- March 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm #28998
Is the laser functions in Fusion 360 restricted to profile cuts only or am I missing something? I’d like to use it for vector logo and text etching but all I can get it to do is outline profile “cuts”. I know the CAM section is called Cutting so I’m guessing that is all it can do. Maybe there is a way to fill with a series of properly spaced lines to trick it…March 6, 2017 at 4:17 pm #29000
I was making some test in this direction a few weeks ago….. but no good results… Fusion 360 is good for lines as you say, but not to fill in. I think image2gcode is the way to go… slow, but great results.March 7, 2017 at 11:16 am #29039
I was afraid of that. I’m trying to avoid running any windows programs. That’s one reason I switched to Fusion. Anyone else have a Mac raster program suggestion?March 8, 2017 at 9:43 am #29082
Fusion is excelent. I’m also in mac…. virtualbox helps me with the windows programs that I still need.March 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm #29153
Same, now with Fusion I’m only going into bootcamp for Image2Gcode.March 10, 2017 at 12:51 am #29156
You just need to convert your desired medium to vector format so Fusion can ‘cut’ it.
It should be (depends on complexity) enough to use Inkscape for mac to convert or build your vectors, save as SVG then import into Fusion and apply the toolpaths. There are plenty of tutorials for Inkscape, a quick Youtube search for ‘inkscape vectorize image’ gives plenty of examples.
There is a Inkscape laser plugin for J tech laser you can download here :
It seems to have all the stuff you need for laser operations
There are users on this forum that uses this brand laser with the MPCNC, so it should be pretty straighforward 🙂March 10, 2017 at 6:23 am #29161
I have my workflow up and running by importing DXF out of Illustrator just fine. That’s not the problem. The problem is with this workflow the only operations I can seem to use with the laser in Fusion is “profile cut” the outline of vector letters and vector logos. This is not the look I want. I want to fill the vector outlines like you would do with a raster operation. A “pocket cut” so to speak in CNC terms. All I can get Fusion to do is profile cuts. I figured this type of “fill in the letters” operation would already be used by someone and I was overlooking a checkbox or some other hidden option in Fusion.
I’m going to investigate LaserWeb. I hear it is sort of compatible with Marlin.
Or maybe I can trick Fusion to turn on my laser using a typical mill tool pocketing operation. Maybe with the “coolant” option.March 10, 2017 at 6:28 am #29162
You should ask on the Fusion 360 Forum. They are very good and often it’s an Autodesk person that replies with a video how to do it..March 10, 2017 at 7:29 am #29166
That’s a good idea P3DCNC. I’ll go see what they say over there and report back.
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