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Badog CNC Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet Project


Kind of an older project but a good one, if anyone is interested in the file to build their own just send me an email i will email it back to you or just click here to download tthe actual toolpath in gcode. You can also download the objfile to test out your machine.








Star Wars

]]> (Administrator) General Topics Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:21:29 +0000
Badog CNC choice of Switzerland schools and government bodies

Badog CNC the choice of Switzerland schools and government bodies

Thank you to the swiss schools and government organizations who support 40% of our entire payrole!!

Finally after 6 years and hundreds of machines, in 2014-15 40% of our sales at Badog CNC came from the top schools and government agencies in Switzerland. Schools like EPFL, HESSO, L’ecole de Metiers, Switezrland forestry, Prison Centrale Fribourg and l’ecole d’ingineures have learned to trust the name Badog CNC. In a world filled cheap Chinese imports and over the counter kits or diy CNC milling machines made out of wood it is always nice to see local business being supported by the schools and government agencies instead of importing or buying interne.

]]> (Badog CNC Service) Badog Mechanical Related Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:35:39 +0000
Converting an Image to Vector Art

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.


There could be a time when you have a file that is a raster graphic but you need it as a vector art file. In this case you have a few options to get what you need if you cannot alter the image yourself. If someone created the image for you contact them and ask for the vector files. There are also online options for turning regular images into vector art. Many of these programs are free to use and can be found by typing “image to vector art” into any search engine. The quality of these free services may vary. Also keep in mind that they are not as skilled as a person designing an image so you probably will not be able to convert images that are too detailed on most of the websites but for something basic like some text or a picture of a logo these might be a fast and easy solution for your needs. Alternatively your only option may be to redesign the art yourself as a vector file or to hire a graphic designer who can do that for you. If you need to hire a graphic designer make sure you find someone who can get the finished files to you as a vector file (and preferably as a raster file as well). Find someone who can do both and do not be worried about not being able to find anyone, there are a lot of graphic designers out there. There are a few options open to you and with a little creativity you should be able to get what you need.




]]> (Badog CNC Service) Badog Software Related Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:42:22 +0000
Badog CNC welcomes EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and the team at ECAL lab

Badog CNC welcomes EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and the team at ECAL lab

Badog CNC would like to formally welcome EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and the team at ECAL lab (University of art and design Lausanne) to our family of clients and thank them all for their trust in our products.

The project Swiss Artisan + crossed my desk a little over a month ago to produce a massive 2.3m long CNC milling machine for the ECAL lab in Lausanne in order to mill panel and plate aluminium maintaining our incredible standards of precision and low price. This meant that our production had to be halted for 3 weeks and no more of our famous Badog X2 or Swiss Artisan 22 model machines could be manufactured to make room for the massive + space consuming table.

]]> (Badog CNC Service) Badog machines and clients pictures Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:58:39 +0000
Photo carving with Badog and Vectrix 3d

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

]]> (Badog CNC Service) General Topics Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:43:15 +0000
Thanks to all for coming to July Soirée CNC @ Badog CNC

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.

]]> (Badog CNC Service) General Topics Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:23:43 +0000
Welcome to our new clients Frima Formations in Fribourg

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




]]> (Badog CNC Service) General Topics Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:43:47 +0000
500 CNC machines and products in 6 years! Badog CNC still serving switzerland!

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.



]]> (Badog CNC Service) General Topics Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:41:33 +0000
Badog CNC presenting the Badog X3 alucutter at the FAMA Bulle

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.


]]> (Badog CNC Service) General Topics Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:25:56 +0000
The new asjustable Badog anti backlash nuts and blocks

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.

]]> (Badog CNC Service) Badog Mechanical Related Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:45:56 +0000
Clarification of importing DXF of files into Badog CAD

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.

]]> (Badog CNC Service) Badog Software Related Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:11:14 +0000
Automatic configuration for steps per unit in Mach3 post processor

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.

]]> (Badog CNC Service) Badog Mechanical Related Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:36:25 +0000
Setting up step direction cards for microstepping


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.

]]> (Badog CNC Service) Badog Electronic Related Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:05:27 +0000
Setting up your software for the microstepping modes


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.

]]> (Badog CNC Service) Badog Software Related Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:57:59 +0000
Congratulations! You have found our Blog! Welcome to our new Blog section for the Badog CNC website


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 for immediate attention. Or, you can also refer to our Documentations and FAQs from our website at

]]> (Badog CNC Service) General Topics Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:41:00 +0000