Does anyone know how I can export a logo to a .plt file using AI CS4 (or any CS4 program)? I need to have a logo laser etched on products and the only file format that the program accepts is .plt. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It's an AutoCAD print/plotter file. Not sure what you can do with an AI file to get it to a .plt file.
Perhaps export it to .dfx or .dwg and have the fabricator translate that for you.
Funny I would think the fabricated would have copy of Illustrator for this purpose since so many AI users send to vinyl cutters?
You should contact the fabricator.
This isn't going to a fabricator. I work for a manufacturing company and they want to laser etch our logo (and those of our OEMs) onto some of our products. The machine only accepts .plt files. I'll export it as a .dfx or .dwg and have one of our engineers transfer it to .plt w/ AutoCad.
You could download the drivers from HP to create a virtual printer, and make a .plt file yourself. But if this is a one time thing only, follow your original plan to have someone else convert a .dwg for you to .plt so you don't have to download and install software.
Please help me with the software name...
plt files are HPGL files - Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language. AutoCAD and most all CAD programs support(ed) the format. If you have a link to your logo, post it. I can convert it to a plt file and send you a link to download it.