Halftoner usage

Hi all,

Was just curious to know if anyone had used the Halftoner v1.7 software from http://jasondorie.com/page_cnc.html?

I want to try it but I am not sure how the Onefinity would handle the gcode produced by the software.

I have seen the few videos that are available on it but nothing is specific to the OnefinityCNC.


I can’t answer whether the gcode it outputs will work. However, one of the software options is to export the halftone result as a DXF file. You should be able to import the DXF into your usual CAM software.

Thanks Matticustard.

I tried the DXF file but it didn’t come out right in VCarve Pro preview.

I guess no one else has ever used this software successfully on the Onefinity before?

Suppose I will have to generate something and try it out. :slight_smile:

I ran some tests and the DXF export works as expected. But it’s important to note that halftone only really works with very high contrast (i.e., light vs. dark). If you try to render everything in the same color or texture (e.g., wood), it’s not going to look right. This needs to be taken into consideration for the final piece as well.

The highest contrast I can achieve in VCarve:

Same toolpath, but with wood texture (low contrast):
— Also, the image appears inverted since the shadows are darker than the surface color.

Regardless of the method you choose (gcode vs. DXF export), if you are planning on carving these into plain wood, it’s probably best to temper your expectations. But if you paint the material surface black or another dark color before carving, you may be able to achieve a decent result.

Thanks @Matticustard

I realize the color of wood vs paint/stain will have a huge impact on the final look.

I was curious to know if anyone had actually saved the .gcode directly from Halftoner and actually carved it on the Onefinity.
Or if we would need to import the .dxf file in VCarve and create a toolpath from there.

Again, thanks for answering my questions.