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Re: #eagle #pcbgcode PCB-Gcode Setup window running off screen #eagle #pcbgcode

Bobert
 

Hey there, I'm a complete newbie. Would you mind referencing the main file name, please? Thanks a bunch.

Re: #eagle #pcbgcode PCB-Gcode Setup window running off screen #eagle #pcbgcode

Jose Matos
 

Hi,

edit pcb-gcode-setup.ulp and delete lines 503-505 containing the code

"<a href=http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pcb-gcode>"

"<img src='docs/images/pcbgcode-600.gif' width='300'/>"

"</a>"

save and run again.
for me worked well....
hope can help you.

Re: #eagle #pcbgcode PCB-Gcode Setup window running off screen #eagle #pcbgcode

Bobert
 

Worked perfectly, thank you much! I opened everything but that because I didn't have a way to open it haha. Changed the extension to .txt, edited the code, then renamed the file xxx.ulp and it worked correctly for reference.

missing profiles #pcbgcode

Vaughn
 

Hi, new to the group and pcbgcode.
 
Been trying out this eagle for a time and not had much luck getting the files I need to make my cnc make a board.
 
downloaded the pcb-gcode and placed this in the correct folder:
 
D:\My Documents\Documents\eagle\external_usr-lang-prog\pcbgcode
 
looks like this:
 
 
when I try to run the pcb-gcode-setup action it asks I choose a style, as this is my first time using. Trouble is I have no styles listed to choose. 
 
I have added the paths to the directories, I even added the same path to ALL directories, each in turn, to make sure I was not using the wrong one., Still no styles found. In the folders above, in the profiles one, I have some 5 styles to choose from but they never come up in the correct window so I can choose them.
 
I am using the eagle 9.1.1 version 
 
Any help please Vaughn

Re: missing profiles #pcbgcode

Leonard Wohlsdorf
 

Hi Vaughn,  I am also new at this. I have been able to get an example to my cnc and able to level and cut. When you are
in the set up for the first time you will be asked what style you are dealing with which I think the program is trying to find the
best controller type that you have. I have bought a cheap China cnc to experiment with so I chose the "Tries to be very compatible choice" in the list and it then allows me to get into the setup settings. I believe you need to go to an example drawing and get it opened up first then go to the file, go down to run ULP.  When you select pcb-gcode-setup you will either have the screen choice of  style or it will just go straight to the rest of the setup. If you see no choices then you may need to go to gcode-defaults.h where you have to clear reset the to a new installation variable?? Haven't had to do this but see if this helps. Let me know if I can help you more to find this variable. Once you reset it to a new installation you will be given the choice again of the style. Maybe a more advanced user could help some also. Always find I need help with programing questions so the forums are great for assistance. Hope I have helped you. Let me know if you need me to look help more.
Len

Re: missing profiles #pcbgcode

Vaughn
 

I too have the cheep china one. Main problem is I have no profiles to choose from.

Now looking at trying the 7 version, to see if thats less trouble.

Thanks Vaughn

On 20 July 2018 at 22:22, <lwohlsdorf@...> wrote:
Hi Vaughn,  I am also new at this. I have been able to get an example to my cnc and able to level and cut. When you are
in the set up for the first time you will be asked what style you are dealing with which I think the program is trying to find the
best controller type that you have. I have bought a cheap China cnc to experiment with so I chose the "Tries to be very compatible choice" in the list and it then allows me to get into the setup settings. I believe you need to go to an example drawing and get it opened up first then go to the file, go down to run ULP.  When you select pcb-gcode-setup you will either have the screen choice of  style or it will just go straight to the rest of the setup. If you see no choices then you may need to go to gcode-defaults.h where you have to clear reset the to a new installation variable?? Haven't had to do this but see if this helps. Let me know if I can help you more to find this variable. Once you reset it to a new installation you will be given the choice again of the style. Maybe a more advanced user could help some also. Always find I need help with programing questions so the forums are great for assistance. Hope I have helped you. Let me know if you need me to look help more.
Len




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Re: missing profiles #pcbgcode

Leonard Wohlsdorf
 

Vaughn, If the pcbgcode thinks you have choosen a style previously then it bypasses the style choice screen and continues to the rest of the setup program. I think you must back out of that part of the setup as though you are doing a new install. This would allow you your choice again. Hope this helps, Len

 

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From: pcbgcode@groups.io <pcbgcode@groups.io> on behalf of Vaughn Lucock <vlkteach@...>
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2018 8:32:45 AM
To: pcbgcode@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pcbgcode] missing profiles #pcbgcode
 
I too have the cheep china one. Main problem is I have no profiles to choose from.

Now looking at trying the 7 version, to see if thats less trouble.

Thanks Vaughn

On 20 July 2018 at 22:22, <lwohlsdorf@...> wrote:
Hi Vaughn,  I am also new at this. I have been able to get an example to my cnc and able to level and cut. When you are
in the set up for the first time you will be asked what style you are dealing with which I think the program is trying to find the
best controller type that you have. I have bought a cheap China cnc to experiment with so I chose the "Tries to be very compatible choice" in the list and it then allows me to get into the setup settings. I believe you need to go to an example drawing and get it opened up first then go to the file, go down to run ULP.  When you select pcb-gcode-setup you will either have the screen choice of  style or it will just go straight to the rest of the setup. If you see no choices then you may need to go to gcode-defaults.h where you have to clear reset the to a new installation variable?? Haven't had to do this but see if this helps. Let me know if I can help you more to find this variable. Once you reset it to a new installation you will be given the choice again of the style. Maybe a more advanced user could help some also. Always find I need help with programing questions so the forums are great for assistance. Hope I have helped you. Let me know if you need me to look help more.
Len




--
M0VLK
2E0EDN
M6HJZ 73 to all

start in middle of program #pcbgcode #gcode

Leonard Wohlsdorf
 

Hi All, Getting better at my board cutting and soon will make my first board. I have a question I was wondering is there a way I can start up my gcode at a place further into the code ? I have found that I need to add a M0 command to get my drills into the  too holder. M06 command is not recognized for the tool change so I was going to just add a tool change location command then pause put the bit in the go back to the drill commands and continue. I have a pretty good board cut but with no holes. I have to reset my x0.0 y0.0 since I had to leave the shop. I would like to be able to skip the cutting and go to the line that starts my drilling. Just starting out there are many questions most of which I was able to find the answer. Thanks for your time, Len

cutting plexiglass #mill

Jack Kennedy
 

I am very familiar with Eagle going clear back to 4.09..I want to use Eagle to make design in .sch for plexiglass cutting and then somehow make Gcode from that..Should I use symbol for the lines/circles, or should i use signals and then do it all in .brd ??????
maybe pcbgcode is not the right thing to use for plexiglass etching..?? can anyone give me some direction please..thanks for any help..

Re: cutting plexiglass #mill

John Johnson
 

If you draw tracks, pcb-gcode will generate gcode to outline those tracks.
If you draw lines on the Milling layer, pcb-gcode will generate gcode to cut down the center of those lines.
So the way you want your artwork to appear would determine which layer you draw on.
Whether pcbgcode is the right tool for the job is another question :-)

On Aug 7, 2018, 12:59 PM -0400, watchman911@..., wrote:
I am very familiar with Eagle going clear back to 4.09..I want to use Eagle to make design in .sch for plexiglass cutting and then somehow make Gcode from that..Should I use symbol for the lines/circles, or should i use signals and then do it all in .brd ??????
maybe pcbgcode is not the right thing to use for plexiglass etching..?? can anyone give me some direction please..thanks for any help..

Re: cutting plexiglass #mill

Rick Obel
 

 

I will be interested in this, too.  If Eagle cannot be used for this purpose, perhaps Fusion3D can, even though it is only 2D?  I intend to explore that and will report any success.

 

From: pcbgcode@groups.io [mailto:pcbgcode@groups.io] On Behalf Of watchman911@...
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 9:44 AM
To: pcbgcode@groups.io
Subject: [pcbgcode] cutting plexiglass #mill

 

I am very familiar with Eagle going clear back to 4.09..I want to use Eagle to make design in .sch for plexiglass cutting and then somehow make Gcode from that..Should I use symbol for the lines/circles, or should i use signals and then do it all in .brd ??????
maybe pcbgcode is not the right thing to use for plexiglass etching..?? can anyone give me some direction please..thanks for any help..

Re: cutting plexiglass #mill

Jack Kennedy
 

thankyou.. for the info on how to use layers..looks like this should work perfect..thankyou

Re: missing profiles #pcbgcode

Vaughn
 

Installed the 7.7 version and now all looks ok. 

Just need to work out how to use it all lol

Thanks for the help Vaughn

Jepgs and things #mill

Vaughn
 

Not sure if this is the correct place or tag, apologies if I am wrong.

I feel confident with a little more work ?I can get the boards I design made but there are still some very good boards out there I would like to use. These are free of copy-write, so no problems there.

Thing is I have no idea how to convert these to a Gerber file to allow it to be machined as with the others without re drawing the schematic,

I did see that a bmp can be imported but this is often too low quality for the board.

Any ideas please 

Vaughn

Re: cutting plexiglass #mill

spinnaker
 

You might be better to use something like Drafsight then use Cambam to convert to gcode.   Cambam is not free but has a number of trail tries.

Re: Jepgs and things #mill

Jack Kennedy
 

https://oshpark.com/  is a great place to get pc boards made... I have used them for years..

Re: Jepgs and things #mill

Phillip Vogel
 

If what you are saying is that you have a picture of the traces on a board (that’s what I think you are saying), assuming that you have a high enough resolution image, many board shops can make boards from your artwork. There will likely be an additional setup charge, but after all, they don’t print gcode onto copper, they print black and white images.

 

There will also be a a charge for digitizing the hole locations, but unless it’s a complicated board, that shouldn’t be much. You will have to supply a print with the hole sizes marked.

 

For stuff like this, it’s easiest to deal with a local shop, but after all, this was the way boards were made before we had CAD (showing my age here).

 

Hope this helps

 

From: pcbgcode@groups.io [mailto:pcbgcode@groups.io] On Behalf Of Vaughn Lucock
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 3:35 PM
To: pcbgcode@groups.io
Subject: [pcbgcode] Jepgs and things #mill

 

Not sure if this is the correct place or tag, apologies if I am wrong.

I feel confident with a little more work ?I can get the boards I design made but there are still some very good boards out there I would like to use. These are free of copy-write, so no problems there.

Thing is I have no idea how to convert these to a Gerber file to allow it to be machined as with the others without re drawing the schematic,

I did see that a bmp can be imported but this is often too low quality for the board.

Any ideas please 

Vaughn

Re: cutting plexiglass #mill

Bernardc
 

As agree, CAMBAM is the best tool to make etching. You can import DXF or draw directly your sketch. To test you can use the free version, limited but really usefull. Have a look on CAMBAM site

Bernard

 

De : pcbgcode@groups.io [mailto:pcbgcode@groups.io] De la part de spinnaker
Envoyé : mardi 7 août 2018 21:50
À : pcbgcode@groups.io
Objet : Re: [pcbgcode] cutting plexiglass #mill

 

You might be better to use something like Drafsight then use Cambam to convert to gcode.   Cambam is not free but has a number of trail tries.

Re: cutting plexiglass #mill

sdmonaco
 

Hi Watchman,

I have been making plastic panels and cases using eagle and pcbgcode for several years now.  I have created some gcode post processing software which makes it easier and greatly improves the quality of your resulting panels.  The two routines are called mpass.exe and cscale.exe.  Pcbgcode normally does all board cutting specified by the mill layer in a single pass at the depth specified in setup.  Mpass simply converts this gcode to a multi pass operation.  You specify total cut depth and cut depth/pass and it generates the gcode.  My copy of eagle also limits my maximum board size to 4x6 inches.  The cscale routine takes the gcode file produced by pcbgcode and scales all cut geometry by the scale factor specified.  So when I need to make a 12x4 inch panel I draw it 6x2 inches in eagle then run it through cscale with a scale factor of 2 which produces the correct panel size. I then run it through mpass to produce a gcode file which does the panel cutout in about 4 or 5 passes depending on the material I am cutting.   I uploaded both routines to the old yahoo drive but I have not checked to see if they were ported over to groups.io.   Let me know if you need a copy and I will upload them again.  

Sam

Re: cutting plexiglass #mill

Jack Kennedy
 

thats good stuff Sam-- I am just starting to git a grip on Gcode and especially Z axis control so what u have sounds great..
my mini-mill is grbl arduino driven and my Eagle free-edition 9.1 is running on Ubuntu 18.04...I just downloaded Eagle 9.1.0 free edition and am amazed it says working area is 80cm x 80cm..whats that 2 1/2 feet on a side..!!!!

On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 1:29 PM, sdmonaco via Groups.Io <sdmonaco@...> wrote:
Hi Watchman,

I have been making plastic panels and cases using eagle and pcbgcode for several years now.  I have created some gcode post processing software which makes it easier and greatly improves the quality of your resulting panels.  The two routines are called mpass.exe and cscale.exe.  Pcbgcode normally does all board cutting specified by the mill layer in a single pass at the depth specified in setup.  Mpass simply converts this gcode to a multi pass operation.  You specify total cut depth and cut depth/pass and it generates the gcode.  My copy of eagle also limits my maximum board size to 4x6 inches.  The cscale routine takes the gcode file produced by pcbgcode and scales all cut geometry by the scale factor specified.  So when I need to make a 12x4 inch panel I draw it 6x2 inches in eagle then run it through cscale with a scale factor of 2 which produces the correct panel size. I then run it through mpass to produce a gcode file which does the panel cutout in about 4 or 5 passes depending on the material I am cutting.   I uploaded both routines to the old yahoo drive but I have not checked to see if they were ported over to groups.io.   Let me know if you need a copy and I will upload them again.  

Sam