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    Default Re: Starting with laser cutting acrylic - How to easy create a contour cutting line?

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    Default Re: Starting with laser cutting acrylic - How to easy create a contour cutting line?

    on the other hand as they were different questions [aka topics] maybe they could have been left separate.... c'est ca
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    Default Re: Starting with laser cutting acrylic - How to easy create a contour cutting line?

    I'm totally confused now .....

    I don't understand what you're attempting to achieve in post # 15 macfee?
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    Default Re: Starting with laser cutting acrylic - How to easy create a contour cutting line?

    it was clearer when the threads were separate - it is now a non-sequitur, a completely different question

    he wants a cutting outline around the shape - I suggested using a contour in post #19 - can't think of doing it any other way in xara [other than manually], but there may be one....
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    Default Re: Starting with laser cutting acrylic - How to easy create a contour cutting line?

    Quote Originally Posted by handrawn View Post
    it was clearer when the threads were separate - it is now a non-sequitur, a completely different question

    he wants a cutting outline around the shape - I suggested using a contour in post #19 - can't think of doing it any other way in xara [other than manually], but there may be one....
    That's the way I've used for vinyl signs and waterjet cutting. Works well. There's a but...

    In the image below, I've done a contour around a vector version (that I traced from a larger version of the logo), used a 5mm offset, single step contour, no fill with outline. Selected all the nodes with the shape tool except the ones around the tag hole, and for my uses, used a spot color named CutContour for the outline.

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    Which works fine for vinyl and waterjet cutting. Here's the "But." Depending on how the cutting is being done, the inner corners of the contour may need to be rounded to no smaller than the cutter's diameter unless the cutting software will properly make allowances else those sharp corners may look funky.
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    Default Re: Starting with laser cutting acrylic - How to easy create a contour cutting line?

    thanks mike...
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    Default Re: Starting with laser cutting acrylic - How to easy create a contour cutting line?

    Quote Originally Posted by mwenz View Post
    That's the way I've used for vinyl signs and waterjet cutting. Works well. There's a but...

    In the image below, I've done a contour around a vector version (that I traced from a larger version of the logo), used a 5mm offset, single step contour, no fill with outline. Selected all the nodes with the shape tool except the ones around the tag hole, and for my uses, used a spot color named CutContour for the outline.

    Click image for larger version. 

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Views:	8 
Size:	130.3 KB 
ID:	125392

    Which works fine for vinyl and waterjet cutting. Here's the "But." Depending on how the cutting is being done, the inner corners of the contour may need to be rounded to no smaller than the cutter's diameter unless the cutting software will properly make allowances else those sharp corners may look funky.
    Thanks, I'll try this tomorrow with a fresh brain. How to convert an image into a vector?

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    Default Re: Starting with laser cutting acrylic - How to easy create a contour cutting line?

    How to convert an image into a vector
    Possibly an odd occasion that Xara's trace can help?

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