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I would like to let you know that I did get it working.I'm not really an inkscape user so maybe you could help me with this. Currently it will draw the outline of a path, what can I do to have it fill in that object, maybe with like a pattern or just a whole fill.
Well, it's not as good as turnkey, but I can make gcode using a program called dmap2gcode, and running the output through a Java program I wrote to convert it to work with the plotter.I do see a problem though, the plotter doesn't wait for the M commands to execute before continuing, so it will start moving before the pen has completely raised/lowered. Is there any command or something that could fix this and make it idle for just long enough for the micro servo to finish it's move.
Now it just says "The _imaging C module is not installed" I've tried reinstalling both Inkscape and Python (in 32 and 64-bit) but the problem never goes away.
I tried starting fresh, I uninstalled all of inkscape and python, made sure my PATH was clean. Then I installed python, then PIL, then inkscape, then the extension, and I still get the same error. Even if PIL is installed it doesn't detect it, even after restarting.
Maybe I exaggerated a little, reversing the direction of the connectors does reverse the direction of the motor. I just couldn't figure out which combination of plugging them in makes it move in the correct direction.And I did figure out what to do with the jumpers. Still can't test it yet, my replacement board should arrive later today.Is it possible that the scale is off because I was not using microstepping?
Nevermind, it turns out it was a bad Polulu driver, my board came with 4 of them, and when I replaced the one that was messing up, it started working correctly.
Whenever I try exporting anything with the inkscape plugin, it just says I need to ungroup the object. When I do the command inkscape says there are no grouped objects to be ungrouped. I've never used inkscape before and it really is a pain to work with.
Well, my UNO board broke after connecting to it only 3 times. So I had to order another one of those. It seems the usb chip is broken based on its behavior.But also, when it was working, using the manual control section of UGS, it would only move down and right no matter which direction I picked. I tried reversing the direction of the connector for the steppers, and the exact same problem happened.To make it worse, I used the RepRap step calculator, set the $100 and $101 variables, but it still seemed to move much larger than the 1mm I was instructing it to. I'm using 400step/rev motors, 16 tooth pulleys, 2mm pitch belt, A4988 drivers, and the calculator gave me 200 steps/mm.One last question, when you say to put three jumpers in before the Polulu sticks, what does that mean?
Is there any way you can make a taller version of the arduino grip? The rod that comes out of my steppers is too long and I really don't want to cut them. I tried modifying the file myself but nothing I have supports simply expanding a certain section.