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’, edit, & export as an SVG.
- (This is the SVG. I can view it with any internet browser. I use google chrome).
- I imported that SVG into ‘Creation Mode.’ I positioned it & exported a JOB file.
- ‘CylinDraw Viewer’ automatically opens to show every stroke of that job.
- (You can also view the job file with google chrome, it looks like this.)
- I import the JOB file into ‘Run Mode’. The machine auto connects. I press play.
- The machine prompts me to insert the correct pen color.
- 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 program the left image is the vector preview & the right image is the raw input.
What we call JOB files are also svg files that have been scaled and include additional information within (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 frame around the drawings that provide extra context for the job.
Necessary user inputs are straightforward prompts.
The ‘goblet setting’ in Creation Mode is used for wineglasses.
Not shown above but included is Calibration Mode. This is only used if you assemble your own machine. 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