Below is a slideshow showing the procedure I followed to convert a photograph into a printed image.
- I got a cool postcard and took a photo with my phone.
- I edited the photo in Microsoft paint to crop the edges off.
- I imported the photo into *DePixelizer Mode*, edit, & export as an SVG.
- (This is the SVG. I can view it with any internet browser. I use google chrome).
- I switched to *Creation Mode.* (the SVG we just made is automatically imported). I positioned the image on the cup & exported a JOB file.
- *CylinDraw Viewer* automatically opens to preview every stroke of the job. I look at it, decide its ok then exit the Viewer.
- (You can also view the job file with google chrome, it looks like this.)
- I switch to *Run Mode*. (the JOB file we just made is automatically imported). The machine is connected via usb, it is automatically detected. I press play.
- The machine prompts me to insert the correct pen color. (It will be an engraving so this is irrelevant, but this is necessary if coloring with pens.)
- All irrelevant buttons disappear and I watch the machine work.
The example below shows the difference between setting mono mode vs color mode. For reference, within the DePixelizer program the left image is the vector preview & the right image is the raw input.
What we refer to as JOB files are actually g-code embedded svg files (Pokemon_Example.JOB.svg). Because they are svg files they can be viewed as thumbnails by windows so you can quickly see exactly what jobs you have saved. Also notice the words and cup silhouette around the images that provide extra context for the job.
Any necessary user inputs are straightforward prompts.
The ‘goblet setting’ in Creation Mode is used for wineglasses.
Not shown above but there is also a Calibration Mode. This is used on freshly assembled machines to gradually & safely verify functionality of all features & help troubleshoot if something doesn’t work! It exists to help you test out a freshly assembled machine by running through a sequence of tests & verifications, to safely check everything before attempting to run a full job.
More 360 degree shots of the machine