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Modeling 2D Life-Size Files on the Computer Answered

Hey community!

I have a slight dilemma! So say I want to make my own laser cut frame, and I have paper designs, how do I transfer my paper
designs to a computer? What (free :) program can I use to make a lifesize model? Like for instance, if I have a 4x4" square in the program
when I send it to print after it's printed it's exactly 4x4".

Also, do I need to do anything extra for sending it to a laser cutter?

Will Adobe Illustrator work?

Thanks!

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HavocRC

5 years ago

Thank you guys for the help! My brother had Illustrator, so lucky me!

Kiteman thanks for the formats! Scanning would be a problem as I drew really big plans!

Anyways would you guys care to look at my plans

http://www.mediafire.com/view/dcoedxetvd0mlwf/Foam...

and tell me what you think? This is for my new i'ble I'm working on and I want it to be perfect! Thanks!

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KitemanHavocRC

Reply 5 years ago

If you can't scan it, lay it out flat and take a photograph of it. After that, it's the same process (you can tell Inkscape to work on "paper" as large as you like).

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Kiteman

5 years ago

What I do* is to scan the image, then import it into Inkscape - like many other graphics programmes, it can tell you exactly what size objects will be when they are printed.

I draw over the scan, delete the original scan, then re-size the drawing to the desired size.

Inkscape will export files in SVG, DXF or PDF formats - most laser cutters will be able to use one or more of those files.

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liquidhandwash

5 years ago

Have a look at this,

https://www.instructables.com/id/Digital-Manufacturing-project-one-Key-tag/

it will get you started using PTC

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mpilchfamily

5 years ago

Render it in the CAD software of your choice and export it as a .stl file. Then any laser cutter can read it and cut it. As for printing the image talk to your local printing and sign company to see what they suggest.