I am trying to make a contour toolpath with an offset direction of “Inside / Left”. (This object started as an imported dxf file.) When I create a toolpath parts are Inside but other parts are Outside. I could select them separately to get all tool paths correct but my whole project would involve doing this hundreds of times. Any idea how I can get the tool paths to match? See attached picture for a visual of what I am trying to explain.
It is huge, and this is just a small part of it. It is also a purchased file and I would not want to make it public as such. I think I found a very similar question on the forum back from 2016. The source dxf is the same (from lisaboyer.com)
But I don’t have access to the tools mentioned to solve it. Freehand is not available any more, but I do have Inkscape. I don’t have DraftSight, but I do now have Fusion 360, which I have not yet learned to use, but will if necessary.
I have had inconsistent results with these two methods, but I think with repeated tries I can get things fixed. It seems to do best when I strip the objects down to just one piece/gear and then attempt the join. I will probably have to do about 20 individual files but I can do that easy enough. I’ll let you know how it goes. I got three done so far.
Depending on what you’re doing, you may be able to do it faster in Inkscape just selecting several paths with the node editor, selecting ALL nodes, and using the Join selected nodes tool I mentioned above. You could do entire gears like that.
EDIT (posted in PM…thought it might help someone else too):
There is some junk on the far left side of the svg…get rid of it. Then…
Switch to node editing
Select all nodes
Click Join Nodes button
I usually combine paths on things like this too (Ctrl+K).