By V.Kalyaev kalyaev.com. gcodetools homepage
sudo dpkg -i inkscape_0.47.0-1ubuntu3~hardy1~ppa2_i386.deb
If you have problems downloading these files - take all of them inside one package gcodetools_tut02.zip
You are reading a very short tutorial and right now you can try it by yourself in 4 minutes! Just download files, open Inkscape and make 7 mouse clicks to mill a spiral:
e:/for the "E:" flash drive)
The job is done! Output file is already saved to
/home/username/test.ngc and should look like this:
% (Generated by gcode_tools from inkscape.) M3 G21 (All units in mm) G00 Z1.411111 G00 X29.999999 Y149.999996 G01 Z-0.282222 F100 G02 X31.695094 Y143.967656 Z-0.282222 I-1.318073 J-3.624712 F400.000000 G02 X26.666674 Y140.833326 Z-0.282222 I-6.955098 J5.557370 ..... skipped
All files including this tutorial inside one package: gcodetools_tut02.zip
Short "defaults" explanation: 10mm cylindrical cutter 1mm per pass and 10mm material thickness (from Z=0 to Z=-10). Default 1:1 scale is applied, no rotation, no translation Points: (0,0)→(0,0) and (100,0)→(100,0)
To apply 4:1 scale you should only change second point (100,0) to (400,0) (using text tool) and your Spiral will be enlarged 4x times inside Gcode!
Actual milling process images will be there in 3 days. Come back later!
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