posted this on November 16, 2011 16:41
Here's a handy tip for when you want a clean edge on your laser-cut design:
Our three template sizes are a guarantee of the portion of the material sheet that can be safely cut. 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.
1) This P3 design has a cutting line around the edge (we’ve just hidden the orange border so you can see it clearly):
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:)
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: