Ross Dalziel @cheapjack edited this page Feb 28, 2017 · 4 revisions

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is something lots of artists and designers occassionally use. We would still recommended Inkscape as it does everything Illustrator does except its free and cross platform. Inkscape makes alot of sense especially if you're an artist or educator wanting something everyone can use. If you insist on/need to use Illustrator that's ok! Follow the guide below. This guide was written in CS6 so other versions may differ.

Lasercut artwork in Illustrator

  • Use stroke only
  • Set stroke to simple rgb colours and put to minimum stroke width; it's the same path, just helps you remember you are designing paths for cutting not drawing!
  • Beware grouping! I've found that sometimes that some grouped objects in illustrator vanish on export so it's best to ungroup everything to be sure

The best way to get illustrator designs into our machines is to EXPORT to .dxf


Straight to .dxf

When saving a file for use with lasercutting, you can export your .ai file to .dxf by following this process

  • Select File/Export...
  • Choose AutoCAD Version R14/LT98/LT97
  • Set "Artwork Scale" to "Scale: 1" "Millimeters" "=" 1 "Unit(s)"
  • "Color & File Format"
  • "Number of Colors" 256
  • "Raster File Format" to PNG


  • Check Maximum Editability and leave other options unchecked

And if these options come up:

  • Uncheck "...ROBO-Master..."
  • Check "...LWPOLYLINE..."

You should also save a copy of the main file in Illustrators native format .ai but you can also save as .svg and then you can share with Inkscape users

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