Introduction: 3 Ways to Fix Missing Vectors in RetinaEngrave

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The Dallas Makerspace has a Full Spectrum laser cutter for members to use, and most of us use Inkscape to design our parts.  Sometimes its driver, RetinaEngrave, doesn't recognize all of the vector lines in your drawing.  Here are three ways to fix the problem.

Step 1: Move Away From the Edge

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RetinaEngrave won’t "print" parts that are outside the edge of your page, but it also won’t print items that are too close to the edge.  Try moving your graphics at least one inch away from the edges.  You can move things on and off the page to print multiple parts.

Step 2: Set Your Stroke Opacity to 100%

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RetinaEngrave ignores objects whose stroke opacity is at less than 100%.  Select all of your objects, pull up the Stroke Paint panel, and set this slider to 100%.  You may need to set the slider to a lower number, then move it back up to max.

Step 3: Combine Paths of the Same Color

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If your design contains many objects, RetinaEngrave may not see all of them.  This commonly happens with text.  Select several or all of the objects that have the same stroke color and Combine Paths.  (You can undo this later with the Break Apart function.)


AvramP made it! (author)2016-11-05

I've been experimenting with RE now for a while, while attempting to make a dollhouse for my step daughter. I've been working in Illustrator and trying to print directly to RE often drops vectors. The best way I've found to ensure all the vectors show up is to save the file as a PDF, then print the PDF to RE using Acrobat reader. In order for this to work, make sure you do the following in the print settings:

1 - Print Actual Size

2 - Select "Choose paper size based on PDF page size

3 - DO NOT check print to grayscale. This will make all of your polygons the same color (and thus cut sequence) in RE.

This has saved me hours of hair pulling and frustration. I hope it can for you, too.

Disclaimer: none of my pieces have exceeded 11" x 17", which may be the maximum size "paper" Acrobat can print to. If you have pieces larger than this size, you may run into trouble...though I hope not.

vicvelcro (author)2013-12-03

I was chewing my face and pulling my hair out.

I've been using Corel X4 - X6 with my Full Spectrum Laser (Gen 5) and have not experienced any issues with the past several versions of RetinaEngrave.

I recently used Inkscape (for the very first time) with RE 4.404 and had this occur. Step 3 resolved it for me.

Thank you. More than you might imagine.

stevecooley (author)2013-11-25

I just want to say that this article helped me out again since it's been a while since I had problems, but I was having them tonight, and again, step 3 is what saved the day. :)

stevecooley (author)2013-07-15

To be fair, it doesn't look like this is a problem with retina engrave's printer driver. It looks like it's an inkscape issue. If you search for "inkscape missing vectors when printing," there are other cases where the same issue is happening for other output methods.

BUT, for me, step 3 is the missing information that I needed. Thank you very much! I didn't even need to expand and move away from the edge of the document anymore, yay!

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