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Exporting to SVG

josh_jannuschjosh_jannusch Member Posts: 2
Is there a way to best export a drawing to a SVG file.  It is easiest to use the CNC machine with this type of file and want to know the best way to do this.  I am struggling on finding a file converter to do this.

Thanks

Comments

  • michael3424michael3424 Member Posts: 476 ✭✭✭
    There should be several utilities available online - try a search for "dxf to svg".  This one popped up for me:

    https://convertio.co/dxf-svg/

    You'd need to export your drawing as a DXF first, of course.
  • stephen_danielstephen_daniel Member Posts: 4
    Thanks for the link.  I've tried several others with no luck -- most DXF to SVG conversions convert the DXF to a raster file, then just plop the image in the SVG.  That works visually, but it doesn't work for things like laser cutters that are looking for vector input.
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,854 PRO
    Try DXF to Inkscape and save out to SVG.
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  • michael3424michael3424 Member Posts: 476 ✭✭✭
    Thanks for the link.  I've tried several others with no luck -- most DXF to SVG conversions convert the DXF to a raster file, then just plop the image in the SVG.  That works visually, but it doesn't work for things like laser cutters that are looking for vector input.
    Are you using a Glowforge?  Maybe someone on their forum knows a good utility.  Also it wouldn't hurt to post the request for direct DXF support in their Problems and Support section
  • bri_huangbri_huang Member Posts: 1 EDU
    I've been trying to come up with a similar toolchain to use Onshape with our Glowforge Laser cutter in our classroom. Each of the converters that I've tried appear to scale the SVG or not put in the proper units in the file. The best workaround I have so far is to create a custom drawing template that is 20" x 11" with no border and no title block. Lay out the parts as you would like to see them cut out on the laser. 

    Export this as a PDF. The PDF can be used with Inkscape or Gravit.io designer or directly on the Glowforge. 


  • jacob_henryjacob_henry Member Posts: 1
    I'd like to see SVG supported as a direct export option along with DXF as well. The need to go through a conversion program can draw out and complicate the workflow of getting things laser cut. Especially since there is no option to export all flat pattern sheet metal as a zip of collective dxf files, but thats a whole other feature request in itself. Please add me to the feature request ticket for SVG output. Its such a common output for laser cutting I can't see why it shouldn't be supported.
  • david_liao940david_liao940 Member Posts: 1
    Try DXF to Inkscape and save out to SVG.
    同意brucebartlett的建議,用Inkscape開啟DXF檔案!
    但有個注意的地方Inkscape直接開啟時,縮放方式要選Manual Scale
    還有字元編碼要選Latin 1,不要選UTF 8
    這樣開檔案才能順利打開

    最後另存新檔,存成SVG檔就可以了

    (我試過其他不同的方法,或者網路轉檔dxf -> svg,都有尺寸變形的問題!)
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