NOTE: The myCNC DXF import is provided AS IS, and may not be suitable as a full-fledged CAM software package replacement. The DXF import functionality performs best on simple contours, and is limited in scope for certain applications (plasma, etc). Please consult the myCNC team for more information on DXF import functionality.
The following manual is designed to give the reader a quick introduction on importing DXF files into myCNC software to convert to G-Code. Note that the DXF import window allows the user to combine different technologies, provided that their tool paths have been drawn in different layers (DXF files) or in different pens/colours (HPGL files). That will allow to assign a particular technology to each such layer/pen (for example, using a spindle or a marker alongside a tangential knife). The myCNC software will automatically add all the necessary tool change and tool lift macros when generating the G-code file from the imported drawing.
A quick overview of the DXF import functions is available here:
An introduction to combining different technologies for different layers of the original drawing can also be seen in the camera vision video (relevant information begins at 5:20). Note that while the examples shown are specifically for the tangential knife and camera tools, the principle remains the same for all the other available options (half-knife, creasing wheel, spindle, plasma, marker, etc):
Upon pressing the Open DXF file and navigating to the particular file you would like to open, the following window is shown:
This window can be split into the following areas:
The file manager allows the user to pick the particular DXF file they would like to open. Note that the folders available to the user through myCNC software's DXF import feature are listed in Settings > Config > Preferences > Common. Only the folders listed there can be accessed during the importing process.
As can be seen in the Technology Settings section, the list of available technologies is as follows:
The settings for these technologies can also be accessed through Settings > Config > DXF import settings. Depending on the user's needs, unnecessary technologies can be disabled to reduce screen clutter.
Below are the descriptions of the available settings for each of the technologies listed in the Technology Settings:
Knife that's held at an angle (often a 45-degree knife).
Similar to regular knife (“straight-knife”), however the rotation is limited to +-180 degrees.
The DXF file settings allow the user to specify the particular tools and tool numbers used for each layer of the DXF file, as well as edit the following options:
In our example, we will be enabling DXF import for plasma cutting. Please note, that plasma cutting using DXF files is limited in functionality (lacking features such as kerf compensation, etc), and should not be used as a dedicated CAM software replacement.
The visualization window serves as a visual indication for the user as to how the DXF file that is being imported will look. It also allows to catch some simple mistakes in file settings such as the wrong technology or the wrong priority being selected for each layer of the DXF file.
As an example, below is a visualization of a DXF file designed with a tangential knife in mind. If the tool has been incorrectly selected to be a plasma cutter, the visualization can serve as a useful reminder to the user:
For a full description of the DXF settings configuration dialogue, please consult the myCNC Configuration Dialogues page.