Newbie Create / g code questions

I have unpacked, assembled and run the shapeoko logo file, and then used Carbide Create to create and run another ‘pen’ file.
I would like to add x y coordinates to map out airfoils - can’t seem to find any way to get them into Carbide Create. I have been reading up on G files and have modified the logo file, removing all the x/y and adding an airfoil x/y plot - but don’t really trust I have done it correctly (so I haven’t run it on the machine).
How do I get the gcode back into CCreate? or am I going about this the wrong way?

yeah that’s running the horse and carriage in reverse :wink:

Carbide Create lets you make designs and then turn it into gcode

carbide motion lets you “execute” gcode on your machine and make it go in all kinds of directions :wink:

usually the flow is Carbide Create -> gcode -> Carbide Motion -> machine

(having said that, at some point I made a small tool to turn gcode back into svg which carbide create can import)

Scorchworks has a G-Code Ripper which will convert G-Code into geometry, or you can use a 3rd party previewer such as CAMotics.

For airfoils you may find some useful links at:

I’ve been working on spreadsheets that generate SVG from equations which can then be imported into CC. That might work for you. PM me if you’d like to see what I’ve done.

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Another way to make SVGs programmatically is to use a programming tool such as METAPOST, NodeBox, or Processing (I had precision problems with the latter two though).

@DAH I’d like to see that spreadsheet!


The spreadsheet is on google sheets and I’m not sure how to share it without an email address. The link is possibly:

The purpose of this sheet is to generate a Gunter’s quadrant for a specified latitude. There are lots of intermediate tabs, but the one labeled SVG is the output.

Let me know if this doesn’t work and I’ll see what I can do.

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As you have it “published”, I can see it, but I can’t make a copy to play with it. Make sure you set the permission as “Viewer”, so we can only copy it and not mess with your original.

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OK. I think I’ve fixed it:

That’s the same link to the published (un-copyable) version.
If you shared it, you just need to copy the URL.

By the way, I looked at the data and resultant SVG. Really cool! I’ll have to read up on the Gunter’s quadrant now.

This time for sure, Rocky!

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Perfect, thanks! Be prepared for questions in the future!

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