How do you convert a complex design of shapes into a single path?
I have this design made from individual overlapping paths:
that I want to etch using a CNC machine. The machine can read an SVG file, but it doesn't do any complex boolean CSG logic. It simply follows the paths in the file. So if I give it the file generated by Inkscape, it won't respect the "fills". It would come out looking like:
How do I combine all these shapes into a single path so that the hidden shapes are clipped out?
My question is similar to this one except my use case is much more complicated, and obviously none of the proposed solutions, like going through every pair of objects and doing a difference+copy+combine, would work. I'd have thousands of objects to manually process. It would take weeks.
Does Inkscape have no feature that can just give you the path for what it's already showing on the screen?