Origin cuts Scalable Vector Graphics.
Vector files--such as .svg, .eps, and .dxf file types) describe shapes as a series of X,Y positions connected by lines and curves. This differs from Raster images--such as .jpeg, .png, and .tiff file types) which describe images as dots or pixels, each with their own color values.
SVG files can be exported directly from a variety of software packages. These include:
- Palette CAD, 3D, PlugIn
- Fusion 360, 3D, PlugIn
- Vectorworks, 3D, PlugIn
- Adobe Illustrator, 2D
- Affinity Designer, 2D
- SketchUp Make, 2D, PlugIn
- Coreldraw, 2D
- Inkscape, 2D
- Vectr, 2D
Other 3D CAD packages usually export vectors as .dxf files which can be color coded in the apps mentioned above to make them ready for cutting with Origin. Here is a video tutorial outlining this process in Illustrator.
Shaper Tools also provides an Add-In for Autodesk Fusion 360 which streamlines the workflow of exporting color-coded SVG files. Fusion is able to interpret a wide range 3d and 2d file types. Consider installing Fusion even if you only intend to use it to convert 3D file types to SVG files for import to Origin.
The Adobe Illustrator Template sets the appropriate .svg settings for you when you are using Illustrator. If you are using another package or writing you own exporter, make sure that your .svg files are saved in real world units (inches, mm, etc.) and that they are employing an RGB color scheme.