I am a brand new user of the Xcarve and I need some help.
I uploaded the image below to inkscape and did a bitmap trace to convert it to an svg file, but easel will not accept this file. Even if easel did accept the file I have a feeling that I would have to use 1/32" bit to get all this detail of the original image. Is there a way I can smooth some of the edges or simplify the detail so that I don’t have to use such a small bit? I want the crest to be 8"x8" and I don’t want it to take hours to finish. What type of bit would you recommend for something of this detail?
Thank you for taking time out of your day to help me.
You might also want to try http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg , I’ve had very good luck with that site.
No worries on the bit size, Easel will automatically just not carve any detail too small for the bit to fit into. On something that complex, you will see a very significant loss of detail at an 8" size if you go larger than a 1/16th, I’d think. Your best bet would be to use the two-tool engraving method they have, and use a 1/8 or 1/4 or so to clear the bulk of it, then go to a 1/16th for your details. At least, that’s how I would tackle it if I was using Easel.
Thank you for your quick response! How would one implement the two-tool engraving method?
Check out https://discuss.inventables.com/t/two-stage-cuts/869/5, and it’ll give you all the info you need on it. Works quite well!
You will need to request access to it, it’s still a “beta” tool, but it’s amazingly handy for exactly what you’re doing there.
What type of bit would you recommend for this project?
Personally, I’d probably use a 1/8" two-flute downshear for the bulk of it, with a 1/16th for the second tool doing the detailing. Downshear again preferred, for the far nicer surface finish.
Thanks again Dan Brown.
Easel keeps crashing when I try and upload the svg from http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg
And here is where we more or less run up against the extent of my knowledge. Were you able to open the SVG in Inkscape, etc, to validate that it did convert properly?
Yes I can open it in inkscape
Interesting. It might be worth posting this one up down in the Easel area with a cross-reference to this thread, since this definitely seems to be more of an Easel concern than a mechanical one. It will likely get noticed there by the people who know enough to help somewhat quicker.
I’d suggest trying Estlcad (or one of the other packages discussed), and not using Easel.
If the svg uses a gradient, easel will not be able to read it in
Could anyone else try converting this image to an SVG file that works with easel? This would be much Appreciated!
I’m pretty sure that the one I uploaded was not a gradient and I would prefer to use easel over another program.
Could you attach the original file to your post and I’ll see what I can do for you.
Or just pm (email) me the file.
Andy4us thank you so much!!! works like a charm you dah man!
No problem, make sure you post a picture of the finished carve !
I’ve found that if I open the SVG in MakerCam (www.makercam.com) and save it again from there, Easel is usually a lot happier with the incoming file.
In inkscape when you trace bitmap you end up with 2 images one on the other. Take top image drag it to the side and delete bottom layer then save.
Save as Optimized SVG in inkscape.