I would have updated my previous attempt at configuring Inkscape to work with the Silhouette Cameo, but got so swept up in the excitement of cutting vinyl stickers, I forgot to do it until now. Unless something has changed since my last relevant post, InkCut doesn’t really work.
This post demonstrates how to configure the open-source inkscape-silhouette extension on Ubuntu 16.04.
System and dependencies
Do the usual system prep before adding the software upon which Inkscape and the Silhouette extension depend:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
Just as with a conventional printer, the Silhouette Cameo requires some drivers be installed before it can work with Ubuntu.
Open your System Settings:
Open the Printers option:
Add a printer:
Hopefully you see your device in the list:
The drivers for generic printing devices will suffice in this situation:
Find the recommended text-only driver and select:
Change your cutter’s name, if you like. I left these settings untouched:
Not sure what would happen if you attempted to print a test page. I cancelled:
If all is well, you should see the device you just added:
The Inkscape vector graphics tool has an extension that enables you to send your own SVG files to the Cameo.
Add the Inkscape repository and install:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:inkscape.dev/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install inkscape
Run it from the command line to make sure it works:
These steps are adapted from the inkscape-silhouettewiki.
This extension depends upon python-usb:
sudo apt install python-usb
Next, you’ll need to download a copy of the extension’s latest release. At the time of writing, you could obtain it from the command line like this: