Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

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Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

Postby GollyRojer » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:21 pm

I'm making a cut-out name with a base to hold the letters together. The material is 18" x 5" x .75". I tried drawing a straight line open vector across the bottom of the letters, but Aspire won't let me weld them together. Next I tried a rectangle that follows the three outer edges of the material and the bottom of the letters. I welded this to get one big vector (plus the little ones inside the o, e and so forth). I will cut this as an outer profile. What I want to do is tell the machine not to bother following the outer edges of the rectangle which match the edges of the material. How can I prevent the machine from wasting its time following the material's edges?
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Re: Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

Postby stanv77 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:01 pm

Your first attempt is the right idea. You have to convert your text to a curve and then the weld function will work
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Re: Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

Postby Adrian » Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:22 pm

Convert the text to curves, then group it (otherwise you lose the centre of letters like P), select the text and the rectangle then weld.
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Re: Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

Postby GollyRojer » Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:29 pm

I did that before posting, although I did not group the letters. Tried it with grouping, but I still get the same result: my straight line disappears when I click the Weld icon.
For what it's worth, I'm using Aspire 8.5. I wouldn't think that would matter, but it's worth saying.
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Re: Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

Postby mtylerfl » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:07 pm

Hi,

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Re: Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

Postby GollyRojer » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:39 pm

The working area is 5" x 18". At this point, the text has been converted to curves, the letters have all been positioned on or about Y 0.49, they've been grouped together, and a line has been drawn from 0,0.5 to 18,0.5. When I select the letters and the line and click "Weld Selected Vectors" the line disappears.

I also tried welding using a rectangle, which worked, and then using Node Edit to get rid of the left, right and bottom sides. That worked, but when it calculated a profile cut, it was all messed up.
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Re: Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

Postby GollyRojer » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:47 pm

Looks like I've got it. When I used the rectangle and then used delete span to get rid of the 3 sides, I was still using "Outside/Right" for the profile. Once I switched to "On" it appears to have done what I want. Although, I'm going to have to do some tinkering with the position of the letters on the line.
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Re: Don't Cut the Edge of the Material?

Postby GollyRojer » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:18 am

I would like to read any comments you guys have, who downloaded the file. I still don't understand what's going on with welding the line.
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