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Offline an0dos

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Slow cutting speed for dxf files created in inkscape
« on: August 24, 2010, 07:56:36 PM »
I have been using robomaster to print dxf files I created in inkscape. It is noisy and very slow. I have been cutting designs through a Windows XP session in Virtualbox. I use inkscape on my Mac and Linux box. I am trying to find a better way to cut designs / simplify my workflow. I have the following questions:

1. Is there a Mac driver for the silhouette sd? Is anyone able to print directly from inkscape on a Mac?

2. Does the silhouette print better if you print directly from inkscape?

3. Is there any way to process a dxf file in robomaster so that it prints better?

Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Re: Slow cutting speed for dxf files created in inkscape
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2010, 08:15:50 PM »
Hi Anodos

I do not have a Mac, but I do know that in the next couple of months Silhouette America will be releasing a programme that will make it easier for Mac users, too use the Robomaster software without having the plugin's etc. At the moment If I do any Print and Cuts I use the Robomaster software because I'm still trying to find a way to do a successful Print and Cut from Inkscape via my Silhouette, I'm sure its all to do with alignment.

Sorry I can't help with the rest of your query for now..........
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Re: Slow cutting speed for dxf files created in inkscape
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010, 04:26:01 PM »
I sent my questions to the product support for the silhouette. Here are their responses:

Thank you for your inquiries.  We hope to address your questions as best as possible.

1.  There is not currently a Mac driver for the Silhouette.  We are, however, working on a new software that will be Mac compatible. This is scheduled to be released early Fall 2010 (so very soon).  It will allow you to cut through our program using a Mac but will not include an actual driver that could be used with other software programs.  Unfortunately, we are not aware of any method of cutting directly from Inkscape (PC or Mac).  It is not possible.

2.  There is not a way to print/cut to the Silhouette directly from Inkscape.  The only program aside from the software we offer that you can cut from (thus bypassing our program) would be Adobe Illustrator.  We of course do not offer the Adobe Illustrator program, but if you may have this software, the plug-in to cut directly from this program would be found at http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/support.aspx.

3.  No.  There is unfortunately not a better way to process DXF files.  Please note that DXF files contain a very high number of "nodes" or "edit points".  These are the points in the line image which direct the Silhouette to alter course and give specific direction to the Silhouette unit to change the blade direction.  Since there are a very high number of nodes that are bunched very closely together, DXF files when cut appear to belabor the Silhouette much more and appear to "chatter" during the cutting operation, where the blade is not really traveling very far between nodes.  This is due to the nature of DXF files, not the program being used.  Any program that could cut DXF files would unfortunately cut in the same manner.  DXF files can be imported into our software, but there is no current method of cleaning them up or improving upong the file type to make it a smoother easier cut.  Again, this is simply the nature of DXF files.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Thanks,

The Silhouette Support Team
http://www.silhouetteamerica.com
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