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illustrator to large dgx file question? Answered




Hello.

I'm in a bit of a hurry as there is a competition I want to enter by Friday but I just need to know before doing so if this is possible in theory. ( I only have to enter the image on Friday not the the object)

My final aim is to have an intricate image laser cut into  metal sheet  (5' x 7'.) at a metal fabricator's.



I have imported an A4 sized single colour tif. file into Illustrator and have converted it to a vector using Livetrace; it is now an ai. file.

This as far as I have got  .


But the question is ; 

I plan to use one of the available convertors to change this ai. file to a dgx. file.

Do I simply then take that to a fabricator and then that's it ?



Have I missed out a hundred steps and complications ?
Or is there a better way ?
Or is it not possible to scale up  an image this way?


It's obvious that I don't know what I'm doing so any advice will be appreciated.

Thanks

FOH






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Downunder35m

Best Answer 3 years ago

Simply ask what file formats are supported / prefered and that should be it.
The code generation is usually done by them as you would not have a clue about the right parameters for the job.
If in doubt supply the file in several vector formats on a USB stick and let them pick - just make sure your dimensions are right!

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FriendOfHumanityDownunder35m

Answer 3 years ago

Dear Downunder35m,

Thanks for the reply.

They could not read Tiff or PDF, so I sent a DFX file ( which was really an AI file exported as DFX ) and it seemed to work, for the purposes of a quote anyway.

Now I know a tiny bit more I will be able to ask a more coherent question in the near future.

Kind Regards

FOH

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Downunder35mFriendOfHumanity

Answer 3 years ago

These days companies still only use what they can put on their machines right away.
So the customer has to support the right file format.
For the few jobs I had to take elsewhere I asked what they use and converted.
Next time you might want to try a tracing program or plugin if your source is bitmap and you need a vactor file for processing.
This way you can be sure you have the cutting or engraving lines where they should be.
Just take text as an example:
Hello world!
This could be done two ways,
a) by outlining the text
b) by converting into a stroke text so really only the text itself is processed in the specified line width.

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steveastrouk

3 years ago

My laser takes .ai files as a native import, why change it ?

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FriendOfHumanitysteveastrouk

Answer 3 years ago

Dear Steveastrouk,

I am planning to use a commercial laser cutting service and they requested a DXF or a DWG file.

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FriendOfHumanitysteveastrouk

Answer 3 years ago

Yes, you are quite right , , , not a DGX , not a DFX but a DXF . . . . somewhere in the rush I got a bit muddled and so did my acronyms . . . sorry for the confusion.

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steveastroukFriendOfHumanity

Answer 3 years ago

OK, in which case a "clean" DXF, with as few vectors as possible is probably the way you should try and present the file.