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Problem 2: the V-bit sold by Snapmaker is not in their tool library for Fusion 360. My current solution is to generate the engraving gcode in Luban, which is fine but inefficient. Has anyone found a good way to do V-bit engraving in Fusion 360? Launch Fusion 360. Go to your Profile Name in the top right corner - “Preferences”. Go to the “General” - “Manufacture” settings. Make sure that “Enable Cloud Libraries” is activated.

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) File types are extremely useful quickly transferring a design from one program to another. I personally use them a lot when designing 2D sketches and ultimately the base for my 3D Modules. There are a lot of free sites to get SVG files, or you could pay for them. But, one of the best way to get SVG files is to actually create them yourself. In this tutorial I will show you how to find a design (picture) on google, create an SVG from it, and import it into Fusion 360.

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Finding a Design on Google

There are a number of sites with free stock images, but typically these are aimed towards photography. If you are looking to create an SVG file, prioritize fewer details for something that looks more like a logo. For this reason I like to use Google Images with specific keywords. For example, I like to use Mandala or Logo as my keyword. Mandala is an excellent keyword for intricate patterns. Logo is another great keyword that pulls up easy files to use. If you are using Google Images there is a really nice features that allows you to search by usage rights (copyright protection). Simply click on tools and change the Usage Rights from Not Filtered to whatever license makes sense. Once you select an image, make sure to right click and select “save image as…” If you are interested in learning more about copyright or fair use checkout this article by google, or the cc (creative commons) article on different license types.

Creating an SVG file from your picture.

The first step to creating an SVG file from the new picture is to get it into GIMP. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free photo and image editing software. From a hobbyist perspective, it feels as though this “free software” has all the tools and gadgets of Photoshop. Once GIMP is opened, simply go to file, open and find the image you saved earlier. If there are any prompts to convert the colors as the file opens select OK. At this point your image should be in GIMP and ready to edit as seen below.

Edit the Photo

Select The Design

Click on Select by Color Tool (Shift + O) and select the predominant color of your design. Then adjust the threshold on the left pane until only that color shows selected. In the photo above we would select the black design. Alternatively if you have a common background (especially white) sometimes it is easier to select the background as you will be able to get more detail.

If you are having a problem selecting the design there are a couple other options. First try the Bucket Fill Tool (Shift + B) and change the predominant color of the design to something unique. This helps if the background is similar to the color of the design (see the image with gray and black). The other option is to use the Fuzzy Select Tool (U) multiple times. It works similar to the “Select by Color Tool”, but only selects 1 set of colors that are connected to each other.

View the Path and Export it as an SVG File.

Now that your design is selected, right click and go to select. From there click on “To Path”. This creates a path from the outline of the selected design.

To view this path, first switch to the Rectangle Select Tool (R) and click on the design. This will deselect the design. After that, look for the right pane with 3 tabs “Layers”, “Channels”, and “Paths”. Under the Layers Tab, click on the eyeball to hide the photograph. Sharepoint powerpoint presenter view. Then switch to the Paths tool and turn the eyeball on for the new selection. It should now look like this.

From this paths tab, simply right click on the selection and click “Export Path”. Follow the dialog boxes and make sure to end the name of the file with .SVG. This will ensure it can be used with other programs. If you have multiple paths, you can export them individually. Or, you can select them all and right click, select Merge Visible Paths. This will create one giant path which could be easier depending on your needs.

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The next step is to import the SVG file directly into Fusion 360. First we must open Fusion 360, start a new design, and create a new sketch. Once the axis has been selected, simply click Insert, and then Insert SVG. From there, select the file generated in GIMP.

Once the SVG file is being imported into Fusion 360 you have the option to adjust the X, Y, Rotation, and Scale. When you are happy with this, simply click OK. Assuming all went well, you now have a very intricate design in Fusion 360 without having to make it from scratch! If you do need to edit this design, make sure to select all the elements and unlock them using the lock symbol on the constraints banner above. Also, if you messed up the scaling and want to adjust the size, make sure to use Sketch Scale!

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