How to create GCode with CorelDraw CNC Plugin (example)

Updated: Oct 31, 2021

After installation of the CorelDraw CNC and Cutting plugin you can directly create GCode of your drawings. When gCode Generator is started for the first time, the standard postprocessor "Default_XYZ" is automatically loaded to profile 1. "Default_XYZ" is a standard postprocessor for flat machining. It's good for CNC machines with only X, Y and Z axis.

The workflow of G-Code generation is always from up to down of the addon. You have the choose to open a new CorelDraw document or open a already exists document. Also you can simply select a profile and type in workpiece dimensions. The application then creates a new CorelDraw document, if no document is open.

(1) Select profile

The first thing to do is select the profile. Then the application loads the settings from the postprocessor file.

(2) Setting up workpiece data

Enter the workpiece data. For example the dimension or X- and Y-Zeropoint. You can align the zero point to one of the corner or in the center of the workpiece.

workpiece data CorelDraw CNC Plugin
Enter workpiece data - CorelDraw Cutting Plugin

(3) Add your drawing objects or import a CorelDraw drawing

Drawing in CorelDraw - CNC Plugin
Example drawing to generate GCode - Corel to CNC Plugin

(4) Add tool paths operations in menu "TOOLPATHS"

First select the drawing object for which you want generate G-Code. You can also select several drawing objects. Then click on a operation type. For example "Contour milling". A new window will open in which you can define the machine operation.

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Create contour milling operation - CorelDraw Cutting Plugin

Enter a name you want for the maching operation. Select a tool from the tool library or add a new one.

Now you can set the contour adjustment. The tool path can be in the center of your selected drawing object. Also it can be inside or outside the selected contour.

In this example we choose inside. After clicking, the application will create the contour which is inside of the selected objects.

CorelDraw CNC / Cutting Plugin
Contour inside the selected drawing objects

In this example we leave the other parameters and values ​​of the operation at the default values. Further explanations can be found in the manual of CorelDraw GCode Plugin.

Click "OK". Now gCode Generator create and save the machining operation.

(5) Create G-Code in the CorelDraw CNC / Cutting plugin

Now everything is ready to create G-Code. Go to the "CREATE AND SAVE" menu of the docker/addon. Click on "G1/G2" and the CorelDraw G-Code Plugin will generate G-Code of the saved operation.

After completion of the generation, the G-Code is rendered / visualized in three dimensions. This makes it very easy to control the G-Code. You can also save/export and open the G-Code here.

CorelDraw G-Code Plugin
Create and save menu in the CorelDraw GCode Plugin

3d animation coreldraw to gcode
3D animation of GCode

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Generated G-Code with CorelDraw Plugin

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