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Here's the list he gave.  Personally, I don't know anything about them, whether they are free or whatever.

Fusion 360
Alibre Design
V-Carve Pro

Oh, I think LibreCad is probably free.  But I don't know if it will interface with your hardware.  You'll probably have to do a little research for that - owner's manual or something.
Thank you Brynn.

Can you recommend a cutting software? Are there open source options?

thanks again
There was a response to my bug report from someone who is not a developer.  But he tried the DXF file which you provided, which Inkscape produced, in 6 other CAD/CAM programs, and it performed flawlessly.  So perhaps rather than use Cenon to export the DXF, using a better cutting software would be more appopriate?

I don't really know the right answer.  Just sharing the info with you.
Ok, thanks for that info.  Indeed, I think developers need to know about this (if they don't already).

Thanks again  :)


Hello Brynn.

I did not process the image with Cenon, I only opened the svg file previously created with Inkscape and saved it as dxf, so it still has the tiny paths created by the Trace Bitmap tool from Inkscape. I'm attaching the svg file (created with Inkscape), the dxf produced by Inkscape and the dxf produced by Cenon.

*inkscape svg train.svg
(277.87 kB - downloaded 8 times)

*inkscape dxf train.dxf
(1581.03 kB - downloaded 6 times)

*cenon dxf train.dxf
(5475.93 kB - downloaded 4 times)

you can see the tiny paths are still on the dxf file created with Cenon:

Hhmm, based on that info, I'm going to create a bug report.  That will put the situation in front of developers, and they can investigate.

Actually, before I make the bug report, could you show us the results of Cenon's auto trace?  Does it produce the tiny paths?  Or does it do a better trace than Inkscape?

If it works in SmartCarve because the Cenon autotrace does not create the tiny paths, then that would point to the problem being in SmartCarve.  But if Cenon's autotrace is similar to Inkscape's, that would point to Inkscape's DXF export as the problem.
When you convert text are you using Object to path or Union?

Hello HeatherM. I tried both, but the lines still appeared. Thank you for the suggestion.

I was trying other options to solve the problem and I found Cenon (http://www.cenon.info/), and with this software I was able to generate a dxf file that does not create lines when imported to SmartCarve. Maybe someone with enough knowledge can compare the code of the files created in Inkscape with the code from Cenon and find an explanation to the issue:

When you convert text are you using Object to path or Union?  At least on older versions of Inkscape if you used Object to path on text it would have each letter as a separate Path and then Group it together.  I think I read that Smartcarve doesn't like Groups, so check for Groups in your svg.  If you use Union instead it will convert the text into one Path with no Group. 
Thank you all.

I was able to produce less tiny paths, that helps a lot.

But there are designs that have small details, so they are unavoidable. Also, when text is converted to paths, I get many lines from it.

I will keep looking for a solution and update this post.

thanks again...
Help Using Inkscape / Re: Single vector from Tracing?
« Last post by HeatherM on March 08, 2018, 09:10:46 AM »
The only three options that I can think of are:
1.  Use the Bezier tool and manually draw the lines.
2.  Use the paint bucket tool and end up with closed shapes inside the lines.  Still will effectively end up with double lines in some cases like most coloring book pages/clip art.
3.  Trace the image, Break apart, then delete any extra lines.

Which one to use would depend on the image and your end goal.
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