Tutorial on Using Inkscape for Glowforge


A friend is visiting over the weekend and wanted to learn the basics on how to design stuff for the Glowforge ahead of time so she can get as much printing time in as possible once she gets here so I made her a video covering everything from starting a new Inkscape file to working with it in the GFUI. This is a really basic video so it won’t be anything new for anyone reading the forums probably, but I thought I’d share it anyway because maybe your friends/family who have no idea how Inkscape even works would find this helpful.




Thanks for sharing! Bookmarked as it applies to me in pretty much the same way as your friend.


I’m going to link this in the Matrix. :slightly_smiling_face::+1:


Great information. Thank You.


Hooray, thanks!


I use Illustrator but several of the tips mentioned in this tutorial will be applicable for vector designs for the GF no matter software used. Thanks!


Will be watching this once I get home from work - I was wrestling with Inkscape just last night and all helpful hints are welcome! Thanks for doing this!!


Btw, I just ran into something frustrating using inkscape. The area of the coordinate system in which I was doing my drawing was (-x, -y), so that when I uploaded the model, it would show up on the left, but not on the right. I suggest you model near the origin in inkscape to avoid this (unless my observation is totally broken).


You’re not. Its best to work in the first quadrant. You can still see the model if you zoom out and pan in the gfui though.


Very nice! Thank you good sir for a proper video, incredibly helpful!




Hey man, thank you very much for this tutorial. It was a big help since I’ve never owned a laser cutter before or even used Inkscape.


Thank you, that’s great =)


Thank you. That was very helpful. Would it be possible to do one on curves?


I’m kind of overwhelmed at work for the next couple months, but yeah I’m planning on doing that at some point. :3


Don’t you hate when real life interferes with your fun :slight_smile: