Introduction: Importing JPEG Into DesignEdge

This is how you import a JPEG image file into the Design edge software to be cut with the CNC plasma cutter. More skills are outlined in my other instructable (Using A CNC Plasma Cutter).

Step 1: Put File on the Computer

You want to have the file on the computer, not on an external storage device because it will crash the program and you will lose all of your progress.

Step 2: Open DesignEdge

Easy enough.

Step 3: Import and Convert

To import and convert the file you need to go to File>Import. Then choose the file that you wish to be working with, in this case it is called "CHARGER WRESTLING FALL2014" select and then open. When the 'import bitmap image' screen is open make sure that 'show image in drawing' is unchecked, 'covert image to vectors' is checked and that it is set to black and white. Next, click In the white background so the program can distinguish the different vectors. Then click next and choose image type to 'solid' (unlike in the picture) because the image we are converting is solid. if the image was just lines then we would want to choose 'outline', However if the image does not turn out after it is converted then you may have to change the setting. Then select 'next'.

Step 4: Cleaning Up the Drawing

After the drawing was imported it was very small so we are going to scale it using the scale command (more commands are outlined in my previous instructable) it is scaled and moved so it is easier to work with and see the impurities. This drawing is relatively clean so most things will not needed to be cleaned up. Not all drawings are like this so you can use the smooth and join commands which are explained in the video manual, you can find this under the help tab. The only thing that we will have to do is look at the drawing and think if any of the small holes are hard to cut and will negatively impact the final product. The two smallest holes will not come out well so to delete them just select and press delete.

Step 5: Scale Drawing to Cut Size

The piece of metal that will be used to cut is 24in x 24in. Therefore i will be making a box 24x24 in the program. I did this just as an easy reference point so i know the design is not bigger than the metal i wish to cut. After the box is drawn you can use the move and scale commands to make the drawing fit.

Step 6: Convert to Cut Path

When converting to cut paths you must think about what should be cut first so it does not fall through the table. Under the 'machine' tab select 'covert to cut path', now you will select in order the lines you wish to cut. Note that when converting to cut paths you see an extra line coming off of the path that means the torch will fire off on that line then move to the cut path creating a gouge on the piece automatically making it scrap. For this project we want to cut out the letters and put them on something else, so we want to click on the outside of the line we wish to cut for the letters. but for the inner shapes we want to cut on the inside, so to choose those cut paths we will click towards the inner side of the shape. we will select the cut paths from the inside out so the large parts don't fall through the table early.

Step 7: Cut

Refer to my previous instructable for cutting instructions

Using A CNC Plasma Cutter

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