visolate(1) tool for engraving PCBs using CNCs


visolate [options] [file]


This manual page documents briefly the visolate command.

visolate reads the gerber files describing printed circuit boards and converts them into the G-code (RS-274 code) needed to engrave they layout into a board using a CNC machine. Precise renditions of the original layout can be created as well as voronoi fillings of the original layout, shortening the toolpath.


A summary of options is included below.
-a, --auto
Enable auto-mode. When in auto-mode, visolate will load the given file, follow the usual steps (fix topology, generate toolpaths), save the toolpaths and exit afterwards.

This is primarily intended for use in scripts; be aware that visolate still needs a connected X display and a graphics card to do its calculations.

Use absolute coordinates (instead of relative, which is the default).
-d, --dpi DPI
Do all calculations with a resolution of the DPI parameter.
-o, --outfile OUTFILE
Set the default output location to OUTFIlE.

This is particularly useful in combination with --auto.

-x, --flip-x
Flip the input file's X coordinates (reflect across the Y axis).
-y, --flip-y
Flip the input file's Y coordinates (reflect across the X axis).
-h, --help
Show summary of options.
Show version of program.


visolate was written by Marsette Vona and Marcus Wolschon.

This manual page was written by chrysn <[email protected]>, for the Debian project (and may be used by others).