Etching pattern begins

As I start work on the pattern for etching, there is good news and bad news.

First the good news: it appears that OnShape have improved the compatibility with Inkscape, and so, now I can take flat patterns from OnShape and import them directly into Inkscape without traversing through QCadCam.  Someone is still resizing the part along the way, but I suspect it is Inkscape, and that is still easy to fix.

Now the bad news: the part coming from OnShape consists of many individual paths, rather than a single connected path.  This means I can’t simply select an area and fill it with colour until all the coincident but unconnected nodes have been connected together to make a closed path.  That’s a lot of labour; granted, it’s just about the most complex shape I have, but hooking up the half frame above took over half an hour.  There has to be a better way!

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