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I'm tearing my hair out! I've supplied our local 2D cnc router owner with a .dwg file but he keeps coming up with all sorts of excuses why he can't use it. Don't know what sort of machine he's got, but feel sure it should be possible to get from an Autocad dwg to a cutter-path spec straightforwardly. Any suggestions?
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Welcome, Peter.

Sorry, can't help you with that one.

Someone may be along with more CNC experience.

Hang in there.

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I'm tearing my hair out! I've supplied our local 2D cnc router owner with a .dwg file but he keeps coming up with all sorts of excuses why he can't use it. Don't know what sort of machine he's got, but feel sure it should be possible to get from an Autocad dwg to a cutter-path spec straightforwardly. Any suggestions?
Hi Peter and welcome to the forum

Very few machines work directly from Autocad output or HPGL. The "industrial" standard for CAM code is ISO G-code, but getting there can be a problem, and the "standard" is loosely adhered to meaning that every machine is different. .DWG isn't the all-encompassing standard it should be, either, so have you asked him what CADCAM package he is trying to import it into and what the easiest import file type? It may be that he can better cope with 2D .DXF files than .DWG. I've certainly had problems in the past trying to import cad files into BobCAD and found that going to the oldest, lowest standard is often a reasonable route to adopt in the event of problems

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Thanks for the encouragement, James; it's so frustrating knowing what you want but being unable to achieve it!
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That's helpful, Phil; I can easily produce a .dxf. The big problem is getting the joinery firm to disclose info on their hardware and software. If only I could get my hands on a manual for their machine...!
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