This Instructable will show how to use the SketchUp > to > Inkscape > to > Ponoko Laser Cutting
pipeline with a little plugin that I've written. Meaning that all of your exact calculations in 3D can be preserved as a vector format in 2D for LASER CUTTING
I've developed this SketchUp plugin for the enthusiast designer (somebody who can't justify expensive software for a hobby). It will allow you to use the 3D design package SketchUp (available free), along with a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) editor like Inkscape (open source), to create 2D shapes for laser cutting or milling.
Please be aware that I'm a novice designer and Ponoko user. As I learn... you learn...
Hopefully the laser cutting experts can give us novices some advice and guidance.
The Instructable - Designing for Ponoko Laser Cutting with SketchUp and Inkscape (a study in cubes)
- is now available as the final installment.