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Welcome to the new Inkscape for Cutting Design / Welcome #2
« Last post by brynn on June 04, 2017, 01:08:20 AM »
Hi Friends,
To those of you who are new to this forum:  Welcome!

It seems that the technology around the various many cutting technologies has changed a lot over the last several years.  This forum was originally started to help people use Inkscape with the home/craft type of cutters (cutting paper, cardboard, or sometimes vinyl).  Most of the first cutters on the market provided software with very limited capabilities, and this forum was started to help people learn how to use Inkscape with them. 

Although I've heard there is at least one brand of cutter which still does need Inkscape, as the years have passed, most of those manufacturers have finally improved their own software, and Inkscape is not needed as much.  I suspect a lot of those "old" users still prefer Inkscape, but probably they don't need as much help as when they first started. 

So a couple of years ago, activity in this forum was dwindling, and the original owner was ready to move on.  But when other members voiced their wish to keep this forum open (because of all the great tutorials) and I had space available, I offered to adopt it.  Since that move, activity has still been low.  But in the last several weeks, we've seen requests for support from users of different types of cutting machines and technology.

What we've seen recently, are people posting who need help, primarily, with Inkscape's Gcode tools extensions, for use with CNC.  But Inkscape is capable of all kinds of different cutting support -- HPGL, DXF, PLT, and maybe some formats I haven't learned about yet.  So it's possible we'll be seeing even more support requests.

But you can see the problem here.  Most members from the original forum will not know how to help these new member.  As the new owner/admin, I'm entirely willing to see this forum grow, even in a slightly different direction.  I love learning new things myself.  And as long as the focus is on Inkscape, I'm happy to go there  :)

But we'll need some members who know how to use these Inkscape tools.  So if we can manage to help solve your problems, please consider checking back in from time to time, to help others, and to help build a reservoir of knowledge on these topics, in this forum.

Oh, and speaking for the entire Inkscape community, the team which created Inkscape's Gcode tools are apparently no longer available to provide support for them.  So if anyone knows of any tutorials, please let me know.  Then I can help to share them around as well.

All best,

I have no idea where that text, titled "Inkscape and Units" comes from, but it's thoroughly confusing!  It seems to be trying to explain what the new Scale factor option is, in Document Properties.

As far as I understand, you only need to be concerned with the Scale factor, if you open a file that you made with an older version of Inkscape, and you want to edit it further.  Unless that's what you're doing, I would ignore it.

I certainly would not use it to scale an image, unless I understood it very well.  I would scale the image on the canvas.

I would certainly rather scale the image on the canvas, than trying to make the machine scale it (if that's what you're doing, I'm not clear).
I worked my self out of a job so I have a few days to work on this for more than an hour.
I hope this gets me closer to fixing the problem.
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New pre-set document setting. Inch, 1 user unit per inch.
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It's a frustration measurement.  :???:
In Mach3 set up manuel pdf Setting Up Encoders
The Counts per unit value should be set to correspond to the resolution of the encoder and your selection
of Native units. For example, a linear scale with rulings at 20 microns produces a count every 5
microns (remember the quadrature signal), or 200 counts per unit (millimeter). If you have Native
units set to inches, then it would be 200 x 25.4 = 5080 counts per unit (inch) because there are 25.4
millimeters per inch. The Velocity value is not used.

I found this while trying to scale my drawing up.
The Rule says on thing and my version, Inkscape 0.92.1 r15371, is the opposite of what I'm reading.

""If the GUI display unit ('inkscape:document-units') identifier is set to "mm" then the GUI would show a width of '25.4' for a rectangle 25.4 user-units wide. If the GUI display unit identifier is set to "in", the GUI would show '1.0'.""

Not sure what to do here. I figured out how to manipulate the "scale" but not the accuracy of the size. I'm also hesitate to try this on my cnc to test the code, just not into breaking it yet.
I am using the Gwizard to view and test the code. It works, except for the size.

As you can see, I can now create and  duplicate the working code. Size is the problem now.
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Help Using Inkscape / Re: New to this
« Last post by HeatherM on June 02, 2017, 01:26:22 PM »
I have a Cameo2 and an original eClips, though I rarely cut vinyl.  I suggest you search the internet for reviews of the machines that you are interested in.  I'm pretty sure that the Cameo is capable of cutting directly from the roll, but I have no idea of the capabilities of the Brother machine.  I think one downside of the Brother machine is that while you can start with an svg file, you must use their program to convert the svg files for cutting and I believe that it is cloud based.  Don't take my word for it though since I haven't kept up with any of the newer cutters and I could easily be wrong.
Help Using Inkscape / Re: New to this
« Last post by brynn on June 02, 2017, 09:22:36 AM »
Welcome to the forum!

Inkscape is absolutely nothing like Photoshop.  Photoshop is a raster graphics editor, which is meant for editing photos.  Photos are edited by changing the color (and/or opacity) of the pixels. 

Inkscape is a vector graphics editor.  Vector graphics function independantly of pixels.  I like to think of vector graphics as floating above the pixels.  Vector objects are defined by mathematical formulas, although you don't need to be concerned about the math behind it.

I found Inkscape to be MUCH easier to learn than any of the raster editors I tried.  In many ways, it's more like drawing on paper with a pencil or pen.  And that's what you need to create cutting paths, for whichever kind of cutting machine you have.

You'll find many, many great tutorials in this forum.  Start looking around in the tutorials boards.
Help Using Inkscape / Re: New to this
« Last post by PapaSue on June 01, 2017, 10:36:05 PM »

Ive done several projects designing in Inkscape, cutting with the Sizzix eclips via ecal software from  sureCutsalot over the years using heat transfer vinyl with good results.

I find cutting vinyl is best done with bold lines not thin ones, I will check around for some tuts you might find useful. I would suggest cuttin cardstock first until you get used to how your cutter does thins.

Good luck,  Hope to see u back with a success story, or more questions 😄
Help Using Inkscape / New to this
« Last post by scashaggy on June 01, 2017, 04:04:58 PM »
Hello all,

I have a few questions as I am new to this and want some interaction and info. 

First, I would like to use this to make custom heat transfer vinyl.  Logos with words and images.

I do not own a cutting machine yet and would like some opinions from those who also cut heat transfer vinyl.  It seems that the Brother and the Silhouette machines are popular.

I have not played with this program yet.  I am familiar with older versions of Photoshop, is it similar to that?  I will get to know this program when I have some time, maybe next week.   

Thank you for your time.
Well, progress usually comes one step at a time.

I'm not sure if I've ever even heard of microns.  But looking it up, I see it's a metric unit.  Very, very small unit!  No wonder everything was  coming out so tiny!

You probably mentioned this already, and I forgot.  But can your machines use anything else besides gcode?
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I tried your suggestion of re-sizing the parts to accommodate the bit size instead of the dynamic offsets.

After deleting and reinstalling both programs, I have successfully creating workable code. Mach 3's "user units" was set to micron and I am using inches.
I'm going to keep working on the circles a while longer, their not a true circle yet.
then I will try the code on plywood.
Coming soon, you know I'm slow. :-$
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