Tinkercad to Glowforge Operations

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Rusty Hopewell

Nov 14, 2023, 3:26:11 PM11/14/23
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Before I sink any more time searching for an answer, I thought I'd check in here. Starting in Tinkercad, how do you color code the cut, engrave, and score operations such that the exported SVG file will be understood in the Glowforge UI. I'm anticipating that in the GUI I need to assign operations to each color manually. I can do this in other graphic design programs, but haven't figured out how to do it in a single TinkerCad to GF step. Any suggestions or pints in the right direction are appreciated.

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Adam Singer

Nov 14, 2023, 5:07:11 PM11/14/23
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In my experience Tinkercad will only export SVG vector lines in a single color: red. You can recolor selected lines by importing the svg into another vector drawing program or in your laser cutter software, which is sometimes less than ideal depending on your classroom lasercutter workflow. For this reason my students generally only use Tinkercad in terms of SVG exports for cut-only operations.

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Henrique Monnerat

Nov 27, 2023, 9:44:28 AM11/27/23
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I agree with Adam. 

After using the export to .SVG function in TinkerCAD, you will have to open the .SVG file in vector design software like Inkscape (www.inkscape.org). In vector design software, you can assign a color to each line for laser cutting and engraving. After that, you would have to export the file in the format Glow Forge accepts. 

I hope that helps.

Henrique Monnerat
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