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Inkcut is now a stand alone application. You can either open an svg document directly from Inkcut or from the Inkscape plugin.

Opening from Inkscape

The Inkscape extension for Inkcut is under Extensions -> Inkcut. There are two options:

  • Cut selected... will use only the currently selected paths (like the original version)
  • Open document... will use the whole document.

Inkcut currently does not attempt to handle text nodes. Convert text to a path before opening.

Opening directly

Once installed, running the command inkcut will launch the application. Desktop icons can also be used to launch it. Once launched use the File -> Open... menu to open a document.

Inkcut - opening a svg document

Using inkcut

The basic workflow is the same.

  1. Open a document
  2. Set the parameters
  3. Start the job

The new interface uses panels to separate similar options, such as weedlines or material size. These can be opened, closed, and move around however preferred.

Starting a job

There are multiple ways to start a job:

  • Choose Device -> Send to device from the menu
  • Press Start from the the Live dock item
  • Right click and select Send job to device from the job history list

All of these will prompt for approval with a summary of the job before starting. Pressing start will begin the process.

Inkcut - live plot

The status of the job can be monitored from the Live plot item which defaults to a tab at the bottom of the screen. It displays a plot of the device movement path with a progressbar to show how far along it is and options to pause or cancel midway when supported by the device.

Stacking jobs

Inkcut will now let you plot one job after another without having to manually update the device origin. It uses the "virtual" origin that may be set or cleared from the Control panel. The origin is automatically updated when the "feed to end" option is selected.

Inkcut - stacking jobs

Manual device control

There is now a Control panel for manually positioning the device from within inkcut. This is useful for testing and future features (such as contour cutting) that are planned to be added.

Inkcut - device control panel

Previous versions

This tutorial applies for Inkcut v1.0 and lower.

Step 1

Select the paths you want to plot. All selection items must be of type path.

Step 2

Open Inkcut from Inkscape's extensions menu -> Cutter/Plotter -> Inkcut v1.0.

Inkcut extension

Inkcut will open showing the general tab and the paths selected to plot in the preview.

Inkcut general tab

Step 3

Setup your device by clicking the device properties button. You only have to do this once and your settings will be saved the next time it's run.

Inkcut device props

Step 4

Click save then click on the options tab. A bunch of options can be adjusted from here, the most notable are the overcut, offset, and smoothness. Read the tooltips to understand what they do and use the preview button to see how it effects the output.

Inkcut options

Step 5

When you're satisfied with the preview, click on the Plot Paths button to open the send data dialog. It will display some information about the plot as well as the data to be sent. Finally click send to send the data to your plotter.

Inkcut cut dialog

This is the result from this tutorial.

Result

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