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08-08-2012, 11:17 PM
The BobART software is an add on for BobCAD CAM. By adding the BobART it gives you options to work with image files like PDF, AI, ESP. You can also work with raster images like, BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIF and many more.

So how do use use this. It's simple bring an image in, trace it emboss it and machine it.

Step 1 : Load an image file

There are 2 options for loading an image file.

RT Click on the BobART Manager

http://s14.postimage.org/rca51lk3l/Load_Vector_files.png (http://postimage.org/)
img upload (http://postimage.org/)


RT Click on Images

http://s8.postimage.org/tqv614gph/Load_image.png (http://postimage.org/)
upload photo (http://postimage.org/)

Step 2: Trace the image

At this point you have 2 options, you can vectorize the image or trace over it.

The result we are looking for is a wire frame out line of the part we want to emboss.

In other words we want to go from this:

http://s13.postimage.org/aktvg5ssn/Star_Fish_white_B.png (http://postimage.org/)
free image hosting (http://postimage.org/)

To This

http://s7.postimage.org/mhp30jx6z/Black_star_fish.png (http://postimage.org/)
photo hosting (http://postimage.org/)

How is this done? Well it's really simple! Use this video link to learn more.

Load image and trace - adepoalo's library (http://screencast.com/t/RZbP6YBKrl4w)

Step 3: Emboss it

Now that we have the traced image we want to emboss it, or give it thickness and depth. This is done using the emboss model features in BobART. You can take closed chains ( what we created when tracing the image) and emboss them. There are many options for embossing.

http://s10.postimage.org/b9299sdxl/emboss_option.png (http://postimage.org/)
upload photo (http://postimage.org/)

Use this video link to learn how to emboss with BobART

Embossing steps - adepoalo's library (http://screencast.com/t/nGHN3a4v40)

http://s14.postimage.org/s1gze8c8x/EM_Black.png (http://postimage.org/)
upload pictures (http://postimage.org/)

Step 4: Machine it

This would be your final step, cutting the part. What you are looking to do is create tool path for the embossed model.

The result would look like this

http://s12.postimage.org/s1wljb5bh/tool_path_on_black.png (http://postimage.org/)
upload photo (http://postimage.org/)

Use this video link to learn more: Setting up tool path - adepoalo's library (http://screencast.com/t/KV901FkDE)

Give it a try yourself!