T-Slot Boxmaker


Laser cut boxes are pretty cool.  They can be tricky to design however.  “Maker” has taken a lot of the guesswork out of making boxes with a cool Inkscape extenstion.  Its written in Python, so Anool challenged me to add t-slots so that the resulting boxes can be held together with screws instead of glue.

It took me a while to wrap my head around the whole extension business.  It is not pretty, but I finally managed to cobble together the necessary parts to get this working.


  1. download code and unzip it into your Inkscape extensions directory.  On my Ubuntu laptop that is /usr/share/inkscape/extensions/.
  2. Start or Restart Inkscape.
  3. Select T-Slot Box Maker from the Extensions->Laser Tools menuScreenshot from 2013-03-27 19:35:30
  4. Insert your box measurements and screw measurements (so far only tested with 16mm M3 screws.Screenshot from 2013-03-27 19:38:27
  5. Click “apply”
  6. Remove unwanted or conflicting t-slots with the associated holeScreenshot from 2013-03-27 19:42:30
  7. Done!  Good luck!Screenshot from 2013-03-27 19:43:57