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Yngel

Tiny, lasercut horse

by Yngel Sep 1, 2014
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I resized the image and adjusted slots in Illustrator to make it work with the material we have, 3.2mm plywood. (I have attached the SVG file.) It works great through Inkscape. I am going to use this for teaching kids in my laser cutting class. Thanks so much!

Nice! The file was made for 3.2mm (1/8 inch) MDF, which is what I mostly use. I made it as one of several mini kit giveaways for an event at work. There are are tiny gaps in the cuts to make it stick to the frame, yet easily break away. I think I set the gaps to 0.3 mm, if I remember correctly. It may not work on your laser cutter, depending on effect and speed settings. Good luck with your laser cutting class! It's awesome that you're teaching kids how to use laser cutters! It's what I'm trying to do too! :)

The dxf is in binary autocad dxf format.
That is not usable to people without autocad. Can you make an ascii dxf, or an svg?

Done. Uploaded as ASCII dxf. :)
I use a free version of DrawSight, with which you can read, edit and save most kinds of dxf to almost any other kind. Very useful, if you run in to trouble with files where the creator isn't as easy to reach as I am. Just a handy tip. ;)

You mistyped, I suppose you mean DraftSight http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/
It has a linux version, so I could try it. Is it only 30 day free trial or can you keep using basic features?
I'm using Inkscape normally, happy about it, the uploaded ascii dxf opens now. Convert to svg can be tricky, you need to avoid scaling. I'll lasercut some!

You're absolutely right. It's DraftSight. I've tried using InkScape to make svgs, but it does weird things a lot of the time, I haven't really learned how to use it properly. But I'm grateful for the info on the ASCII dxfs. I'll use that from now on, and probably update the rest of my stuff when I have the time. DraftSight comes in an educational (student) version that's free to use, unlimited time, you only have to register once a year or so. Apparently they're trying to gain marked shares from AutoCad. I like the software. It's fairly easy to get to grips with, especially if you learn to use the short cuts.

You're absolutely right. It's DraftSight. I've tried using InkScape to make svgs, but it does weird things a lot of the time, I haven't really learned how to use it properly. But I'm grateful for the info on the ASCII dxfs. I'll use that from now on, and probably update the rest of my stuff when I have the time. DraftSight comes in an educational (student) version that's free to use, unlimited time, you only have to register once a year or so. Apparently they're trying to gain marked shares from AutoCad. I like the software. It's fairly easy to get to grips with, especially if you learn to use the short cuts.