted line.

In summary, BCL will burn/cut any line you can make inside your DXF file.
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Re: dotted/dashed lines
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 01:55:54 PM »
Your reply looks logical.

I use "Popup card studio" as CAD. It can export to PDF and SVG

I did a PDF export + conversion to DXF  'inside' BCL.
It is the PDF to DXF conversion that goes wrong and looses the doted line format.

So I have to check if I can find an other PDF to DXF, or an SVG to DXF tool.


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Re: dotted/dashed lines
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 07:21:53 PM »
I've had some great success scoring paper by very carefully calibrating the power of the laser for the particular paper and card stock. See if this post helps: http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,3144.0.html - There's a calibration G-code file attached in the thread that you can edit by hand to adjust the feed rate to suit your needs if you're familiar with a plain text editor.

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Re: dotted/dashed lines
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2018, 08:02:28 PM »
>I did a PDF export + conversion to DXF  'inside' BCL.

BCL makes use of Agastar's Convert2DxfCmd.zip file. You unzip it into the BCL folder and BCL calls it. If you it's not working on your PDF then you can contact Agastar and provide him with your PDF file, but my guess is that your PDF isn't formatted internally correctly. There has always been and will always be problems when trying to use a non-DXF file and convert it over to a DXF file format. The best thing you can do is try as best you can to do your work in a DXF from the start.

The DXF file format has been around a very long time and there are way too many versions of it. When a conversion utility is found, we don't know what version it is spitting out. DO NOT assume your conversions will always work or always be correct. They won't be. SVG conversions are just as bad as trying to convert a PDF file.

Users should stay away from trying to convert any file format into a DXF file.
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