I have the following hand drawn .ai file that I would like to convert to SVG for 3d printing with tinkercad.

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when I save as SVG however there is some clipping done to the paths and it turns out like:

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with that file exported as SVG then, the 3d print preview comes out as follows:enter image description here

How can I correctly export the original .ai file so that the 3d print would be one solid piece that is just a 3d version of the original stroke path?

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    use pathfinder tool and merge all paths :) i suppose it should work
    – Mr.Online
    Commented Jun 5, 2019 at 3:00
  • thank you that was what I needed on the SVG file. Turned out great
    – Ron
    Commented Jun 5, 2019 at 17:58

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Artwork needs to be prepared for these machines (3d printers, vinyl cutters, lasers, etc). In your case select everything and do a 'Pathfinder → Unite', then go into outline mode Ctrl+Y and cleanup any leftover bits. Make sure you are left with a single, clean object before doing the SVG export.

  • Great thank you, I was planning on trying this out on a laser cutter as well so I will take this approach.
    – Ron
    Commented Jun 5, 2019 at 17:59

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