Inkscape-Workflow for SVG-Graphics


#1

Hi all,
had some difficulties with SVG-Graphics not loaded in Flux Studio. Error code was “broken svg”.

Now I’ve found a way how svg are loaded correctly. May be it will help someone.

  1. Open Inkscape and go to “Edit – Preferences”
  2. “Input/Output – SVG Output – Path data – Path string format” set to absolut
  3. Close Inkscape
  4. Open Inkscape again
  5. make your drawing or drag&drop your SVG inside the document
  6. select your drawing -> ungroup -> select “path - object to path” and “path - combine”
  7. set stroke width to 1px
  8. “File – save as” choose “Plain SVG”

Unfortunately I can’t test it in real, because my Flux didn’t arrive yet. But the svg will be loaded correctly in Flux Studio.


Laserengraver - Which .svg files are working?
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#2

This seems to work, thank you very much. Will test it soon :slight_smile:


#3

I tried your steps but got the same error…possibly I did something wrong in step 6, as the instructions seem a bit off.

Any chance you can reformat?..there’s a lot of extra commas in the steps…I wonder if something you’re entering isn’t translating in the markup.


#4

@cmeans
I think most important is step 2, set “Path string format” to absolut.
Made a screenshot with this settings.


#5

Yes, I did that step without issue.


#6

Gents, I’ve been playing with the laser engraver and drawing tool heads (due to the fact my printer & scanner have not worked from day one). I was NOT able to get the Inkscape software to work BUT I did find online (FREE) converting software that has been perfect! Here is the link.

Good Luck,


#7

Thanks, @tomtux! I tried the steps you outlined and I was able to import the SVG (w/ some issues noted below). This is the first time I’ve successfully imported an SVG, so great progress there. Also, I tried the online converter as suggested by @Jerry, but the image did not get converted correctly - portions in the center were missing.

Converting from Inkscape, I see two anomalies - 1) During import I get a warning “Tag defs is not supported”, and 2) after the import, image fill which shows up in Inkscape does not show up in Flux Studio.

Inkscape image:

As imported to Flux Studio:

Any thoughts on how to get the Fill to come across?


#8

I’m no illustrator, but my understanding is that an SVG file is basically a tool path much like how the slicer works for 3d printing. I think something in the conversion to that toolpath negates the infilled areas. I would like to think there is a way to spiral fill or back and forth fill those, but I’m not well read enough to know how that all works yet. My point is, I couldn’t figure out how to get the filled in areas to show up either, lol.


#9

Did some research about SVG fill for laserengraver and found an interesting website.

They adress an Inkscape-Extension it is called Hatch fill. With it, you can make filling with strokes.
To install this extension follow this steps:

  1. Close Inkscape
  2. Download the eggbot_hatch zip and extract it
  3. Copy “eggbot_hatch.py” and “eggbot_hatch.inx” to (Windows: C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\extensions) (Linux: ~/.config/inkscape/extensions/)
  4. Open Inkscape with a new document and drag&drop your svg into it.
  5. Select your drawing and follow the screenshot below (play with the settings menu as you like)

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#10

Thanks, @tomtux! Worked like a charm. Here’s my initial shot at it:

Still needs a bit of tweaking to make the hatch lines closer to fill in more, but very promising!


#11

Thanks for the info. Has this worked well for you and others? I tried it and wasn’t able to get it work.


#12

This is just awesome. I want to use it on my iOS. Please help me with the proper solution to fix iTunes error 9.