[EMS Discuss] Inkscape and a Silhuette paper cutter

Kassandra Kaplan EMAIL HIDDEN
Mon Dec 17 17:01:30 PST 2012


I think that an neat idea.  I think it would be neat to use this in a 3d model to fiberglass object, using pepakura, pipeline.
どうぞおげんきで 
Kassie

On Dec 17, 2012, at 4:50 PM, John Burridge <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:

> The clerk/owner?, Theresa, at the store seemed pretty friendly and into using the cutter.  She's using the Silhuette software off of her laptop.  To get designs to her the options are A) e-mail her a DFX file (Inkscape's default file type didn't want to import into Silhuette's image editor, B) bring in a USB stick with the file (and swear that it's malware-free), or C) install the Sihuette editor (I want to say that it's 100 MB) onto your own laptop and plut into the cutter via USB.
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> Oh -- right... if you use Inkscape, make sure that your final image lives on one layer and delete all other unused layers.  If you don't everything shows up on the import.  To make the stars cut out, I drew the design, then thickened the stroke to about 12points, then used the UNION function and then the STROKE TO OUTLINE function to get a "welded" (i.e. closed polygon) design.  I'd like to do some designs with paper folding and cuts to make a kind o pop-out book design... which I think is possible.  
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> - John
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> On Monday, December 17, 2012, John Burridge wrote:
> Thanks.
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> It was at The Artists' Pallet, a new-ish store on... um... 17th? If you start at ... Euphoria Chocolate off of Willamette and walk toward Safeway, you'll pass by it.  (Sorry, I seem to be horrifically landmark driven at the moment.)
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> I bought a sticky mat guide that holds the paper in place in the Silhuette cutter (~$16), which took care of a maintenance charge and reduced the printing costs to the price of the paper (~ 50 cents per page).  
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> They have a 12-inch wide cutter... at this point using theirs is my only option.  I'm hoping that this craft store lasts longer than craft stores tend to nationally.
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> - John
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> On Monday, December 17, 2012, Ben Hallert wrote:
> That' looks fantastic!  How much did it cost to use and which store was it?  Or was it a demo-run?  I was thinking about picking up a Cricut a year or so ago but the hassle associated with getting around Provo's ill-mannered lockdown (specifically designed to prevent people from printing their own designs) turned me off to them.  I don't know if I can rationalize the cost of a Silhouette, but I can imagine renting time on one...  :)
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> Ben
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> - Ben
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> On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM, John Burridge <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
> Hi folks,
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> Thought people might like to see what can be done with Inkscape and a Silhuette paper cutter (I used one at a Eugene craft store).  
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> - John
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