Overlapping/Connected Lines and Shapes

When cutting with the laser, two objects cannot share the same line. Similarly, two lines cannot intersect. Let's take a look at a couple examples.

In this example, I have two objects in my nest. As a way to save space, I had them share one side. Seems smart - right? Unfortunately, the laser will not interpret this as I intended. In reality what I have here is two lines on top of each other. I will need to move these objects apart and make sure I have at least 1.5x material thickness between them.  

In this example, I wanted some single lines cut into my shape for detail. I have a couple initials here, with the two letters touching. This is not one continuous line and will not work once sent to the laser-cutter. The laser would need to pierce the point where they meet twice. I will need to add some space between them.

As a rule of thumb, be sure to always scan your design for any lines or shapes that might be touching or overlapping. If you find any that are, give them space – at least 1.5x material thickness apart. This will save you the time and frustration of us asking for a new file.

As always, when saving from Adobe Illustrator, please send us the .ai file. Before you upload your file to us, be sure to go through the pre-flight checklist:

My file is 2D
My file is built at a 1:1 scale
All my type is outlined
I have no open contours
Reversed type has bridges
I have cleaned up all stray points, empty objects and text areas
All my objects are on the same layer
All holes and cutouts are at least 1.5x material thickness
No feature or detail is smaller than 0.010"


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Not sure about your design? Have a question or want advice? Shoot us an email at support@sendcutsend.com. We'll get back to you as soon as we can. The more we can help you, the more it helps us provide you with the best and quickest laser-cut parts.