I have a brand new Flow waterjet and I’m using Rhino for my design work. Flow has FlowPath, which opens DXF and can then turn the DXF into a cam file that is opened in FlowCut which is the SW that actually runs the waterjet.
I have yet to find a way to reliably import a DXF from Rhino into FlowPath. The issues vary - sometimes I am able to get something into the app but it’s littered with errors (eg gaps in lines). Yesterday I took a bunch of files I created to run a laser cutter (after much trial and error) and when I opened those in Flow I either couldn’t see anything at all (in the case of the smaller files) or FlowPath crashed (in the case of a big, complex file). In the flow training class I took we had to resort to re-drawing the imported rhino file in flowpath rather than fixing all the errors. In this class the instructor did mention that “flow doesn’t like splines” when we were doing the work.
I know that file transfers are funky and that its easy to point the blame at either package. I just want stuff to work. As an experiment we took one of the DXF files that worked in the laser cutter but that doesn’t work when directly transferred from Rhino to FlowPath directly (it came up blank in Flow). We then opened the rhino-created file in cambam, where it looked fine. We then did a file.save in cambam (modifying nothing) as a DXF and imported that resulting file into Flow and it seems to work just fine.
So what I’m looking for is help in how I can create in Rhino and cut in Flow without requiring 3rd party intermediaries.
I’m going to ping Flow customer support as well (they don’t seem to have a forum!). Will post what I hear back.