Forum: Inkscape converting a fill to paths for pen plotter

50e7f03139287067e1681ff632138147?d=identicon&s=25 Tom Sparks (Guest)
on 2011-04-19 09:18
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How do I convert a fill to a group of paths for I can use draw the image
on a pen plotter?

PS: sorry if I am using the wrong terms
"It's a nerdy thing I like to do"
42bef25859ef5922853a8f2a7c7a4cef?d=identicon&s=25 Jasper van de Gronde (Guest)
on 2011-04-19 10:11
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On 19-04-11 09:17, Tom Sparks wrote:
> How do I convert a fill to a group of paths for I can use draw the image on a
pen plotter?

You want to basically fill in a shape using lines instead of a solid
fill? I recommend opening the path effect editor (in the Path menu, near
the bottom) and trying out the "Hatches" effect. If you have trouble
using it, googling will probably find you a tutorial or two, if not,
feel free to ask here again.
A5d6523ccc839b167600bb7d52067815?d=identicon&s=25 Alvin Penner (Guest)
on 2011-04-19 12:26
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just for curiosity, is this related in any way to the PES embroidery
there is a discussion of that format request at:

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9ada0e05a31cce6f4b483d81d80befac?d=identicon&s=25 Matthew Beckler (Guest)
on 2011-04-19 14:00
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The Egg-Bot project is a pen plotter kind of thing that uses a series of
custom inkscape extensions to make plotting easier. One of their awesome
extensions fixes up the "hatches" live path effect to make it much
better for plotting. A great tutorial is available here:

Specifically, part 3 of this tutorial covers doing the filling in of

Good luck!

Matthew Beckler
765d28cd3f038cc3784150523be9361c?d=identicon&s=25 Johan Engelen (Guest)
on 2011-04-19 23:19
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On 19-4-2011 13:27, Matthew Beckler wrote:

Thank you so much for sharing this link! Very nice!

Side question: would it help you if the next time you apply an LPE, it
copies the settings from the last object with such an LPE?  (this would
be a simple crude first step towards storing LPE settings)

C55aa625e931817457e2fdf18d22661a?d=identicon&s=25 Greg A. (greg_a)
on 2012-01-08 17:35
Thank you, I had this same question but relating to use with a laser
cutter.  You can use this to do vector engraving rather than raster
engraving on a laser cutter by converting fills into a series of lines.
This is sometimes preferable because raster engraving can be very slow
for certain designs (especially those with lots of blank space between
two rastored effects).

Thanks so much!

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