#emc | Logs for 2011-01-03

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[15:29:57] <L84Supper> Jymmm: 3d model -> skeinforge, IIRC skeinforge can also try to format gcode not generated by skeinforge
[15:30:24] <L84Supper> http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/G-Code
[15:30:38] <Jymmm> L84Supper: Hmmm, What I'm really looking for is a way to take a 3D drawing, and slice it into layers then output to vector drawing of each layer
[15:31:13] <L84Supper> candyfab had some other tools for that
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[15:51:00] <Jymmm> psha: heh
[15:53:00] <skunkworks> logger_emc: bookmark
[15:53:00] <logger_emc> Just this once .. here's the log: http://www.linuxcnc.org/irc/irc.freenode.net:6667/emc/2011-01-03.txt
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[15:57:52] <SWPadnos> oh, how convenient
[15:58:29] <SWPadnos> mhaberler, I just confirmed that emc 2.4.6 has the bug where program execution stops while waiting for tool-prepare
[15:58:40] <SWPadnos> at least, that's what that copy of emc told me it was
[15:58:59] <SWPadnos> (2.4.6 sim install on 10.04)
[15:59:42] <L84Supper> Jymmm: out of curiosity, why do you need vector vs bitmap?
[15:59:59] <Jymmm> L84Supper: for the laser.
[16:00:40] <Jymmm> L84Supper: bitmap will raster, I need to vector cut the layers.
[16:01:05] <Jymmm> in other words.... bitmap will engrave
[16:01:26] <L84Supper> interesting that they set it up that way
[16:05:12] <elmo40> bitmap angles are steps. vector is straight line.
[16:06:03] <elmo40> L84Supper: vector is basically what CAD programs draw in. You can zoom in or out and still see the correct line shapes.
[16:10:17] <L84Supper> I've noticed that for >30 years ;).... I was just surprised that his laser doesn't have the utils to work in both raster and vector
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[16:11:25] <archivist> Jymmm, my first search stl slice opensource (I have solidworks so I can already do it) 3rd
[16:11:36] <Jymmm> L84Supper: Your talking two different operations though. that like drilling and milling, close but not the same thing.
[16:11:51] <Jymmm> archivist: SW2004?
[16:12:09] <archivist> a few versions
[16:12:42] <Jymmm> archivist: What is the oldest SW version that does slicing?
[16:14:39] <archivist> no idea
[16:15:30] <Jymmm> archivist: what is the feature//function called in SW? maybe I can look it up
[16:15:36] <Jymmm> brb
[16:16:01] <archivist> I broke my spoon in #mysql earlier today
[16:19:30] <elmo40> archivist: it happens. try getting a helpful response from #perl
[16:21:24] <Connor> Nothing like a bunch of people saying: RTFM
[16:23:03] <Jymmm> archivist: your spoon? Is this a magical spoon?
[16:23:10] <SWPadnos> RTFM is pretty verbose for perl
[16:23:12] <archivist> what gets my goat are users who have used X for a long time and dont bother to think or try to google rtfm etc
[16:23:18] <SWPadnos> there must be a shorter way to say that
[16:23:27] <archivist> hehe
[16:25:41] <Jymmm> L84Supper: Lasering a bitmap creates a 3D carving... http://www.laserproi.com/show_case/images/showcase_4_1.jpg
[16:26:18] <Jymmm> L84Supper: Like I said, it's a different function/operation.
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[16:32:35] <L84Supper> Jymmm: I've designed controllers that can work either way
[16:33:15] <Jymmm> L84Supper: That's just how the laser engraver industry does it
[16:33:44] <archivist> Jymmm, have you read the skeinforge docs yet
[16:34:02] * archivist thinks not
[16:34:43] <Jymmm> archivist: Yes, and it outputs gcode, not vector. "Skeinforge is a tool chain composed of Python scripts that converts your 3d model into G-Code instructions for Rapman. "
[16:34:49] <L84Supper> does Skienforge have a facebook page?
[16:34:58] <archivist> you should read deeper
[16:35:21] <archivist> vectorwrite SVG export of each layer