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    Default *FREE* 3D Laser frame creation

    ok here goes..

    Google has this wicked tool called sketchup .. its FREE..

    There is this other tool called LaserBoy.. its FREE

    and there is this plug in for sketchup (attached).. and its FREE

    here is how it works

    1. Install sketchup
    2. download the plugin and unzip it to the plugins folder of your sketchup installation (c:\program files\Google\sketchup7\plugins)
    3. open sketchup and notice the "Plugins" menu at the top
    4. draw something (its very easy to do)
    5. the export it with the plugin (very easy, just name it .dxf)

    you can now open the DXF in laserboy or any other software that accepts DXF

    if your using laserboy do this..

    Save the file out of sketchup into the DXF directory in your laserboy folder
    open laser boy and open the DXF (i, 2, 1, filename.dxf, enter)

    then do what you want to it and save it as a .ild file
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    cool, cheers for the idea.

    Rich

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    here is a ilda file i just created using the above process

    google has a shitload of free 3d models you can download right into your project..
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    OMG.. looking at the plugin, its all done in ruby.. i bet someone could make an ILDA plugin for this software very easily..
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    UNTESTED !!!!

    This is a slightly edited version of the ruby script. It should make the DXF polylines all white so you can see them in LaserBoy.

    I run Windows 2000, So I can not install SketchUp7 on this PC. Oh well.

    Once I get it going on another computer, I'll try to figure out how to get the actual colors into the DXF file.

    And you are right. It should be very easy to write a ruby script to export directly to ILDA... But who cares?

    James.

    PS. I think I'm going to go 100% Linux very soon. (except for testing LaserBoy!)
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    Nice, I gotta have a play with this

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    tested, works, thank you...

    Quote Originally Posted by James Lehman View Post
    UNTESTED !!!!

    This is a slightly edited version of the ruby script. It should make the DXF polylines all white so you can see them in LaserBoy.

    I run Windows 2000, So I can not install SketchUp7 on this PC. Oh well.

    Once I get it going on another computer, I'll try to figure out how to get the actual colors into the DXF file.

    And you are right. It should be very easy to write a ruby script to export directly to ILDA... But who cares?

    James.

    PS. I think I'm going to go 100% Linux very soon. (except for testing LaserBoy!)
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    ok james... how would I use this DXF.. i need to group each letter with its components then separate the letters into separate frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeperx View Post
    tested, works, thank you...
    Scratch that.. it makes 2 of everything ion the DXF
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeperx View Post
    tested, works, thank you...
    Scratch that.. it makes 2 of everything ion the DXF sometimes.. im not sure if thats sketchup or the script.. whatevs..
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