For craftsmen making decorative products using techniques such as marquetry and material inlay, ImagePaint Production Pro contains all the features necessary to help users take a vector artwork, applied with JPEG images of the materials and convert them to toolpaths ready to be sent to a laser for cutting.
The toolpaths are generated using advanced algorithm to assure each and every cut will fit together perfectly to produce the highest quality product, in the shortest amount of time. As a result, users can see and make changes to the design before it is built, effectively; allowing designers to take full advantage of the colors and textures in the material during the creative design stage, and for the first time, to visualize the finished product before materials are cut.
This palette is similar to Illustrator's color palette, but it contains image swatch instead of regular color. To paint shapes with an image, select the shapes and click on an image swatch in the Image Swatch Palette.
The selected Image Swatches in the Image Palette can be named and saved as a library to a folder. Once saved, this library can be opened to fill the Image Palette with the saved Image Swatches.
This tool is similar to Illustrator's Eyedropper Tool but work with images instead of regular color. To paint shapes with an image filled in another shape, select the shapes and click on a painted shape.
This feature allows quick image rotation within painted shapes. The preset angles of rotation are +/- 45 degrees and +/- 180 degrees.
These functions expand Illustrator's basic art object arranging/reordering functions (bring to front, bring to back etc.) to save time when arranging or reordering art objects.
"Clip" means paint shape with image and "Unclip" means remove image from shape. These functions expand Illustrator's basic clip/unclip functions to simplify the task of painting shapes with images or removing images from shapes.
Before taking the design to production, the Verification Palette detects and displays potential design errors that can cause costly mistakes during the production phase.
The Toolpath Generator takes a finished vector design and automatically converts all shapes in the design to toolpaths. With a single mouse click, all shapes on a selected sheet of material are duplicated and converted to toolpaths for cutting with a laser or a CNC router.
The Laser panel contains a material database that user can edit and add new materials to its factory default database, which currently consists of 140 different wood species.
After a vector artwork has been created inside Adobe Illustrator or imported from other software such as CorelDraw, Inkscape, Vectric or any other software, all sharp or small arc radius corners must be rounded, otherwise, the cut pieces will not fit together properly. ImagePaint contains an advanced Corner Rounding Tool, that can automatically round all sharp or small arc corners from even the most complex vector design.
Profiling creates Cutter Paths for the laser to cut vector shapes. The Cutter Paths combine laser cutting with laser rastering to create very accurate pockets. These pockets are then used to inlay the cut pieces from the Profiling operation.
To achieve a perfect cut with a laser, each sheet of material, from the same family, requires different laser power and speed settings. These settings can be saved and recalled using the "Laser" panel. The material database contains 140 different wood species, each with its own set of laser power, speed and frequency required to just cut through the material.
To achieve a perfect fit, the width of laser cut or kerf needs to be compensated when ImagePaint generates the toolpaths. This width is user configurable via the "Laser" panel. This feature enables the support of different laser models and from different laser manufactures. Note: This setting can be used for any CNCs and any hand and power tools.
ImagePaint places the toolpaths it generates on a Production artboard. The size of the Production artboard is user configurable via the "Laser" panel. This feature enables the support of any laser machine sizes. Note: These settings can be used to specify the size of other lasers or printers.
Each material in the material database has been assigned a unique color. ImagePaint uses these colors for the Cutter Paths it creates. This allows your laser to automatically set its Power, Speed and Frequency settings according to the color of the Cutter Paths.
If your laser does not support printing from within Illustrator, the Cutter Paths can be exported to .dxf or .svg file for use with your laser software.
Once the toolpaths have been created, the user can instruct ImagePaint to automatically update an image to contain the cutouts. This feature gives users the ability to accurately avoid the cutout areas when a sheet of material is reused.
The process of selecting appropriate materials for a design is quick and simple, since all materials can be viewed at the same time on the computer screen. This significantly reduces the labor cost involved in material selection.
The user can generate toolpaths from the finished digital design quickly and effortlessly.
One or more shapes in the design can be quickly painted with an image using the Image Palette or the Image Picker Tool.
Once shapes are painted with a chosen material, their positions on that material can be quickly positioned to accurately capture the material's visual attributes (colors, tones and textures) inside the shapes' boundary. This enables the creation of high quality image based artworks, where the natural shadows, highlights and textures of the material are accurately placed in each shape to add depth and natural shading to objects.
Before committing the design to production, the Verification Interface detects and displays potential design errors that can be costly during the production stage.
Various statistics on the design such as Total Material Area, Total Number of Shapes and Total Linear Cut Length are automatically calculated and displayed at any point in the design stage. These statistics can be used in a custom equation to estimate material and labor cost of a product.
The finished digital design can be exported as an image and sent to the customer for approval and price negotiation. This is critical for getting customer satisfaction even before the design is produced.
ImagePaint Production Pro supports Adobe Illustrator CS6 through CC2017 under Windows OS.
A finalist in the 2015 AWFS Visionary Award
Windows OS, Adobe Illustrator CS6 up to CC-2017
MAC OS-X, CS6-CC2017 Coming Soon
The Quick Start Kit Folder contains instructions and four 8.5x11 inch wood veneer prints on thick glossy paper. You can use these wood veneer prints and a laser to design, cut and assemble a sample artwork called Tropical Fishes Sample.ai included in the software download.
Epilog Laser systems are known worldwide for their reliability and performance, which translates into less down time and more profits for you.