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Grenoble/Lyon - France
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Hi there
I searched quickly but i did not find any answer
I don't know if you remember the project hector.ch. They used Scriptographer to output routing path from Illustrator and to control a specific hardware
Do you know any software that can make the same kind of thing, let's say read a particularly colored .eps file (like the ones you produce for ponoko) and output a txt file that can be read and translated in Processing (for exemple) to drive some stepper motors?
I'm just in a reflexion phase, I don't yet know how I'm gonna build my engraving thingy but I'd like to be sure I can draw paths easily without having to code every movement by hand ^^
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melka
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Yes its possible but you'll want to know the file format your targeting fairly well.
Lines wouldnt be difficult.
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I just saw that the RepRap project is working with an Arduino board, and that they got a G-code intepreter Sketch. I'll try to look this way ^^
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Thats probably a beter idea. The Hector system do not use an ordinary X / Y coordinate system, due to the way the painthead is hanging in a belt under the two stepper motors. So the math involved in interpretating the graphics files is very different from what you would need for an X / Y (/ Z) engraving system.
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hey guys.   hoeken from RepRap here.  i was just going to post about our gcode work and i found this.  i've created a new thread here that talks about the system itself: http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1204066265

basically, if you're building an engraving system which uses cnc style stuff, this is an extremely nice route to go down.

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BTW, if you hadn't seen it (I hadn't) Hektor is very cool: http://www.hektor.ch/

--Phil.
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