I installed MoshiDraw 2012 on the laser engraver. MoshiDraw 2012 allows the importation of more file formats (see the wiki (link)
for the different formats). Disappointingly, these formats are not the ones the InkScape software uses. Also MoshiDraw 2012 appears to be a complete rewrite from the older version. The older version of MoshiDraw seems to work better for something projects. So I guess one can use one of the other depending on what will work better.
I am going to try to use email to set up a class for the few people that have expressed an interest this Saturday or Sunday (6/10/12) since the events TCMaker email is not being responded to. Maybe add in some MakerBot instruction also. I don't have access to the blog or event creation systems.
I noticed that if one waits to open the laser engraver for a half minute to a minute after the laser finishes that the smoke smell from the vaporized material is eliminated. This is probably because the ventilation system has more time to suck out any fumes in the machine. It is hard not to open and examine your work right away after the laser is done. But opening the top right away allows the fumes into the workspace area. Then people complain.
Does anyone have a 2D CAD program, like TurboCAD, that they are not using anymore? I would like to install such a program on the laser engraver computer that Scott donated. I think such a program would be useful for creating images for cutting out parts for projects on the laser engraver because it would be more precise than the drawing programs.