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Need help converting HPGL files to GCode for my Mach3
« on: March 04, 2013, 12:14:31 PM »
Hi, I've been milling PCBs using Eagle then PCBGCODE then the OPTIMIZER. But, Eagle's size limitation is killing me. I had purchased a copy of SPRINT which outputs isolation milling files in a HPGL format. I dont know how to convert them to GCode. I really like the Eagle, but if switching to SPRINT allows me to make larger boards I'd drop Eagle in a second. What program can convert the HPGL files to GCode? Am I going about this in the right way? Any pointers would be appreciated!

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Re: Need help converting HPGL files to GCode for my Mach3
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2013, 12:27:36 PM »
Check out SheetCam it can deal with HPGL files.

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Re: Need help converting HPGL files to GCode for my Mach3
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 06:06:56 AM »
Hi Miles,

Welcome to the forum.

Try LazyCam (it comes free with Mach3) - it can convert HPGL(2) to GCode.
Providing the HPGL file size is not too large it makes a reasonable job, allows scaling and some limited editing etc.

Tweakie.
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