How to laser cut curves from Autodesk Maya
Just use my plugin :D
You feed it Bezier curves, and it will spit out an SVG file that automatically works with laser cutters.
Here is my basic write-up on how to use my plugin
1. Download my tool at the bottom of the page and install it
Make sure you have ran Maya at least once before or it will fail
2. Find my tool in Maya. It is located in the “Stas” shelf
3. Setup the tool.
Choose your export location (important), and change anything else you might need to change. It is setup by default for laser cutting with a Trotec Engraver
3. Select your Bezier Curves, and press Export!
If the tool doesn’t work, it is probably because you tried NURBs Curves. You can convert them to Bezier by going to Modify -> Convert -> Convert NURBs to Bezier
Your magical SVG file should be ready to use! Load it up on to Adobe Illustrator and go cut it out with the laser cutter :)
If you’re having trouble with Windows, run the file called (stas-maya-plugins.Setup.1.0.1.exe) AFTER extracting the zip file
Also if you want to see my source and maybe make your own version, feel free: https://github.com/Stasadance/SVG-Exporter