Add direct control of vinyl cutters to Inkscape

Registered by Patrick on 2008-02-23

We could utilize usbsnoop:
http://benoit.papillault.free.fr/usbsnoop/

to log the USB communication between the vinyl cutters and their native software. We could then use this data to write our own cutter control program.

I propose that we only add one menu item or modify an existing one such as DXF export. The menu item could launch a separate dialog with the control options. We don't want to bloat Inkscape for the non-cutter crowd.

Blueprint information

Status:
Not started
Approver:
Alexandre Prokoudine
Priority:
Undefined
Drafter:
Alexandre Prokoudine
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Alexandre Prokoudine
Definition:
Drafting
Series goal:
None
Implementation:
Unknown
Milestone target:
None

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Added spec to the wiki, cutters like those from creation at http://www.jzgraphics.com use a standardizd instruction set. this should be able to be incorporated.

2010-05-03 (~suv): Maybe the new 'InkCut' extension by <http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/User:Frmdstryr> is interesting in this context?
<quote>
Introducing the InkCut extension for Inkscape. Send hpgl to cutters and plotters directly from inkscape.
For more information, please view the forum at http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=4987
</quote>

2010-06-17 (~suv): 'InkCut' is now hosted at sourceforge.net:
 InkCut - Cut Vinyl in Linux with Inkscape
 <http://inkcut.sourceforge.net/>

2010-07-06 (~suv): external tool for Windows based on Inkscape's HPGL export:
Inkscape CAMM-GL Extension
<http://camm-gl.dyndns.org/>

(?)

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