Unicorn G-Code Extension for Inkscape


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This work is licensed GNU - GPL.


One problem that has often plagued users of the MakerBot Unicorn[1] is the long and confusing chain of tools required to go from a nice vector drawing to a G-Code file that can be plotted from ReplicatorG.

mifga did an awesome tutorial[2] that made it possible to understand the steps needed to work all of these tools, but it was obvious that something better was needed.

So, I made a mashup of scribbles.py[3] and the Egg-Bot Driver for Inkscape[4] to bring you the inkscape-unicorn extension for Inkscape!

Once installed, this extension allows you to save files in “MakerBot Unicorn G-Code (*.gcode)” format!

Learn more, download, and contribute at the GitHub page for this project:


If you’re desperate, you can also download the zip file attached to this thing, but it is guaranteed to be out of date. Please get the latest version from GitHub. :)

Thanks to langfordw for the original Unicorn Logo[5] used as an example on this Thing.


I’m updating and adding features to this script as my first days for the February Thing-A-Day. Updates below:

[1] Unicorn - http://store.makerbot.com/makerbot-unicorn-pen-plotter-kit.html
[2] mifga’s Unicorn Tutorial - http://wiki.makerbot.com/unicorn-tutorial-01
[3] scribbles.py - https://github.com/makerbot/Makerbot/tree/master/Unicorn/Scribbles%20Scripts
[4] Egg-Bot Driver for Inkscape - http://code.google.com/p/eggbotcode/
[5] Unicorn Logo by langfordw http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4197


From the README:


Copy the contents of src/ to your Inkscape extensions/ folder.

Typical locations include:

  • OS X - /Applications/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/extensions
  • Linux - /usr/share/inkscape/extensions
  • Windows - C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\extensions


  • Size and locate your image appropriately:
    • The CupCake CNC build platform size is 100mm x 100mm.
    • Setting units to mm in Inkscape makes it easy to size your drawing.
    • The extension will automatically attempt to center everything.
  • Convert all text to paths:
    • Select all text objects.
    • Choose Path | Object to Path.
  • Save as G-Code:
    • File | Save a Copy.
    • Select MakerBot Unicorn G-Code (*.gcode).
    • Save your file.
  • Preview
    • For OS X, Pleasant3D is great for this.
    • For other operating systems… I don’t know!
  • Print!
    • Open your .gcode file in ReplicatorG
    • Set up your Unicorn and pen.
    • Center your build platform.
    • Click the Build button!