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.
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
|Select all||Ctrl + A|
|Group||Ctrl + G|
|Ungroup||Shift + Ctrl + G|
|Convert object to path||Shift + Ctrl + C|
Fill / Stroke dialog
|Shift + Ctrl + A
Shift + Ctrl + F