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Does anyone know of any driver to send HPGL files to the Graphtec FC2250 flatbed cutter? The files are being generated by Lectra Modaris software. The drivers I downloaded from Graphtec's website only work in the GPGL interface which has been causing problems, so I'm wondering if there's anyway to drive the plotter in HPGl format. Thanks!
blauri68110 posted a topic in General HelpOk, so I am a noob when it comes to cutting vinyl and vectoring images. I have yet to receive my cutter yet, which is supposed to come in tomorrow. I purchased a USCutter SC 31 inch. My goal is to be able to take just about any image or pattern and turn it into a stained glass pattern, that I can then cut on the vinyl. I am wanting to avoid all of the work associated with a paper pattern where every glass piece has to be cut out by hand and then glued to the glass for glass cutting. The patterns will all be line drawings, where each shape is enclosed by either the perimeter edge or the piece(s) surrounding it. So in terms of cutting that out of vinyl I would need to cut all the lines out of the image, or just the shapes (same difference). I would want to be able to weed out just the line part of the image and then pull individual pieces off a few at a time to be stuck and cut out of glass and then moved to their final destination onto a pattern duplicate where all the pieces are assembled in their respective locations. I have been able to vectorize( not sure if thats what you call it) a few images with decent success. The main problem I keep encountering is being able to manipulate the width of my lines. I start by importing my image into inkscape, if it is a pdf I copy it in bitmap, I then trace it using the default settings(for unscaled pre-made black and white patterns). After I trace it I want to resize it, which works but I can never get to the size i originally wanted without the lines becoming too thick. The minimum thickness is 1/16"(5-6px) or Max is 1/8"(10-12px). I have used the "Inset and Outset" features of inkscape which works alot better if you need thicker lines but if you hit Inset more than once many of the lines become detached, and much detail is lost. I also tried a different approach by using something called "rapid resizer" which will trace the pattern along the center of your image's lines and then give you the ability to change the line thickness, but it does a poor job and leaves alot of speckles that you will have to remove manually or have all this crap traced into the inkscape vector. I will attach a few photos of a panel I just finished last week using my current technique of cutting the pattern by hand out of paper on top of poster board and then glued to the glass and cut/grinded. I will also attach an image I was manipulating earlier that I want 24 inches wide with lines between 1/16"-1/8". I had to shrink a few to make them under 1000K Thanks, Brian