Tutorial

Inkcut v1.0

This section is meant to be a quickstart guide on using InkCut. If you need help with something, first try searching the forum.


  1. Step 1
    Select the paths you want to plot. All selection items must be of type path.
  2. Step 2
    Open Inkcut from Inkscape's extensions menu -> Cutter/Plotter -> Inkcut v1.0.
  3. Inkcut will open showing the general tab and the paths selected to plot in the preview.
  4. Step 3
    Setup your device by clicking the device properties button. You only have to do this once and your settings will be saved the next time it's run.
  5. Step 4
    Click save then click on the options tab. A bunch of options can be adjusted from here, the most notable are the overcut, offset, and smoothness. Read the tooltips to understand what they do and use the preview button to see how it effects the output.
  6. Step 5
    When you're satisfied with the preview, click on the Plot Paths button to open the send data dialog. It will display some information about the plot as well as the data to be sent. Finally click send to send the data to your plotter.
  7. This is the result from this tutorial.
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Installing

To install on linux, simply extract the contents of the package into /home/your_username/.config/inkscape/extensions/

Before starting, ensure that the target machine has the required dependencies

  • pygtk and gtk
  • pyserial
  • librsvg2-common


Assuming the tar.gz archive is saved in your Downloads folder, you can use this command to install it. Replace InkCut-1.0.tar.gz with the archive name.
tar -xzvf Downloads/InkCut-1.0.tar.gz -C .config/inkscape/extensions/

Then restart all instances of inkscape.