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Aligning a two sided design to be laser etched

I'm currently designing some tokens to be engraved onto acrylic and cut out, however I'm having trouble working out how to ensure that the designs will line up when the acrylic sheet is flipped over. ...
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Looking for recommendations for good gcode generators for laser plotters

I just got a plotter with a 7W TTL PMW laser. As the original software sucks to say the least (EleksCam), I have started looking for alternatives, and found LaserGRBL, which works great. However, I'm ...
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Automatically rotate and translate paths to reduce space without them touching (nesting)

I wrote a script that makes a design for a laser cutter. I want to optimize the layout to reduce waste and make the most of expensive Perspex material. I lay out the pieces so their bounding boxes ...
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too many anchor points + overlapping lines. Laser cut exporting

I'm having a nightmare trying to figure out the solution to some problems with my illustrator PDF files that are to be imported later to be laser cut in Corel Draw X8 64 (bit) program. My issues are ...
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Inkscape - lock the length of some paths?

I have a 2d model for a laser cutter. It has cutouts where the wooden layer fits in perpendicularly. That means the cutout has to have the exact width so the layer fits in. Now I am experimenting ...
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Combining Shapes for Laser Cutting and Etching

HELP! I would like to add the black circle to the center of the flower. The red strokes are cut lines for the laser. The black is etch. I need the black circle to merge with the flower, eliminating ...
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I want to draw those 4 layers in illustrator without overlapping. I want a perfect aligning between them

is there any way I can draw these layers accurately without having a space or even overlap between them? it is for laser cutting purposes, I used pen to draw every layer, but the pen doesn't provide ...
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Scaling issue saving DXF from Inkscape

I have an SVG file that I'm converting to DXF to feed to a laser cutter via the LaserCut 5.3 software. I have my SVG file all complete, scaled to the full size (1:1). As per the LaserCut page ...
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Illustrator: A way to merge overlapping lines of adjacent shapes?

I often create designs that I need to bring to a laser cutter. To save time and material, I pack repeated shapes as close as possible. The ideal scenario is that shapes share a single line where ...
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Illustrator: how to prepare artwork for laser cutter

I'm working on a laser cutting project where I have to cut out using an RGB red line at the size of 0.001 in. I used Image trace to make an outline of the image, but I can't change the color to RGB ...
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How to obtain single-stroke fonts for laser cutting

I’ve been looking for single-stroke fonts for a while. I need these for laser cutting. I have found many “single-stroke” fonts online, however none are really single stroke: once I Create Outlines, ...
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Using a laser engraver to prepare screen printing mesh?

I am curious to know if any screen printers have tried using a CNC laser engraving machine to fuse the screen mesh together with heat in areas where it should be blocked out, instead of the typical ...
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Single stroke / monoline text in Inkscape for laser engraving

I'm trying to prepare a design in Inkscape to be sent to a laser cutter that should engrave some small text, with just with a single line. Using the text tool and converting to a path gives me an ...
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How do I combine closed shapes' paths in Illustrator?

I'm hoping this isn't a "doh" answer as I've been looking for quite a while to find an elegant solution. I'm trying to merge two shapes together that are placed right next to each other but not ...
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Convert PNG/JPEG/PDF map to SVG for laser cutting

I am trying to convert a PDF map into SVG to then send it out to the laser cutter. I have been using the Image Trace tool with the "technical drawing" presets (and a bit of tweaking), which give more ...
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Automatically merge overlapping nodes in inkscape

My SVG has multiple line objects forming a closed shape. I must convert this into a single path, so that a laser cutting machine just follows the path to cut the shape from the material without jump. ...
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I've programmatically created an SVG. How do I 'crop' it?

I used Processing to generate this SVG. As you can see, it's a series of triangles with trapezoids that gradually get smaller. It came out great, except I want to 'crop' the image to look like this. ...
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Increasing the space between 2 lines in Corel Draw or Inkscape

I have a project that I have downloaded from the internet...Problem is the materials they have and I have are different thickness. So I need to change the width between 2 lines (slits for pieces to ...
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What would be the best software to place together a tessellation for laser cutting

I have a tessellation piece (shown below). I want to use this piece and create a tessellation of a certain amount of pieces so I can laser cut them out of a piece of wood. What would be the best ...
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Help With Vector Images

I'm having some trouble with a vector image I downloaded from shutterstock. I'm trying to lasercut a Christmas present for my cousin. I need to be able to get an outline of the vector image (it's ...
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Is there a way to calculate the total length of all paths in a vector file?

I have a laser bed that people send me vector art to cut out. I charge by the inch and need a way to quickly select all of the vector artwork and get a total distance of all the paths. Are there any ...
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Creating in PS a bleed for a die cut sticker

I am creating a album with stickers, each sticker is die cut and has a special place in the album. How do i create a bleed for each sticker that can be correctly interpreted by the machine that cuts ...
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Laser cutting vector image - bitmap created two lines when I need one on border of counties

I'm working on a custom design of the outline of some counties in kentucky and it's engraving each county with individual borders instead of as a single line. I know I could manually trace between the ...
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How to set a minimum width of 1mm for my shape in illustrator (Laser cut)

Hi I have my logo here It’s a shape which I want to use for making some small rubber pieces. So I will use a laser to cut the outlines. The problem is that the laser accuracy is about 1mm, so the ...
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Designing a laser cut cube

I'm designing the net of a cube that can be laser cut such that it fits together seamlessly. I know this can be done, and I've seen a couple of examples on the net. I have made the net with a jig saw ...
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How do you scale a vector image to equal a measurement in inches?

I need to send a vector file to a textile laser cutter. Image size currently says 521 pixels, and I'm hoping to create a motif that equals 18.75 inches. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank ...
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Splitting a live trace into 6 parts?

I am doing a project in my woodwork class and I need to split a design (in Illustrator) into multiple parts so that it can fit into the laser cutter. This is the design i used: Next I simply put it ...
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problem with pdf export in inkscape - line stroke [closed]

I had today some surprising experience in converting svg to pdf using inkscape. I am preparing drawings for laser cutter. for laser cutting, the drawing should be passed as pdf and the line stroke ...
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How to create an ornamental mesh structure in Illustrator for laser cutting?

I'd like to have the mesh design here … … fleshed out a bit so I can make a perforated strip/plate like this … … in such a way that I can cut pieces out while retaining the precisely placed round ...
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Choosing RGB color in Illustrator (when only CMYK sliders are visible)

I'm making a simple template to laser cut. The laser cutter acts as a printer and you choose the power, speed, etc. for each colour that is in the document. I only want to cut, so I only have RGB red ...
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Do plotter units define quality in PLT file export?

In CorelDraw and other vector programs there is a parameter upon attempting to export a PLT file that asks for plotter units. If i have a circle for example and i export it with 1016 PU and another ...
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Illustrator reducing double stroke svg to a single stroke svg

I have a double stroke svg that I want to reduce to a single stroke svg. The area on the svg is defined as some white shapes that are overlayed on a black background, with anchors outlining the shapes ...
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Broken PLT(HPGL) lines on re-importing, PLT(HPGL) exports from very high node count SVG files in CorelDraw GS X4 & X6

I have SVG files which i import into CorelDraw for exporting them into PLT/HPGL files. The SVG files are polygons with extremely high node counts - up to 10000 nodes sometimes. When i export them to ...
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Cutouts model resources?

I am a fan of DIY stuff and have recently seen these cardboard safari which looks pretty nice. I would like to try to do some of those myself but haven't found good cut out resources around and my own ...
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Small-run or DIY printing solutions for packaging design?

So, about a year ago, I taught myself Illustrator. I am still bumbling along and experimenting with what it can do. I recently bought a new book that has templates for packaging design and I am going ...
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How can I calculate the center of mass/gravity for vector objects?

I'm making a mobile (in the Calder sense) by laser-cutting from a vector file (Corel Draw). I have a set of outlines that will be the individual pieces. Is there a way in Corel (or some other ...