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formZ Draft & SVG Format

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Has anyone found this a good path to get 2D vector models into AxiDraw (open source plotter tools)?

I need SVG Format to load into  inkscape.app (Mac).

Or does anyone do plotting here on the cheap? I got a UUNATEK  XY  plotter (with little support).

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hi Bo

have a try with "CCAD" - a solid 2D app with .svg import/export and reading .dxf 

good luck

vva

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Thanks vva, You helped me see my post lacked the key part!

I meant to ask about formZ Draft.

Does anyone use formZ Draft to export SVG format to plotters?  

I don't seek another modeling app, just the best workflow from formZ to plotters which use SVG.

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It's been a long time since I had to use a plotter (especially those robotic type plotters) but I tested an export from FormZDraft to SVG and opened the file in Affinity Designer. All the vector graphics come in fine so you can edit the lines there. But for some reason the hatching and fills come in as separate lines and all lines are the same thickness and types, Curves are split into separate segments and even the grid, axis and text are imported as lines.

The best format saved from FormZDraft which opened in Affinity Designer was EPS. Colours and line thicknesses were preserved.

PDF didn't seem to want to play nice, export to PDF directly from FzD produced lines the same thickness and colour. But PDF exported from the Print dialog on a Mac preserved thicknesses and colours but there were a few missing bits.

 

I haven't downloaded inkscape to check the compatibility tho'

 

Des

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Thanks very much for input, which helps me find the way...

I just now noticed:  FormZ 9 / Menu/ File/ Export Image / SVG 

This converts a complex 3d model very well and does open 2d drawings of 3d views in inkscape for plotting-

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The new plotters are very economical and versitile, but I have to solve why the lift-pen function wrongly lowers the pen and vice versa. The tech support is responsive but with some language barriers, plus there are far too many driver options and plotter models all mixed up. (Because it uses open source software with various kinds of adaptions).

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Beautiful work Bo! Quite hypnotic, I love it!

Do you use brute force with tools like offsetting, imprinting, stitching, etc., or a kind of macro or scripting? I'm curious! 😉

Those pen-plotters look very interesting, and they are totally affordable. Previously, I saw some examples from an architect printing architectural drawings on the PowerCAD forum. The results looked very similar to hand-drawing, like precise sketching. Neat!

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Ah ZTEK, thanks!

These are just multiple tetrahedrons and nothing else ;)   Simply copy-move the first terahedron, snapping vertex to vertex. Some say fractals, I say 'multrals', heh, heh, because I started with one and added many, instead of subdividing to get many.

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