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Converting an Image to Vector Art

Vector art is a type of image file created using vector illustration software such as Adobe Illustrator. This type of software uses mathematic equations and geometric primitives (shapes, lines and points) to make smooth images that can be scaled up or down without losing quality to pixilation like with the other type of image file called a raster graphic. When using a CNC router you need vector art so that the programs in your machine will have a perfectly clear image to work with. To tell whether or not you have a vector art file start by seeing what type of file your image is. Certain file extensions are very common, especially those used by Adobe Illustrator since that is one of the most common programs for creating vector art images. The four most common vector art file extensions are .ai, .pdf, .eps and .svg. A file saved to one of these formats is not always vector art, even though the extensions are a good indicator. You cannot open a raster file in a software program that creates vector art and resave it as a vector image. It will still act like a raster file with pixilation occurring when you change the image’s size. Only files created in a vector art program are true vector art images. It is possible to use the image trace feature in Adobe Illustrator to make a raster graphic into a vector art graphic. You might also find that other vector illustration software is capable of something similar but it will depend on what software you are using. With a little Internet searching you can try to find a tutorial on how your program can do this, if it can do it at all. To be absolutely certain that your image is a vector art file the easiest thing to do is to open the file in a vector editing program. If you see a series of lines with nodes in the image those are the vector editing nodes and that means your file is vector art. If you do not have vector editing software it may be worth it to find someone who does and get their help checking your images.

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photo carving with Badog and Vectrix 3d

Hello to all, I just wanted to share a couple of examples shared from one of our clients using vectrix software and his Badog X2 machine. the carving was done in 2 levels 1 pass of rough with a tool of 3mm and one passd with a finer ball nosed tool with a diameter of 3mm. although the project did take quite a long time to complete (about 20-30 minutes), the end surface yielded an almost flawless curve. thanks for sending us the pictures and feel free if anyone has some more examples to send them to us or just upload them to facebook and we will tag them for you





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Thanks again to all who attended or free night classes!!

We at Badog CNC would just like to thank the participants of the last soirée CNC here in our shop in Romont last month in July. This month there was great food, fun and for the first time fireworks as well as some informative topics on gear cutting. We would also like to thank the town of Romont for their unexpected participation in supplying the fireworks to add to the ambiance.





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Welcome to our new clients Frima Formations in Fribourg

welcome to our new friends at frima formations in fribourg who has purchased on of our Artisan badog machines  and we had the honor to meet with th ewhole team there

 

 

 

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Happy birthday Badog CNC!

It has been a heck of a ride for us since we opened our doors 6 years ago but we still continue with our guaranty of quality and unparalleled after sales support and service. What once seemed impossible has become our particular speciality in turning the market of high quality router into an everyday too for customers who have usually had no experience before with CNC machines. Regardless that we have sold to hundreds of Swiss business from Michelin to EPFL, we have never raised the price of our machines and have continued to target the small business and local businessman of Switzerland. We even opened a club to help people understand what CNC is and every month we invite everyone to come play with our machines in our famous Soirée CNC night classes.

 


We may have grown incredibly quickly, but we have never turned our back on the essentials and even though we cannot spend as much time as we wish on the phone with each of our 30000 clients we guaranty that we will never leave any question unanswered and that is what sets us apart. So we thank you the hobby user, craftsman, weekend warrior and of course multinational corporations for your support in buying and trusting our Badog products.

 

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From the 15 to 17 NOVEMBER 2013 we were at BULLE - ESPACE GRUYERE

The FAMA edition 2013, with nearly 70 booths distributed on 5000m2 of surface, attracted more than 9000 visitors and passionate of the hobby world. We were proud to show off our new machines cutting aluminium and wood for the public. We have introduced the Badog X3 back to the market for all to see.

 

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The new adjustable Badog anti-backlash nuts and blocks history

Since a 2009 ago we have introduced and been using anti-backlash nuts and bearings as options on many of our products and, in turn, have eliminated the need for ball screws and belts altogether on our Badog X brand of machine router. We have been well aware at the beginning that the trapezoidal axis was not the first choice in drive (movement) in order to guarantee a precise CNC machine. We have tried many systems over the years but each drive system had its own unique problem that contributed to in precision. The 2 original options of the ball screw and belts were quickly found to be unusable if we wanted to Assure a rigid machine without free play and still save our customers money in the process. We had to find a solution reliable and secure.

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Hello everyone and welcome back to our blog today we will be dealing with the import of DXF files. Simply put we are getting more and more demands on our importation and treatment of dxf file formats into our machine Software interface in Badog CAD. This blog entry is designed to clarify little problems that most of our customers are having with the importation of these file formats. Firstly the program Badog CAD cannot import DWG files; you must change these formats into DXF information so that we can get rid of the AutoCAD headers and unimportant information that could cause problems when using your CNC. So save your Dxf that you have made into AutoCAD’s DXF format.

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Mach3 is powerful software but it is not without its problems. Here is a case where the settings of the mach3 panel didn’t want to cooperate with the physical settings of the machine. Occasionally there could be some unforeseen problems that we have never seen before like the Mach3 calibration that doesn’t match the physical dimensions of the screw. When this happens we will have to calibrate the axes correctly but manually to eliminate conversion or hardware errors.

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Firstly, a little misconception

There is much misconception concerning micro stepping and CNC circuits. The goal of this blog entry is to clear up the misconceptions and show how to properly set up the microstepping settings on your control card.

For a couple of years now, I have been asked over and over how to definitively set up the micro stepping settings on our control card so in launching this blog, I hope to address this question as well as other repeated Badog CNC questions. Obviously these steps should only be followed by CNC professionals or someone who knows what they are doing in the electronics department.

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Setting up your software for the microstepping modes

Once your card has been configured for the microstepping settings , we need to calibrate the machine with the software. So, how do I apply this in the real world? well it is quite simple and only takes a couple of minutes. Depending on the model of stepper card you have the changeover for the hardware is easily obtained by installing jumper hats on the settings directly on the control card as illustrated in the picture below.For more detailed description see our blog entry for the hardware microstepping specifics.And remember that if you have a question or comment on this or any other blog entry or even on our website, feel free to drop us a line or to contact us through the contact form on this site.

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Welcome to our new Blog section for the Badog CNC website

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Our blog you will find information pertaining to your specific model of machine or product as well as other professional advice from our award winning staff!

We welcome any inquiries and feedback from you. Feel free to send us an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for immediate attention. Or, you can also refer to our Documentations and FAQs from our website at http://www.badog.chhttp://www.badog.ch

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