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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: 469 ✭✭✭
    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: 1,761 PRO
    Try DXF to Inkscape and save out to SVG.
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  • michael3424michael3424 Member Posts: 469 ✭✭✭
    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. 


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