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The CraftROBO is one of the more prevalent cutters in the consumer market. For some time now users have asked on and off about support for it, and there is at least one opensource project addressing support for cutting with them.

However, Graphtec America has now been in contact with us, and is very interested in supporting efforts to better integrate with their hardware.



Graphtec has been discussing various aspects of Inkscape supporting the CraftROBO in both email and in conference calls. We are still in some initial stages of exploring the approaches to us, but they have offered some support, the availability of an SDK and some hardware for developers to work with.

From our OpenSource viewpoint, the legal use of the SDK is probably an important factor. We need to hear back if any NDA's or such will be required for use of the SDK and/or if it will end up compatible with the GPL. On the recent conference call Joshua and I helped make the point that the more open the SDK access was, the better the solution will be. Graphtec will follow up internally to see what the details will be and what might need additional information.

The Inkscape developers would like to wait for the licensing issues to be clearly addressed before actually getting copies the SDK and exploring its direct use. (I just want to be clear that this was from the Inkscape side of things, and that Graphtec expressed no hesitance in having the SDK accessible whenever we become ready for it).

At the moment Graphtec's business goals including remaining somewhat application-agnostic. That is, for various reasons they are not looking to ship Inkscape with their hardware themselves. However they expressed support for shipping any needed drivers on their side of things.

Overall the communication with Graphtec was very positive, and we see great potential for many win-win aspects.



Approach Breakdown



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A summary of key people to contact.


  • Joshua (verbalshadow) has agreed to act as our contact point for this. So try to cc him on any discussions that occur, etc.
  • JonCruz is working on the Inkscape-side technical issues, and may end up doing more of the coding.


  • Glen Bull is interested in the potential educational uses of the CraftROBO, and helped bring the various parties together for discussion.