We noticed that some users are looking to expand their knowledge about project files, so we've got this handy tip for you! In this article, we'll be giving you a straightforward introduction to G-code, a key component in the laser engraving process, and briefly explain how you can use it to enhance your creative projects. Let's dive in! ✨
As laser machines are used to manufacture physical objects from digital designs, it requires a set of instructions to create these objects, and this is where G-code comes in. G-code is the most widely used computer numerical control programming language, which stores instructions in plain text format. Each line of G-code represents a different command, telling the machine what action to take, at what speed, and in what order.
Before starting laser engraving, a G-code file needs to be generated from the image to be engraved. Each line of code has a specific function that must be carefully sequenced and executed to create the working model. Therefore, G-code plays a crucial role in laser making, 3D printing, etc.
Keep in mind: If the G-code generated for the file you are editing exceeds 512 megabytes, you will receive a prompt from the XCS software indicating that you are unable to preview or process it.
Expert Tip: Customize your G-code settings to optimize the quality, speed, and accuracy of your engravings and prints. Experiment with different settings to find the perfect balance for your unique projects.
You can open and edit G-code files using various 3D printing and laser engraving programs, such as Simplify3D, Blaze3D, or GCode Viewer. Since G-code files are plain text, you can also open them in any text editor to examine their contents and make adjustments to your machine's instructions.
Expert Tip: Familiarize yourself with common G-code commands to fine-tune your machine's movements and make precise adjustments to your projects. (But these techniques are very specialized and complex, so we well not talk about it this time)