Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

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Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

Post by Ryanjmurphy » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:37 pm

Evening All,

Just purchased a LS3060. I'm very new to laser cutters.

I am familiar with photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, however I am REALLY struggling to get anything to import properly in to Lasercut 5.3.

I have Corel Draw also. Can anyone help me out, what software should I be using and what export settings?

I am trying to use the test cut pattern on this website, but it will not import correctly from any of the programs:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2243854

Thanks in advanced.

Ryan

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Re: Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

Post by Daven » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:59 am

You need to export/save as DXF and then import that into Lasercut.

You can interface CorelDraw but I don't use it so not sure how or what formats I'm afraid.


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Re: Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

Post by Ryanjmurphy » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:04 am

Daven wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:59 am
You need to export/save as DXF and then import that into Lasercut.

You can interface CorelDraw but I don't use it so not sure how or what formats I'm afraid.


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Dave
Thanks Dave. I think it may be the file that I'm trying to convert.

What is the recommended editing software to use other than AI and Corel?

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Re: Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

Post by Daven » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:10 am

For DXF cad files I use BricsCad but there are some free programs available like DoubleCad or DesignSpark Mechanical. I used to use AutoCad but the cost is greater than the need ;)

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Re: Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

Post by Daven » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:15 am

PS the template file is a bit over the top to start of with to be honest - it has a mixture of engraving and cutting with different setting which all need to be on different layers. Start of with something simple - if just cutting I use that same Idea of the squares and circles each set on different layer with incremental speeds (3mm ply set at say 65% power and speed starting at 18mm's, next set 20mm/s and so on).

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Re: Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

Post by Ryanjmurphy » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:15 pm

Daven wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:15 am
PS the template file is a bit over the top to start of with to be honest - it has a mixture of engraving and cutting with different setting which all need to be on different layers. Start of with something simple - if just cutting I use that same Idea of the squares and circles each set on different layer with incremental speeds (3mm ply set at say 65% power and speed starting at 18mm's, next set 20mm/s and so on).

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Dave
Thanks Dave. I'll give it a go!

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Re: Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

Post by Rog » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:20 pm

Another decent free CAD program is Draftsight.
My wife also uses inkscape (also free) which is more of a design suite (like illustrator).

If you use draftsight, just make sure you close the drawing when wanting to import to lasercut or else it won't open.

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Re: Adobe Illustrator to Lasercut 5.3

Post by tilltots » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:21 pm

We do this and find it easiest to open the .ai file in Inkscape, ungroup all of the items and ensure all objects are converted to paths then save a copy as a .dxf. Inkscape cannot export to a .dxf on a mac correctly though. I find Inkscape easier to use than a CAD program as it mimics a lot of the functions in Illustrator.
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