[Noisebridge-discuss] Laser cutter.
coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Fri Feb 25 21:19:14 UTC 2011
People should author, freely, in whatever application they like. They
should configure their system to output from whatever program they like. We
need to focus on "what are the caveats of laser engraving and how do we
instruct good practices across multiple programs, or if that even our
There are many important problems that authors will face:
- How to scale and grow paths to account for the width of the beam for
- How to keep their cuts contiguous (one cut per path)
- How to handle gradients and how power levels are controlled by the
laser (is it by color? by luminance? Are there discrete steps?)
- Others to be sure
People who are masters of their program of choice should be able to learn
the process in a platform our instructors are comfortable teaching and then
translate that instruction to their program. Then they should be able to
the determine when the file they authored is not rendering properly on the
...because IT IS GURANTEED that the problems that plague people going
between different programs are going to plague people going between
differing versions of the SAME program. It is the responsibility of the
author to validate their output.
My take is, everyone should save their files as SVG, and expect that their
output is going to need to be tweaked REGARDLESS of what program is where.
We can only make this so easy for people.
On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:54 PM, rachel lyra hospodar <
rachel at mediumreality.com> wrote:
> i am super excited to learn the free & open source lazor options... but
> both other laser places i use (techshop & instructables) use corel and
> so for me *personally* it would be extremely useful to have corel
> kicking around too, since i have 4 years of corel files that i use all
> the time, and i will continue to use corel for the mast majority of my
> On 2/25/2011 12:45 PM, Christina Olson wrote:
> > I would actually vote in favor of CorelDraw over Inkscape, if Illustrator
> > won't work with it directly. I trust CorelDraw's ability to handle files
> > properly a lot more than I trust Inkscape. I don't see why we can't have
> > both programs, though.
> > Also if we are using a laptop, it is possible to get one of those laptop
> > cable lock doodads and just lock the laptop to the printer itself? Would
> > make it really obvious if someone were to deliberately steal it.
> > On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:36 PM, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
> >> Hephaestus wrote, On 20110225 122555:
> >>> I already have a pledge of an acer laptop to run said windows image
> >>> from Will Sargent (++).
> >> Awesome. I'm still doing to dump a VMWare image on pony somewhere just
> >> in case whatever machine we throw over there grows feet and walks off.
> >>> Does anyone else have a spare copy of Corel Draw x5 they'd like to
> >>> donate? If I don't hear back in the next few hours I'll be buying one
> >>> tonight from amazon:
> >> Um, I do, though it sounds like we don't need CorelDRAW. I'll bring it
> >> by anyhow.
> >> --
> >> Rubin Abdi
> >> rubin at starset.net
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