The easiest way to use a file designed in Silhouette is to save the file as an SVG file. First, you will need to make sure you have a version of the Silhouette Studio software that is able to save as an SVG. To save as an SVG, you will need Silhouette Studio Business Edition and be using version 4.1 or higher.
Let’s check which version of the software you have. In Silhouette Studio, go to the taskbar along the top of your screen, click “Help,” and then go all the way to the bottom and select “About Silhouette Studio.” A box will appear on your screen showing which edition of the software you have (basic, designer edition, business edition) and which version of the software you are running.
If your box does not show that you are using the Business Edition of the software, you will need to purchase the upgrade which can be done here. Once you have your License Key for the software, go to “Help” and click “Upgrade Silhouette Studio.” Enter your license key and follow the on-screen prompts to install the upgrade.
If your box shows a version of the software that is lower than 4.1, you will need to update the software. Unlike upgrades such as business edition, updates are free. To find the correct download for your computer, go to www.silhouetteamerica.com. Towards the right side of the screen, click on the blue box that says “SOFTWARE.” Follow the row across for Current Version and click the corresponding download for your computer type (Windows or Mac). Once the update downloads, open the file and follow the on-screen prompts to install the update. If you encounter any problems, click on the little chat bubble in the bottom right corner on the Silhouette website.
Now you are ready to go! We will go over preparing a file for use in the Glowforge in another tutorial, but for the purposes of today, we are going to use a file that is ready to go. Here is my file in the Silhouette Studio software:
To save as an SVG, go to the top taskbar and click “File,” “Save as,” and “Save to Hard Drive.”
Now, navigate to a place where you will easily remember where you saved the file. Type your file name in the “file name” box. In the “save as type” box, click the drop-down arrow on the far right side. Select “SVG” from the options that drop down. Click “ok.”
Open your Glowforge page by going to app.glowforge.com.
*If you have not purchased a Glowforge or have not set-up your Glowforge, you will not be able to access this page.
Make sure you are signed in to your account. Your name will appear in the upper right corner of the screen when you are signed in.
Clicking “Home” at the top of the page takes you to your Design Library. To import your SVG, click the “upload” button.
The “Open” dialogue box will appear. Navigate to where you saved your file, click on the file, and select “open” at the bottom right of the box.
A rectangle will pop up on the lower right side of your screen that will say uploading and then processing. Your screen will then change to a screen that says “Rendering Design” and then your file will appear. The time that it takes to complete the upload process will depend upon your file complexity and your internet speed.
If your Glowforge is powered on, your screen will show the material currently in your laser. If it is powered off, it will show your file over whatever your Glowforge last scanned.
You are now ready to load your material, select your settings, and print your file!