Real Size Printing?

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johnelle
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Real Size Printing?

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I am using Vcarve for a bandsaw project which means I have to have the output print at 100% scale. Everything I have tried (including Adobe .pdf output) is scaled. I have tried poster print, orientations, etc. It always scales it at some random amount.

Am I going to have to use Illustrator for this project? I hope not because it takes hours to learn enough Illustrator to do a simple design.

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Re: Real Size Printing?

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This gets asked often. For the the last such thread: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=31670&p=229021&hilit=pdf#p229021

Adrian's final comment might be what you are looking for.

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If you have a printer that understands HPGL then the Generic HPGL post processor may work for your purpose.
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Re: Real Size Printing?

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johnelle wrote:I am using Vcarve for a bandsaw project which means I have to have the output print at 100% scale. Everything I have tried (including Adobe .pdf output) is scaled. I have tried poster print, orientations, etc. It always scales it at some random amount.

Am I going to have to use Illustrator for this project? I hope not because it takes hours to learn enough Illustrator to do a simple design.
Check your settings in the PDF reader you're using as you should be able to print at 100% scale no problem with a PDF file exported from VCarve. A common issue is overlooking margin/header/footer settings.

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Re: Real Size Printing?

Post by ngh »

My methodology to print an actual size representation on my inkjet printer:

I use is LibreOffice Draw (part of the free LibreOffice suite) and print in 100% scale.

My small CNC is about A4 sized (200 x 300mm) or (12 x 8 inches), so a normal A4 page is very close.

I export the vectors as a .svg file out of VCarve.
Then I open the .svg via LibreOffice.
I format my page to the exact sizing I am using (200 x 300mm).
then I print at 100% scale and no margins.

So far everything has lined up perfectly to my actual cuts.

This probably will only work for the smaller size jobs.

Hope this helps.

ngh. 8)

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Post by ezurick »

Sorry for the dumb question, but s a newbie I'd like to know.... why would you do this? I mean if you have a lettering carved on wood from vcarve... why would you need a inkjet print of it? Just curious.

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ezurick wrote:Sorry for the dumb question, but s a newbie I'd like to know.... why would you do this? I mean if you have a lettering carved on wood from vcarve... why would you need a inkjet print of it? Just curious.
The OP was asking about a bandsaw project so something that has been designed in Vcarve & then a paper template printed which is then stuck on the piece of material for bandsaw cutting :lol: :lol: :lol:

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martin54 wrote:
ezurick wrote:Sorry for the dumb question, but s a newbie I'd like to know.... why would you do this? I mean if you have a lettering carved on wood from vcarve... why would you need a inkjet print of it? Just curious.
The OP was asking about a bandsaw project so something that has been designed in Vcarve & then a paper template printed which is then stuck on the piece of material for bandsaw cutting :lol: :lol: :lol:


Aah! got it. Guess I missed about the bandsaw. Thanks for explaining Martin.

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