Fri – Inkscape and Egg-Bot!
Join us this Friday for a free and open to the public intro to Inkscape and Egg-Bott by member Matt B:
Inkscape is an open-source vector image editor, capable of making high-quality, images that can be scaled to any size without losing quality. It’s an open-source replacement for Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and others. This talk will bring new users up-to-speed with Inkscape, and you’ll be making beautiful drawings in no time!
It is suggested that you bring a laptop with Inkscape pre-installed, so you can follow along and interact with the dynamic slides. Inkscape has installers for Windows and OSX, which can be downloaded from http://inkscape.org/download/. Linux packages are most likely available from your distribution (for Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install inkscape).
Inkscape is also the main way to interact with the new Egg-Bot drawing robot from Evil Mad Scientist Labs. After the quick Inkscape tutorial, we will introduce the Egg-Bot and show how it interacts with Inkscape, how to transform your images so they can be easily plotted with the Egg-Bot, and how to optimize your drawings for fast and accurate plotting. We will have at least one Egg-Bot in the shop that you can use, and a supply of ping-pong balls and ball-pit balls for your plotting pleasure.
To get you started, Matt B has provided some ready-to-go inkscape eggbot images that can be used as-is, or as a starting point for you own Inkscape/Egg-Bot fun.
Matt’s slides/presentation (ZIP) which are SVG files themselves, so you can use the instructions in them to modify themselves!
HackPittsburgh is located at 1936 Fifth Avenue, at the garage around back on Watson. This is a free and open to the public event that starts at 7pm. For additional details, email info at hackpittsburgh dot org.
If you want to pre-install the Egg-bot software, that would be a great idea. Here are the download and install instructions: