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Benjamin Borowsky
08-19-2006, 12:10 PM
I think the title says it all. I know Bobcad sells a program, and it will plug into my bobcadcam, but it's a grand, which is about a thousand more than I wanted to pay for just playing around.

Does anyone know a shareware program that will take a picture and make it useable in a cam program? Thanks in advance,

Ben Borowsky

Benjamin Borowsky
08-20-2006, 09:08 PM
Ok, so it's clear that there isn't a free program - does anyone have a cheap recommendation? Thanks.

B2

Nick Carter
08-20-2006, 09:59 PM
Ok, so it's clear that there isn't a free program - does anyone have a cheap recommendation? Thanks.

B2
I have had luck with Wintopo free for converting jpegs to dxf files
http://wintopo.com/softsoft/wintopo/index-free.htm

Also:
http://www.roitsystems.com/cgi-bin/autotrace/tracer.pl
http://autotrace.sourceforge.net/

mochinist
08-20-2006, 10:01 PM
Ok, so it's clear that there isn't a free program - does anyone have a cheap recommendation? Thanks.

B2Are you talking about a raster to vector converter? If so just type that into google, there are a few that are free trimmed down versions, in my experience they didnt work very well though, could have been me though

There is also this vcarve program, it is relatively cheap for machining software anyways, i have played with the demo and it is pretty cool.
http://www.vectric.com/WebSite/Vectric/pvc/pvc_index.htm

Evan
08-20-2006, 10:39 PM
You can try scan2cnc, it's free.

http://www.gravomaster.com/Tristan_Dean/scan2cnc.html

Benjamin Borowsky
08-21-2006, 11:37 AM
Thanks, guys, I appreciate it. A lot!

BobWarfield
08-27-2006, 03:01 PM
One more:

The Artsoft people (Mach 3) have a free program called "LazyCAM" that looks interesting.

Best,

BW