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  • Illustrator - Simplify

    Hey guys & gals,

    I have a vector path which is one giant spline in Illustrator - all curves. It needs to be either arcs or straight lines to generate a gcode path for the laser cutter here @ work.

    I figured the easiest way to do this was with the simplify tool in Illustrator - but it's too simplistic, it doesn't generate enough straight lines. Anyone know how to convert a vector path into very accurate straight lines?

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    Re: Illustrator - Simplify

    what do you mean by spline?..isn't an arc just part of a curve?

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    • #3
      Re: Illustrator - Simplify

      A arc is a portion of a circle - where a curve can be any sort of bendy-line. The laser software that plots the laser's path (gcode) can't handle any sort of curvy line, aside from arcs & lines...

      So I have to either convert my very curvy design into either arcs & lines or a lot of really really small lines.

      Illustrator will convert it to lines... but it's not a lot - which leaves it looking terrible. I need something or someway to do what I want.

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      • #4
        Re: Illustrator - Simplify

        maybe this might work:

        http://www.okino.com/conv/imp_ai.htm

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