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   - set velocity to 800 (it will go as fast as it can) and power to 30%   - set velocity to 800 (it will go as fast as it can) and power to 30%
   - carve out   - carve out
 +==Gerber to DXF==
 +Okay, but I have a Gerber file (that someone gave me, so, no, I can't re-export from Eagle/​KiCAD) and your laser takes DXF and I can't find a free Gerber to DXF converter. ​ What do I do?
 +Simple! ​ (Not really, but it seems to work)
 +I did this all on Linux, so if things work different on Windows, please let me know.
 +Use **gerbv** to open the gerber file.  Look at it.  Use the Measure tool to measure some easy-to-repeat dimension. ​ Write that down.  In **gerbv**, there is an export option. ​ Export the file as SVG.  ​
 +Open that SVG file in **Inkscape**. ​ Save it as a "​Desktop Cutting Plotter (AutoCAD DXF R14) (*.dxf)"​ file.  (My Inkscape had a different DXF option, but it didn't work for this.) ​ On the dialogue that pops up, make sure to select "​mm"​ as your base unit.  I also used LWPOLYLINE line output.
 +Now, open that DXF in **LibreCAD**. (This step might not be necessary, but follow along for now.)  Remember that dimension I asked you to measure? ​ Measure it again. ​ For some reason, whenever I do this, my drawing ends up at exactly 80% scale. ​ Scale it up by a factor of 1.25.  Save it.  Now, take that file to the laser. ​ (You could probably do the scale in SmartCarve if you know, for a fact, that it's out by that factor. ​ I used LibreCAD here because I knew I could use the dimension tool better than in SmartCarve.)
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