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sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« on: December 22, 2020, 08:56:05 PM »
WARNING, I dont own the plasma cutter. My father in law has a plasma cutter and I recently bought a dxf file downloaded the said file to a thumb drive. Pretty easy... I thought! He told me when he opened the uploaded the file to Mach 3 it was ''words and direction. Not numbers and letters'' Does anyone know how to help, or what to do differently? I know he uses plasmacam and mach 3. I also researched using lazy cam to make the g code in mach 3. I dont know if he has this downloaded on his software. I also downloaded Fusion 360 and can see my files perfectly but know which file extension to save it as for Mach 3 to read it or get the g code thing. I've been on google for 3 hours trying to learn. Please help!!!! I will attach the files if it lets me.

wine-men.dxf
0389ThinRedLine.dxf
Castle dxf File.rar

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Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2020, 02:02:12 AM »
Perhaps Google 'DXF to GCODE' there are a number of free converters available.
F-Engrave is good although I do not know if it supports a Plasma toolpath, you will just have to look and see. http://scorchworks.com/Fengrave/fengrave.html

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Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2020, 08:19:40 AM »
Do you know he ending of the g code? Example- .dxf .stf ?? I dont know what file extension it should even be saved as to be considered "G CODE"

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Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2020, 08:35:31 AM »
for Mach3 Default is .tap can also be .txt

any testfile is ok.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2020, 08:37:15 AM by TPS »
anything is possible, just try to do it.
if you find some mistakes, in my bad bavarian english,they are yours.
Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2020, 08:42:25 AM »
So if I find a program it needs to be resaved as .tap or . text correct?

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Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2020, 08:44:52 AM »
anyhow the file ending is not so important, but it must be a Textfile.

you can do a test, by opening with Notepad, then you should see the G-code you expect.
anything is possible, just try to do it.
if you find some mistakes, in my bad bavarian english,they are yours.
Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2020, 08:56:23 AM »
When I try to open it it says my computer doesn't have an app to open the file. Would you mind trying it?

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Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2020, 09:00:41 AM »
open Notepad
filetype -> any file
search and open your file
anything is possible, just try to do it.
if you find some mistakes, in my bad bavarian english,they are yours.
Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2020, 09:38:17 AM »
It says "0
SECTION
  2
HEADER
  9
$ACADVER
  1
AC1009
  9
$INSBASE
 10
0.0000000000
 20
0.0000000000
 30
0.0000000000
  9
$EXTMIN
 10
-4.5473178163
 20
-0.7389115386
 30
0.0000000000
  9
$EXTMAX
 10
22.6804554896
 20
11.0310480545
 30
0.0000000000
  9
$LIMMIN
 10
0.0000000000
 20
0.0000000000
  9
$LIMMAX
 10
12.0000000000
 20
9.0000000000
  9
$VIEWCTR
 10
6.2132530120
 20
4.5000000000
  9
$VIEWSIZE
 40
9.0000000000
  9
$SNAPMODE
 70
0
  9
$SNAPUNIT
 10
9.0000000000
 20
4.5000000000
  9
$SNAPBASE
 10
0.0000000000
 20
0.0000000000
  9
$SNAPANG
 50
0.0000000000
  9
$SNAPSTYLE
 70
0
  9
$SNAPISOPAIR
 70
0
  9
$GRIDMODE
 70
0
  9
$GRIDUNIT
 10"


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Re: sent my father in law a dxf and it isn't opening?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2020, 09:39:19 AM »
thats no g-code file that is a dxf file.
anything is possible, just try to do it.
if you find some mistakes, in my bad bavarian english,they are yours.