13. Inkscape

Defining the area:
In Inkscape you need to set the dimensons of the working area. To do this hit:
File – Document Properties
and change the page to your size

One thing to know before starting the cutting mayhem.
How to get g code for your models.

My weapon of choice is Inkscape with Groovers modified Gcodetools (Metalevel 8).
Inkscape can be downloaded from their page.
Groover’g gcodetool is available on his Instructable.

The drawing needs to be mirrored before creating the gcode.
If you just plainly select all and mirror it, it could give you a strange output inside Inkscape
so before mirroring, select all (Ctrl + a) group everything (Ctrl + g) and mirror it (‘h’).
After it is mirrored ungroup everything (Ctrl + Shift + g) and convert everything to path again (Ctrl + Shift + c).

The gcodetools need to be copied to “…\Inkscape\share\extensions”.

To get the gcode I always do these steps:
1.) Ungroup all your objects (maybe need to do it twice)
2.) Strg + a (select all) – Path – Object to path
3.) Sill selected all -> Extensions – Laserengraver – Laser
4.) Under “Preferences” insert your output folder
5.) Switch back to “Laser” tab.  This is important !!
6.) Enter your desired speed. This can be overwrite with Groovers Gcodesender later.
7.) Enter filename +.nc.  Hit Apply. Done
8.) Fire up gcodesender. Connect to your Arduino. Load the .nc file. Set speed if desired.
9.) Put on goggles. !!!
10.) Hit “Print”

Inkscape cheat sheet

Function Shortcut
Select all Ctrl + A
Group Ctrl + G
Ungroup Shift + Ctrl + G
Mirror (horizontal)
Vertical
H
V
Convert object to path Shift + Ctrl + C
Align dialog
Fill / Stroke dialog
Shift + Ctrl + A
Shift + Ctrl + F

 

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