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Advice on how to go from 3D model to laser cutting vector file? Answered

I've been getting my feet wet in 3D modeling to try to build board game inserts. These are generally a series of boxes and trays that fit together to hold components and fill the space of the box properly.

I have access to a 3D printer, but I can't figure out how to go from my model (in tinkercad or sketchup, generally) to the 2D vector files of the components I need for Corel to print them on the laser cutter.

I suspect the process is more than someone could explain to me in the confines of this forum, but if someone in the know could give me a push in the right direction to find the resources I need, even that would be great! I've done a lot of research trying to figure this out, and all I have come up with are some Sketchup plugins that no longer seem to work, or websites that will lonely let me build one box at a time with no extra features (like scallops for card draws).

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.



2 years ago

Tinkercad allows you to download your model as a SVG file for laser cutting.


2 years ago

I am not sure about tinkcad or sketchup, but in Fusion 360 you can export a sketch as .dxf file which is a common file format that most laser cutters use.