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23-06-2013, 09:26 AM
Hi there i'm an absolute beginner to cnc work
I've made my machine and It works fine using mach 3
I've been doing engraving in brass using the write wizard.
However I want to make some small engraved logo's to put on items of woodwork i make.

What do I need to take a hand drawn (in biro) logo and convert it to a toolpath to engrave in brass

Is it something that mach 3 can do?

so I could scan the artwork and then? what software do I need?

I want the logos to look hand drawn ( not perfect like cad files would be)

Thanks in advance for any help

23-06-2013, 10:41 AM
,SoftSoft.net : WinTopo Raster to Vector Converter (http://wintopo.com/help/freeware-example1.htm)
Free CAM Software (http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-software/free-cam-software.html)

23-06-2013, 12:04 PM
Try F Engrave, free , now on V1.13

F-Engrave (http://www.scorchworks.com/Fengrave/fengrave.html)

It should be able to import a scanned bitmap of your logo , trace it to a vector and engrave it.

23-06-2013, 01:53 PM
I have downloaded f-engrave but on trying to open it a dos box opens quickley and then disappears nothing else
this is on windows 7

there was a thread about this but no resolution

any idea's


23-06-2013, 02:14 PM
Sure downloaded .exe and not the .src, just did that one, but 1.13 opens OK on Win7 here, unzip and click on the little man.

23-06-2013, 04:47 PM
I have now got it working on my desktop machine ( win7) but still cant get it to work on my workshop machine ( win xp)

When i try to open the exe file it says " The application failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect reinstalling may fix the problem "

I've reinstalled it a few times