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Posted by cuervo 
open vectors?
May 08, 2019 05:20PM
I am making a mount to hold some aluminum tags I will be engraving. I would like to engrave the numbers 1-6 on the bottom of each one to help identify them but every time I try it says I have open vectors and it will not continue. I have tried to do inlay, simple engraving, switched the type of letters but for some reason it always gives me the open vector err. What am I doing wrong?
Re: open vectors?
May 09, 2019 10:48AM
Hmm...at the bottom of the "edit objects" tool set on the left side of the screen, there are a few buttons that will close open vectors. If you select one of the numbers and click "Join/close vectors with a straight line" then try to engrave again--is it successful. You may need to first convert your text to curves (the second to last button in the row of text tools at the top of the design side of VCarve) before using them in a toolpath.

Also--you could try a V-Carving toolpath, using the 90degree V Bit that came with your handibot.
Re: open vectors?
May 09, 2019 02:54PM
its strange that its doing this because I am making a base to hold bone shaped dog tags to engrave. I just wanted to put the numbers of each one(1-6) to make it easier to identify inside of each shape to make it easier to identify. it will let me do the quick engrave with the diamond tip but when I try to do the V-carve it gives the open vector error. I tried all the different join functions but they do not seem to make any difference. Its just a simple #1 #2 #3 is all I am trying to do.
Re: open vectors?
May 09, 2019 05:13PM
very strange. Would you mind posting your file here?
Re: open vectors?
May 09, 2019 05:33PM
I hope? lol see if this works.
Attachments:
open | download - dog bone tag cut out #2.sbp (79 KB)
Re: open vectors?
May 09, 2019 05:34PM
I am sure I posted the wrong one the second after I did it...
Attachments:
open | download - dog bone tag cut out.crv (1.29 MB)
Re: open vectors?
May 10, 2019 12:12AM
Ah ok! Those are single line letters. You can only VCarve on "truetype" letters that have some internal area. If you want to use these--simply select a profile cut and choose "on" the line and set your depth.
Re: open vectors?
May 10, 2019 12:16AM
ok I remember selecting the single line option thinking it would make it easier. I should have known the inverse of what I thought would happen will happen. Thank you very much.

I am considering machining some aluminum and possibly brass pieces. Any advice on tool speed, step over and how much to take off at a time?
Re: open vectors?
May 13, 2019 12:57AM
the mount I made for the dog tags worked perfect for the first few but now it seems like the x axis has drifted about 1/16" for some reason. I started by homing the tool, then zero'd the Z and then started the program. After noticing the first one was off I stopped it, homed the tool one more time, zero'd the Z again and then started it and it was in the exact same place as the first time. I have not even moved the handibot and it can't move in the y or x axis with the mount I made. What have I done wrong now?

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