How do I export my .slddrw files into .plt files? We just got a laser marker, which logo files are saved as *.plt files. And we need to make our own logo files, so do I need a addon or something?
Just to inform, the PLT files are created with printer drivers. Most common looks like to be HPGL. So you print the drawing into file using PLT-plotter.
Looks like Draftsight (free from Dassault) will save PLT files (its listed as a feature) although I don't use it myself. Inkscape (free) may also work, it does export PLT. You could export a DXF from SolidWorks to either application.
Note, PLT format is all line segments, including curves.
If you need arcs in the curved areas, you would need a different solution. There are some utilities that will save HPGL2, although I don't know of any that are free.
Have you come across Lo3 ( or L03 ) files , used to fill PLT files ? We are generating a PLT file from a DWG , but our laser marker will only mark the outline, as somewhere along the conversion the SLDPRT conversion to PLT via DWG, the contour becomes a number of individual vectors , and not closed contour
I am trying to find out what stage of the conversion a extrudable closed contour becomes an open contour of numerous vectors?
I'm not familiar with L03 files, a quick search indicated that these may be generated by a mathematical application rather than from CAD.
You may need to assign a hatch pattern for the fill instead of a solid, since PLT is a very old format I'm not sure it supports fills or hatches. I suspect you may need to convert the hatch into its component entities (explode?) so that they can be exported.
SolidWorks has limited tools for dealing with these issues, so you may need a different application to solve this. Perhaps AutoCAD or IntelliCAD or Draftsight.
Hopefully someone will reply that can better address this.
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