Dear Sir or Madam,
I am running LIGHTBURN version 0.9.09 on MacOS 10.15.3 (Catalina).
I want to cut small hexagonal tiles from acrylic sheet with the shortest cut time possible. All the shapes are touching and no material is wasted between shapes. I want all the edges cut exactly once with no unnecessary laser movements.
I experimented with various ways to create the design, and I experimented with various optimization settings and checked the cut path with preview. After a lot of work (about two days) I never got close to what I was looking for.
I decided to compare the cut path I was getting for hexagons to what I would get if I was just cutting simple squares.
If I were cutting out squares from a sheet of acrylic I would make all the vertical cuts first and then I would make all the horizontal cuts. The first vertical cut would start at the top, cutting downward and next vertical would start at the bottom, cutting upward. This avoids traversing the entire height of the work between cuts. Similarly the horizontal cuts would alternate cutting right and left.
Each square would have each edge cut exactly once and there would be no unnecessary travel to get to the start of the next cut.
I create a 4 x 4 grid of squares using the grid tool and used preview to take a look at the cutting path for various optimization setting. None of them produced a cutting path similar to what I had in mind.
I would like to see the hexagons cut path be similar to the square cut path described above. Vertical cuts would be continuous zig-zag type lines and horizontal lines would be interrupted straight lines.
Is there any way to get the type of cutting path I’m looking for?
By the way I watched the tutorial video on the Cut Planner and it is excellent.