A Quick Image to Gcode Tutorial Using EMC2

Start with this document: EMC2 User Manual (PDF) – Check out chapter 22.

micRoWhen I say quick, I mean lightning fast quick. The video accompanying this is about 4 minutes long. I used GIMP in Ubuntu 8.04 to make some lettering. It simply says, “micRo”.  I used sans bold font and made it fit in a 1.5″ x 7″ area. I cropped the image and saved it under a .png file.
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Two micRo CNC Router Videos: Drawing a ruler and EMC Image to GCODE

These are two videos and pictures of today’s experimentation. I tried out Image to GCODE in EMC2, and I tried out a GCODE program that I wrote to draw a ruler. Overall, I think it was a pretty good afternoon. The King Josiah would look better if carved in wood, but I’m not ready for that yet. I used GIMP to put black text on a white background. Then I loaded it into EMC2.
Image to GCODE
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This week @ tech-tut (August 5)

Things are going well this week. A few Cigar Box Amps have been sold on the eBay. One CBA was modified for a gentleman interested in buying it on Etsy. I added a DC jack for use with a wall adapter. I am thinking that the wall adapter jack needs to be standard on all of the CBAs built by me because several people have asked about them.

A couple of repairs were sent my way this week. A few Danelectro pedals came through that had some loose parts. A touch of resoldering brought them back to a reliable life. Two straightening irons were repaired. One had a short in the plug and at the elbow. I spliced and resoldered the joints and heatshrinked them back to life.

This weekend I’ll be assembling a few more Cigar Box Amps. I have enough supplies to build two more before having to reorder parts. I’m thinking about exclusively selling them on Etsy from now on. I sell them at such low prices that I’m working for about $2 an hour after the eBay fees are paid. That’s not even hardly worth my time, but I enjoy building them, and I believe Etsy.com will be the best route for me to go.

Finally, I’m preparing my work shop for my new Lumenlab micRo V3 CNC router. I posted a new entry with a photo here–> Preparing for a Lumenlab micRo V2(V3) CNC Router It’s due to ship any day now.

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