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Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

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Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by chef2 on Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:59 am

Hello everyone,
this Inkscape-plugin should make working with the laser easier.

How to use:
    0. Open Inkscape and choose your Document-Settings and Origin,
            like described in the manuel
    1. Draw whatever you want, like described in the manuel
    2. Cklick Extensions -> Formaker Laser -> Formaker Laser[url=http://www.servimg.com/view/19452394/1][img]http://i86.servimg.com/u/f86/19/45/23/94/unbena10.png[/img][/url]
    3. Choose your settings

[url=http://www.servimg.com/view/19452394/2][img]http://i86.servimg.com/u/f86/19/45/23/94/unbena11.png[/img][/url]
         - TravelSpeed: The movemend speed when the laser is off
         - LaserSpeed: The movemend speed when the laser is engraving/cutting
         - Power-On Delay: Time betwean lase turns on and laser starts to move
         - Passes: How often the laser repeats the pattern
         - Pass Depth: The Distens the buildplate travels down after each pass
         - Focus Depth: The Distens the buildplate travels down after calibration
         - Directory: The Directory for saving the output gcode
         - Filename: The gcode-file to save the output
    4. Click Apply
    5. Open the saved gcode-file with ReplicatorG
    6. Export the gcode as a .x3g-file

Download:
    Download direct: [i]Hier[/i]

    Or visit GitHub: [i]GitHub-Repository[/i]


Installation:
    Simply drag and drop the tow files in your Inkscape-extensions-folder(C:\Program Files (x86)\CTC_INKSCAPE\share\extensions\)

About:
This is a modified version of the J-Tech-Photonics-Laser-Plugin. I changed the gcode output, so that it is compatible with the Formaker. Please test the plugin and report
possible bugs.


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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by JeushMaker on Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:10 pm

I have not yet tried it but it sounds much easier than CTC's solution looking into it tomorrow i think! Thanks for the sharing!!! Very Happy

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by gregster on Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:32 pm

Hi!

That's really cool! Thanks for sharing the extension.
I just gave it a try. Working perfekt. Much faster than the "original" Formaker extension. It is even working with Hershey-generated single stroke text (which didn't work with CTC's extension).

Will further test in the coming days but on first sight that's a big improvement!

Thanks once again!

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by chef2 on Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:15 am

I uploaded a new version(v1.0.1), where I fixed a bug with multiple objects to laser.

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by JeushMaker on Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:24 pm

It seems like i can't get the link to work can you re-upload it?
Never mind i just can't click a link, nooby me Very Happy

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by JeushMaker on Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:00 am

Is there any reason why you only can run 10 passes?
I know that you could run the program for more times than one but would be nice if you don't have to start it all over again if you need more than 10 passes. 
I am in love with this inkscape plugin!!!Very Happy

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by chef2 on Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:46 am

I have fixed it. Reinstall the plugin and you can run up to 1000 passes.

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by JeushMaker on Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:59 am

Sounds good! Looking into that later Very Happy

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by TobiWan on Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:22 am

Hello all together,
i have now started to use the laser-function of the formaker and right now the laser works but i have one problem with scaling. When i draw a rectangle with 150mm x 100mm in Inkscape, run the formaker laser plugin and let it convert from gcode to x3g with replicatorG it is being scaled by an unknown factor. It is a little big bigger like 160x106 so ~5-6% bigger. Can anyone help me with this problem?
How can i check the problem cause?

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by TobiWan on Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:00 am

[quote="TobiWan"]Hello all together,
i have now started to use the laser-function of the formaker and right now the laser works but i have one problem with scaling. When i draw a rectangle with 150mm x 100mm in Inkscape, run the formaker laser plugin and let it convert from gcode to x3g with replicatorG it is being scaled by an unknown factor. It is a little big bigger like 160x106 so ~5-6% bigger. Can anyone help me with this problem?
How can i check the problem cause?[/quote]

Hello again, i found out that the formaker laser plugin created the 0,0,0 -- 100,0,0 reference point at wrong size. I don't know how it is created and why it has the wrong size. probably i have a wrong setting in inkscape?
How can i check the size of the reference marks and correct it? Right now I did this roughly by hand but to get precise i need to set it as numeric values.

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by chef2 on Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:29 am

I changed the generation of the orientation marker and uploaded a new version(v1.0.3).
1. Reinstall the plugin
2. Set the document-units to mm
3. Run the plugin once to generate the orientation marker
You can use the messure-tool to messure the distance between the two arrow tips. It should be 100 mm.
Please report if it works.

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by sid on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:31 am

O got the same problem of wrong disctance 100 mm. My files is in mm.

http://i86.servimg.com/u/f86/14/20/07/80/inksca11.png

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by chef2 on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:46 am

Try to scale the orientation marker by 354.33%.

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by sid on Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:21 am

Yes that seems correct with scale 354.33%

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by coolpratheesh on Sat May 07, 2016 12:35 pm

[quote="chef2"]Try to scale the orientation marker by 354.33%.[/quote]
Hi Chef2

Really awesome and simple code.
I am trying to get the plugin to make code for running on my flash forge creator pro.After scaling it seems to work fine. Have you updated the code for the scaling issue?

I am trying to make the plugin to create code for my 3D printer modified to a mini PCB router. If my experiments work, many more users with similar machines would be able to use your plugin for making plotters and small mills using the 3D printers they already have.

Can you help me in adding a router option to your code which would add a tool up and tool down code, like the 'Gcodetools' plugin.

Thank you

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by John L on Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:17 pm

[quote="chef2"]Try to scale the orientation marker by 354.33%.[/quote]
where is the orientation marker. I have moved the laser etch all over the print area and it remains in the corner on the far back right prints have of it as it hits the limit switches

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by gregster on Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:20 am

Hi John L,

Run the plugin once on a blanc canvas. This will generate the orientation marker. 

Regards,
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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by John L on Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:56 am

yeah I have done that with no preveil. i get the 2 arrows with 0 to 100 and can not find this. i move those to arrows nothing i dont get the laser g code either it gives me to points in replicator and thats it somebody needs to make a good video and paste it to youtube lol

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by gregster on Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:21 pm

OK, with the orientation marker on the canvas, place some paths and re-run the laser plugin. This time the generated file will show the gcode for the placed paths.

Note that you might have to transform certain objects to paths (e.g. normal fonts or inserted pixel graphics).

I might do a recording if you still need support - just need to find some time for that.

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by John L on Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:28 pm

[quote="gregster"]OK, with the orientation marker on the canvas, place some paths and re-run the laser plugin. This time the generated file will show the gcode for the placed paths.

Note that you might have to transform certain objects to paths (e.g. normal fonts or inserted pixel graphics).

I might do a recording if you still need support - just need to find some time for that.

regards,
Gregster[/quote]
if you could do the video that would be so great I know its a simple step im missing thats all. I will try again in the morning as i have all 3 printers going with customers products lol

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by John L on Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:17 am

well tried what you said and still no luck

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by Aceatz on Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:09 am

Need help here too

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by John L on Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:04 am

[quote="Aceatz"]Need help here too[/quote]
what do u need help with i may be able to help

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by Aceatz on Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:42 am

I m new at this if there a video showing the start of creating a file and laser engraving that would help alot

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Re: Inkscape-Plugin: FormakerLaser

Post by Aceatz on Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:43 am

Or just text and pictures with easy way because formaker instruction is crap can't understand

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