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What's the best way to get a design from Inkscape to RDWorks?
 

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This is the method I use to design in Inkscape and export to RDWorks which gives good results.  Note that these instructions are intended for vector cutting.  For a raster engraving you can just export to a raster format like bmp, jpg, png, etc.

First, I like to setup my design in mm.  This isn't required but I find it's easiest to design and work with mm.  To do this, go to File->Document Properties in Inkscape and set the default units to mm.

Next, You need to make sure that all of your design is a Path.  To do this, select everything and go to Path->Object to Path.

Now you are ready to export.  Go to File->Save As.  Give your file a name and select "Desktop Cutting Plotter (AutoCAD DXF R14) (*.dxf)" under "Save as type."  Click Save.

You will then be presented with a dialog with some options.  

  • Uncheck "use ROBO-Master type of spline output
  • Uncheck "use LWPOLYLINE type of line output."  
  • For "Base unit" select "mm" if you set up your document for millimeters.  If you used a different unit of measurement, select that here.  
  • Leave "Character Encoding" on the default, which should be "Latin 1."  
  • Also leave "Layer export selection" set to "Visible only" which means the export will contain only what you currently see in Inkscape, so hidden layers won't be exported.  
  • Leave "Layer match name" blank.  

Next, click OK.

Inkscape will then save the dxf file.  You can bring this into RDWorks by going to File->Import and opening the dxf file that you just saved.

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