I have been getting emails asking questions about john walsh's drawing boards
asking about the quality of the dxf file and the number of nodes produced so I put together a video
to demo and explain a bit
Stan, keep in mind that I've never cut anything but vinyl graphics. I used to simplify files to reduce the nodes in curves and straight lines in order to get nicer cuts. From what I gather, you think you require more nodes? Are the lines between nodes only straight in DXF files? For example a typical circle will only have four nodes.
its has been my experience that if you cut down on the nodes doing a circle it will look like a multipoint star
His software has a circle command , you can touch 3 points and it will create the circle perfectly and 100% accurate
but using the drawing commands you have to select more than 7 nodes , I use around 35 to 40
I used to design jobs in Illustrator and import into Flexicut which I believe used HPGL format to send to the Roland vinyl cutters I used to run. A circle might have had only four nodes but it would end up cutting perfect (to the eye anyway) no matter how big you cut it.
well I can only speak from my experience and I have cut back on nodes to the point that it looked like a star, but in john's software there is a
circle draw command and you only touch 3 points and it creates a circle 100% accurate.
The program even asks if the dia is ### so you can then change it.
I have not used illustrator but have looked at it for node editing and I prefer aspire for node work
But I do see what you have shown
Stan by all means use whatever works for you. I was just curious because of my past experience with vectors. There used to be some Windows drawing software that created vector drawings (wmf) but there was only straight lines. So a circle would need many nodes to look good. I was wondering if that was the case with your software.
A forum community dedicated to router and woodworking professionals and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about different types of routing and routers, shop safety, finishing, woodworking related topics, styles, tools, scales, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!