Content Creation

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Vector Drawing

Prepare your content in a vector drawing program such as Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, or Corel Draw. This document will refer to Inkscape specifically as it has been used to create the majority of content submitted to the laser cutter to date. Adobe Illustrator has been used successfully using the PDF conversion process outline below.

The laser cutter supports three types of operations:

  1. Vector cutting - specified by hairlines (stroke = 0.001") of pure red / RGB(255, 0, 0)
  2. Vector engraving - specified by hairlines of pure blue / RGB(0, 0, 255)
  3. Raster engraving - specified by black / RGB(0, 0, 0)

NOTE: Color and stroke settings must be exact otherwise the content will be treated as raster data for engraving.

Example vector image for laser cutterExample image rendered in acrylic and wood

You can download a copy of the example file here: 1upCoin.svg

Page Setup

To properly position graphics within Trogdor's processing field, set the page orientation to Landscape and the page size to 24"W x 12"H. This should result in the upper left corner of the page aligning with the upper left corner, or zero-zero, of the laser system processing field.

Some graphics software will provide on-screen rulers. If this is the case, it is often possible to configure the rulers so they match those in the laser system. This can also help with positioning of graphics in the processing field of the laser system.

Export to PDF

Export your drawing as a PDF and place the file on a USB storage device for transport to the laser system. Alternatively, you can copy your file over the network to this share...

\\etc-lasercut.andrew.ad.cmu.edu\inbox\

...and then find your file on the laser cutter's computer here...

C:\Users\Public\inbox\

...and there is also a shortcut to this inbox on the default user's Desktop.