What File Types Can Be Used In ArtCAM Software, and How to Export Files from CorelDraw for ArtCAM

What File Types Can Be Used In ArtCAM?

ArtCAM does not have a direct import or export function, it is possible to export or import elements into an Open or New Model session, like the import or export of Vectors like DXF or even a 3D Model file in popular formats like STL

To start a new project from scratch in ArtCAM without using any existing file, simply click on the New Model button

Should you like to open an Existing Project or to start a New Project with an existing image or vector file, then simply click on the Open Model option as shown below

Supported File Types

Once the Open Model button has been selected the Open dialog window will be displayed where the user can browse to the existing file that must be opened from this window

Using the Files of Type drop down box will display all the Supported Files that ArtCAM can open directly, these include Vector Files and also various Image File formats too (See list below)

To open a file as a Project, simply select the required file and click on the Open button, ArtCAM automatically sizes the project to the size of the selected image/vector file

Image File Types

If an Image File like a *.jpg or a *.bmp is opened it cannot be used immediately for Machining like a Vector file (*.dxf), because it is an image file (flat image) the image will have to be Vectorised first using the supplied Bitmap to Vector tool which is available in all versions of ArtCAM under the Vector Creation tools

Vector File Types

Vector Files are files that contain lines of undetermined thickness, each line has a start point and an end point, vectors are commonly used in CAD and CAM software applications where a high level of accuracy is required, unlike a flat image file, Vector files have physical properties in a 3D space

Import Vectors (supported files)

To import a Vector file into the currently open Project, select the Vectors > Import option from the menu’s at the top of the window

Several file types can be imported from the Vector Import function (as seen below) the most common and easiest to use is the DXF file or the DWG file which are both AutoCAD formats

Import 3D Model (supported files)

To import a 3D Model file into a currently opened Project, select the Reliefs > Import 3D Model option from the menu’s at the top of the window

Several file types can be imported from the Import 3D Model function (as seen below) the most common of these file types is the STL model file format which most solid modeling applications can produce either by saving or exporting to the STL format

Using Other Graphic Applications

Most popular Graphic Applications have the function to export or save files in other file formats, if designing is more comfortable in another Graphic Design package then simply make sure that the application being implemented is able to export or save files in a format that is supported by ArtCAM


The export function of CorelDraw has the following file types that can be used in ArtCAM (see below)

Adobe Illustrator

The export function of Adobe Illustrator has the following file types that can be used in ArtCAM (see below)

In both examples above, the applications have options for several file types that can be used with ArtCAM, but keep in mind, that Vector file types (AutoCAD) are the preferred type as they can be used immediately in ArtCAM without any further modification, any Image file type has to be Vectorised in ArtCAM before they can be used for CAM processes

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