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Wow, that's a nice collection.  Thanks for sharing!
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Sometimes there is a quicker solution than Inkscape. I put together this list of svg generators, etc.
http://cleversomeday.com/svgtools
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Inkscape / Sign Cut / Re: Object to Path???
« Last post by cleversomeday on January 21, 2019, 04:04:50 PM »
I am working on a similar issue and have gotten some interesting results. One one file the following sequence joined the line segments into continuous lines:
Select All
Path>Object to Path
Path>Combine
On another similar file, this same exact sequence did not work and I was unable to determine the difference. But it is easy to check so I suggest you try that first.
The other think you might want to check on is if the laser software you are importing into has any settings that might join the lines for you.
Then, the chain paths extension that Brynn already recommended.
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Help Using Inkscape / Re: Having problems when converting svg files to plt
« Last post by brynn on January 17, 2019, 04:15:29 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

When you say the PLT file is messed up, do you see the lines are changed in the PLT file itself?  Or do you see the lines are changed in the preview of your cutting machine software?  I'm thinking probably you have the scale set wrong, but that's just a guess.

Would you please share the SVG file and the PLT file for the same drawing?  Then we can see what the problem is.
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Help Using Inkscape / Having problems when converting svg files to plt
« Last post by Cristian on January 16, 2019, 09:49:58 AM »
Hello, there. I'm new here.
I have installed the uniconvertor and things were working fine with simple projects.
For no reason, more complex files and sometimes even simple ones get messed up when saving into plt, lines get streched and the original drawing gets ruined.
Any suggestions on how to fix it?
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Inkscape / Sign Cut / Re: Object to Path???
« Last post by brynn on January 06, 2019, 08:17:00 AM »
I would need to see the image which you need to cut, to know for sure.  But unless your machine will cut from the JPG, I think you'll be better off with the DXF file, because it provides the vector paths.  Inkscape can create vector paths from a raster file, but it doesn't sound like what you need is consistent with what Inkscape can do.  (Inkscape's auto trace is great for engraving, but not so much for cutting vinyl.) 

You can open the DXF file with Inkscape, run the extension, and save as DXF (if DXF is the only format your machine can use).  I don't know for sure, but I don't think saving it as DXF would break apart the segments which you just joined together.  I think they are separated becauses of how AutoCAD creates DXF files.

But if Inkscape does break them up, there's a chance your machine would accept some other format.  You'd just have to investigate which formats.  Inkscape has a long list of supported formats.

Let us know what happens.
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Inkscape / Sign Cut / Re: Object to Path???
« Last post by Mechanical-monkey on January 06, 2019, 05:55:53 AM »
Thanks for the below replies. I will download the chain paths and try that method.

I have already saved the file as a jpg filelast night and opened it in Inkscape. My theory is this should ensure the multitude of vectors and arcs are no longer present in the file.

What in your opinion would be the best way to create a vector path from this file?

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Inkscape / Sign Cut / Re: Object to Path???
« Last post by HeatherM on January 05, 2019, 08:01:38 PM »
If I had to guess, I would say that your file is probably made of line segments rather than closed shapes/connected lines.  If I remember correctly (and I might not, since it's the end of a two week period of having the kids home from school combined with the launch of the FIRST Robotics competition season) dxf files are line segments.  If you really want to use the file, the segments can be joined, but it might be easier to create a new file in Inkscape. 

Also, some cutting programs let you tweak the settings to reduce the starting marks.
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Inkscape / Sign Cut / Re: Object to Path???
« Last post by brynn on January 05, 2019, 02:18:00 PM »
It's hard to say without being able to see the SVG file.  I might guess that joining all the path segments into a single path would work.  But I don't really know.

There an Inkscape extension which will join the nodes automatically (well, I'm not sure how fast it works, but at least you don't have to join them one at a time with the mouse).  https://github.com/fablabnbg/inkscape-chain-paths  Do you need instructions for installing it?
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Inkscape / Sign Cut / Object to Path???
« Last post by Mechanical-monkey on January 05, 2019, 12:03:51 PM »
Hi
I am new to InkScape and for that matter vinyl cutting.

I have a file that was created originally in AutoCAD and exported as a dxf for a high power laser cutter to cut a shape out of sheet metal. The file was originally for a vehicle badge and all of the letters are linked together so the badge held together in one piece.

I recently bought a vinyl cutter and thought I would start with this file as I have no experience of creating a new one in Inkscape at the moment. It did cut out, and it looks okay, except where the cutter starts and stops it is leaving a small mark in the vinyl. There are about 20 of these around the profile.

My question is, is it possible to create a path where the cutter starts and follows the profile around the badge and only lifts when the cutter has returned to the start point? The original file is made up of straight vectors and arcs and it seems to do each one individually in a very random sequence, when it could just follow the profile.

I hope the above makes some sense.

Any tips would be appreciated.

Thanks

Jay
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