Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

GENERAL AND LICENCING

G1. Is Image2Punch an application for converting a sketch drawing into a CAD file? I have a CNC profile cutting machine and I need to convert my hand sketched design into DWG/DXF file(s) for profiling and contouring. Has the software been designed for this purpose?

G2. Why are there are Pro, Lite and Genesis in Image2Punch? How much does the licence cost?

G3. Can you clarify the difference between the Pro and Light version of your software? The website is not completely clear to me.  All I am seeing as the benefits of one over the other is upgrading to newer versions & client server mode. Are there any hole limits, file size limits, file format options, etc?

G4. Can you tell me more about Image2Punch Genesis and how can I use the service?

G5. How much is the discount if I purchased multiple licences?

G6. What is the relation between multiple licencing and discounting in purchasing the future version’s licence?

G7. I have been comparing your software with some others and would like to try yours by ordering a copy. If I did so, would I have to pay for an upgrade of the newer version that's coming out?

G8. We are about to change out some of these computers, will we need to buy more seats? My boss also wants some type of hard package, i.e. disk or flash drive for that reason.

G9. I visited your website and I downloaded the trial version of Image2punch pro. We are very much interested in this software. But before we go further we need to clarify the following: Is this software was developed in New Zealand?  Do this software has anything to do with Israel? (We ask this because of the star shape in your drawing tool menu) When we produce the DXF file from the trial version, the number of holes is limited to 2000. Do the licensed version has the same limitation? If we buy the software, it will be one time payment or there will be some annual fees for upgrade? What will be the final discounted price for the full version of the   image2punch pro software?


TECHNICAL

T1. Is it possible to make a coloured perforated panel with Image2Punch by using a photograph (your Lion example)?

T2. I would like to buy your software (Image2Punch), but I discovered one problem: when I'm using the trial version, and converting the image to dxf punch file using the round tool, the Autocad shows a dot in each circle centre. This is very disturbing in Trumpf (Trutops Software) My Question is: How can I avoid the centre dot in the circle? I just need the circles only.  

T3. We are one of the largest producers of perforated product in the UK and have been looking for this kind of software for sometime. Is it possible to isolate each tool on the dxf file?
For instance, if using a 6mm diameter punch and a 12mm diameter punch, could we have one drawing containing only the 6mm holes and another with the 12mm holes, without having to manually delete the holes?
We currently do this on Autocad by drawing each hole size using a different layer and switching layers on or off where required.

T4. We are suppliers of perforated metal in Sydney, and are interested in your software. We use a contractor for our specialised punching – the machines are Strippit and Amada.
Does your programme work with these machines? Are we able to do all the programming for them? Can your sample programmes to be used to try this software?
Can this be programmed for a large image using several sheets of material – e.g. car park fascia?

T5. There is “Minimum Clearance between Tools” edit box on “Selected Tool Dialog”. It seems this is parameter is for hole spacing. What does it mean? (Is it centre-to centre-hole? or edge-to-edge?)I was wondering if everything is in mm units. Is there a way to work with just one tool punch imaging pattern? A variation could occur by only the spacing of the punching.

T6. I am an industrial designer at a sheet metal company in Sydney. This is my first experience with Image 2 punch and I have a few questions. We are quite concerned with sheet metal distortion and wearing out of tools through the punching. For example, the attached I2P file has approximately 14,000 punchings. On sheet metal this sheet will most likely distort and need rolling. I would like to hear about your experiences regarding sheet sizes, material thickness, tool sizes and number of punching. What is the cost involved if using Image2punch Genesis? I was also wondering if you have a price list or similar regarding the Genesis orders.

T7. How to get cad-files (dxf\dwg) from ex Autocad and into the image2Punch program. I get the message: unrecognized file format when I try to get cad-files into the image2punch program!!!! Do you have an easy (or not) way to do this?

T8. This is probably a dumb question, but we are kind of old school.
Is there a way to get this into decimal instead of metric?


T9. Hi, I am from New Zealand, we have AW6040 Turret Punch, with FabriWin version 7.0, would your software be compatible. Look forward to hearing from you.

T10. I work for a metal fabrication company in the United States.  We are very interested in the software that you offer.  (Image2punch pro)  I plan on Using the Genius software as a test, but had a few questions that I was hoping you could answer. Can we create custom tools for the tool library database.  We have several custom shapes that are not represented in the library. Do you have versions of the software that are not metric or does the pro version have system choices for others. Is the only output for can a DXF file.  If so what type.  We currently run Solidworks.   I must say that the software looks great.  I look forward to trying it out and hearing back form you  

T11. Can your software produce G-codes for Fanuc controller (Used in Finn Power Turret Punch Presses)?  Last question, in the future if I have a problem with the computer where image2punch installed, how can I move the software to a new computer?

T12. Why if an image to the negative with a punch round is elaborated, the result is acceptable, while if becomes part more punches does not obtain a good elaboration? it would be useful to be able to use more tools, large where it is necessary to have a ' raised relationship of empty on full load, little ones in order better to define the image.

T13
. I’m currently testing your Lite version to see if it’ll fit our needs, so far it seems really promising however some issues arise when working with the trial. I’ve got an image made in Photoshop, which for testing is just a basic circle with a gradient fading to the background colour. I then create 7 tools ranging in diameter from 6mm to 30mm with a minimum distance of 5mm. When I generate the sheet the result looks nice except there are two problems I can’t seem to get around. Firstly, the largest of my tools (30mm) is never used even though my black is black. Secondly, a complete row of holes are punched in the left and bottom edge no matter how I treat the image in Photoshop. Edges are white, compression is off, alpha is zero. Are these limitations to the software or the trial version?


BUSINESS POINT OF VIEW

B1. I am just wondering beside me. Is there any other that making product like me? I found difficulties in making perforated example: my customer have design which he took it from the wallpaper. So what I did was scanned and transferred it to image punch program but the result of the perforated was not good enough? It did not look solid. Why is that? I tried everything. So for the solution, I have transferred the results into Autocad and edited by myself again. Thanks for the help maybe we should have more communication so who knows can help each others.