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How to cut out a shape - Cutting lines

Catherine Field-Dodgson
posted this on November 16, 2011 16:41

The core of your design will be the shapes you want cut out, and many designs ONLY use cut lines.

The easiest way to visualize how this translates to your design is to imagine laying the pieces you want to make on a sheet of paper, then drawing around the edges before taking them away. Your design should look like the lines left on the paper.

To make a cutting line, draw a line or shape.

In Illustrator

Then set the stroke weight to 0.01 mm:

And set the stroke color to blue with RGB values of 0, 0, 255:

illustrator-cutting-line_settings_bird.jpg

In Inkscape

Then open the Object > Fill and Stroke window and set the 'Stroke style' width to 0.010 mm:

And set the stroke color to blue with the 'Stroke paint' RGBA values of 0, 0, 255, 255:

 cutting-line_and_bird.jpg

 

Put a cutting line around the outside of your design

Our material sheets themselves are always slightly larger than the template Safe Area, and are often cut out on a saw so they don't have nice smooth laser-cut edges.

If you have a product in mind that requires nice, clean edges, then we recommend adding a blue cutting line around the ‘safe area’ part of our templates.

Even if you just wish to engrave some works on one of our materials we recommend adding a cut line to define the edge of your work so it is exactly the size that you want.

1) This P3 design has a cutting line around the edge (we’ve just hidden the orange border so you can see it clearly):cutting_line_4.png

This design turned out beautifully when cut on Acrylic and has perfectly lasered edges!

 

2) You'll also need to add a adding a cutting line(s) around the edge of a design if you have pieces that need to be ‘cut out’ of the the sheet of material, as per this image (shown with the orange border removed:)


cutting_line2.png

This design needs cutting lines added around the edge, so that the various shapes will ‘cut out’ from the material sheet. This is how it should look:

cutting_line_3.png