Referring to the provided source, you need to:
ungroup (Shift-Ctrl-G) your object, select the paths and combine (Ctrl-K) them in a single path
switch in Edit paths by nodes mode (F2), select all the nodes and join selected nodes (Shift-J).
When all the nodes are selected, the join selected nodes function applies to all the couples of endnodes found.
Here's how I would do it in Inkscape
Resize the page to give yourself a bit more room.
Unsing the Select by Nodes tool F2 select, then convert the little rectanglular holes to paths using Path > Stroke to Path
Ungroup the pieces, regroup the top two pieces together
Rotate the top group so the pieces are the same way up as the bottom two pieces
Using the ...
I've actually tried this.
I worked from 2008-2010 as one of the primary Laser Technicians at the Gulfstream Center at Savannah College of Art and Design. I would operate and maintain the Laser for student work requests. I was asked on a few occasions to try this out on some pre-stretched screen.
We ruined a few screens getting the technique down to ...
For simplicity's sake, I'm going to assume that you already have a mesh and a "piece with holes" in vector form. If not, we have existing questions on how to do that:
How to create a triangular grid in Illustrator
How do I create a polygon tessellation pattern in Adobe Illustrator?
How do you generate the shapes at the bottom of the image? Is is done with a ...
SVGnest(dot)com should be enough to do the job, and it's free, although there may be scripts/extensions available for Illustrator/Inkscape. I have no affiliation with the SVGnest website.
Anyway, here's an example of what SVGnest can do.
For this kind of project:
Not only you need to be careful about bleed, but you need to make sure your sticker is a bit bigger than the white area in your book. Otherwise it will look weird and white borders will be visible if the stickers are not perfectly applied! People don't apply stickers perfectly, you need to add a few millimeters to help them a ...
I did not realise that RGB was also an option under the fly-out (the right arrow(s) in the upper right corner of the Color palette).
It's also worth note that I should (could?) have chosen the document color mode by selecting a correct new document profile in "New document" dialog box.
Jacob Bugge and Monika Gause pointed them out for me on the Adobe ...
You could use this method in Illustrator:
create a shape like this with your symbol
Crop the selected area.
select your croped object and go to Pattern Options (Window>Pattern Options)
once the Pattern option tab opens up click the waffle and select Make Pattern
A windows will pop up where you can navigate how the pattern should flow, also you can ...
What you want is a stroke-based font in a stroke-based format and a program that can properly deal with them, and in particular only realise the stroke. There are a few formats out there that claim to be able to do this (e.g., UFO), but I do not know how well they are supported and how many fonts exists in these formats.
Unless I am mistaken, no common font ...
Your keyword is "nesting".
In manufacturing industry, Nesting refers to the process of laying out cutting patterns to minimize the raw material waste. Examples include manufacturing parts from flat raw material such as sheet metal.
There is software available, free & paid, that will do the task for you.
I found this comparison - The Definitive Guide ...
The question may be more suited to a laser related forum, as the answer lies with the characteristics of the laser more than with the graphics program. My experience with my laser is that one has to change settings for the laser power as well as adjust an image to create an appropriately contrast within the image. My laser software (LightBurn) also allows ...
Use Vector Graphics Software
The important part of the question is the fact that it is going to be used for laser cutting.
Laser cutting requires vector paths so you will need to use a vector graphics program. Adobe Illustrator is probably the most popular but there are free alternatives such as Inkscape.
For laser cutting you will want your paths to ...
Using Adobe Illustrator, here is how to combine Shapes in the way you describe:
Select the two Shapes you want to "join".
Under the Pathfinder palette, select Unite.
There may be some other tweaking or options depending on whether you are actually using Paths, Strokes or Shapes, whether they're filled, outlined, etc. With lines/outlines, you may need ...
I was stuck with the same dilemma and using Adobe Illustrator wrote a script that places a small hole at the center of gravity of an irregular polygon. It worked great! After this iteration, I also added a few snippets to create the hole just above the center of gravity to ensure that the part balanced well when suspended from just that one point.
You can find it here.
It will create an SVG file which you can open in Illustrator and many other vector-...
I don't believe that there's an automatic way of doing it. How would the computer know which shapes you want combined and which you don't?
As an alternative, you can use pathfinder.
Select the shapes you want to combine,
Go to: Window → Pathfinder (Command/Ctrl+Shift+F9) and use Merge option from pathfinder.
You can also use the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+...
This answer is not quite what you wanted, but perhaps and alternative to it.
There is this website called http://www.shapeways.com/
It's a lot like that cardboard safari website, except better ( In my opinion.. ).
They use different materials, but I think their materials ( which include stainless steel ) is an upgrade from what cardboard safari has to ...
Disclaimer: i just fiddled with this, and it might not be exactly what you want. These two models will work, though I am sure there are better ways of doing it.
Here is some of the problems: if you need the checkerboard pattern to
be exactly as above (i.e. defined difference between black and white)
you cannot divide the shape into six. You must ...
Given the simplicity of the areas required for your map i would suggest drawing them in a vector based application such as Adobe Illustrator using the pen-tool.
Another but by no means efficient method would be to open the Image in photoshop and using the Hue/Saturation tool to greyscale the image, then use Image Levels to improve the contrast and the ...
Having been a couple of years in a factory that cutted sheet metal by laser, I must say that scanning over an silk screen would be nonprofitable work to a machine which is designed to split steel. You can cover maybe one square centimeter at the same cost that is needed for one meter long slit.
A specially constructed low power machine would be a better ...
Traditionally, "crop" means to block something with something else. So is a bitmap term... pixels or edges or something else cover up something else, hence it's cropped.
The term you want is "trim" or "cut", and the tools you'll need are going to perform a slice like action to your vector (SVG) imagery.
Find a vector editor you like. These are CorelDraw, ...
The key factor may be that anchor points in Illustrator can only have 2 paths... and in and an out. You just can't create an anchor point with 3 paths shooting out of it. That may or may not factor into what you are trying to accomplish.
(Due to Illustrator autosave feature, I'd encourage experimenting on a copy of the original file until you find a method ...
Hit CTRL+A to select your artwork.
Hit SHIFT+X to swap the black fill with a black stroke.
Hit F6 to open up the Color panel, set to RGB from the top arrow menu and type 255,0,0 as seen below.
Hit SHIFT+F10 to open up the Stroke panel and type 0.001 in in the Weight field.
Also read the answers here: What color swatch to use for cut lines?
Illustrator has no method to remove overlapping paths which I'm aware of.
It takes manual deletion of any overlapped path in all instances since two shapes can't "share" a common path segment in terms of construction. Pathfinder/Shape Builder are also generally no help with this either. They are both geared more towards creating/removing individual objects,...
Only, draw one side of the boundary and copy it to both sides. This way it is the same edge.
Note 1: However that a laser cutter will cut this edge 2 times! This is always worse than cutting one time. Also due to cnc interpolation the laser will not hit same position 2 times. (so if the gap very small, like 0.02 mm then its probably not change the outcome ...
Joojaa hit on this but a visual may assist....
Draw 4 overlapping shapes.
Switch to Outline mode (View > Outline).
Use Object > Path > Average to ensure anchors are in the same spots where appropriate.
Select All and click the Merge button on the Pathfinder Panel.
Delete everything you don't want.
Each section will be its own shape and the edges will ...
The case cutline file you link to is .svg, and will work in any competent vector art or CADD program, from InkScape to Affinity Designer to Adobe Illustrator to Draftsight (was free CADD, now $99 license and darn good too - I use it in architecture to replace AutoCAD and it does everything I need) or even AutoCAD.
However, the two other design files you ...