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Post Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:23 pm

Wavy line for etch window design

Hi all having a few problems in creating this file, its probably quite simple but not for me, please could I have some help. the design needs to be like this but only 3 wavy lines taking up around 730mm and to include 5mm gaps, thanks for looking rich
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Post Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:06 pm

I would be doing it in corel like this.

Measure one complete wave cycle, height and width.
draw a box this size
draw a horizontal line at the bottom of the box and a center vertical guide line
Convert the horizontal to a curve, and add a node in the middle.
Drag the center node to the top and you should now have one wave line to cut, paste, and weld to form the pattern.

If all else fails, a sharp scalpel and a steady hand should see you right...... :lol1:
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Post Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:56 pm

This is symmetrical Richard, Just repeat as necessary, stretch or squash it, the expand stroke to 5mm.
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Post Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:39 pm

Hi Ian thanks but nothing when I open the file mate? any ideas Rich
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Post Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:41 pm

Sorry mate opened in flexi Thanks Rich

That perfect many thanks Rich will post when job complete !
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Post Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:25 pm

Think its worked out well I think !
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Post Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:23 pm

looks good, glad you got sorted :D
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Post Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:06 pm

In Flexi you can just draw a rectangle and use the wave distortion effect.
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Post Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:45 pm

You can also do it in Illustrator using the zig-zag filter and smooth points. When you
are happy with the look, expand the path to give a cuttable vector.
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Post Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:16 pm

In Corel;
Make a rectangle the width of of one curve plus half of another either side, say 500mm X 10mm.
Convert to curves
Click shape tools (2nd icon down)
Select nodes and press the green 'add nodes; icon on the top toolbar - nodes will be added exactly halfway
Select all nodes and change to curves
Select the middle two and with the control key pressed and drag up or down to the required height.
With object selected press the + key
Hold the control key and from the middle left node drag to the right - your duplicated object will have a reflection to the right. You can repeat this as often as required.
Select both objects and weld
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Post Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:53 pm

Brilliant, thank Alan. Trying to work that out for ages, so simple.
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Post Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:39 pm

...and my thanks to Jamie. Have been doing it a long-winded way in Illustrator until now.

Learn something new every day...

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Post Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:12 pm

Thanks so much to all that have helped, install on Tuesday next week, soon as I have more time I will have a go at the corel option thanks again Rich :D :D :D
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Post Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:49 pm

Well just a quick update, fitted this today as per customer spec, very happy with result, thanks again Rich
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Post Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:52 pm

:appl:
very wavey,
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Post Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:56 pm

looks great Rich, well done mate.
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Post Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:02 pm

Looks great Rich, real classy.
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Post Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:32 am

Looks good Rich.

In X5 there is a 3point curve tool which is a doddle to use for this kind of thing too. Creates the curve in a single operation.

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Post Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:13 am

Thanks Guys, Gary I have X3, flexisign and Signlab but I could not get my hear round the line having to be completely symmetrical , the width of this is around 930mm now and had to cut on 610 plotter, with the gap that small I had no room for error and even when fitting it had to be spot on! Now I have more time I can start to experiment with creating the line so thanks again everyone for your help Rich
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Post Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:46 pm

That looks really smart Rich.
Did you fit each stripe individually?
Wet or dry?
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Post Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:19 pm

Peter thanks I did this in bands of 2 app taped together. Set laser for top line and fitted the 2 bands wet and worked along complete length, then went back to start and applied the other 2 bands wet again, one run was just over 4 meters and was a bit tricky. I didn't trim in between glass joints until all applied so as to make sure when looking down the lines matched up.
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Post Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:31 pm

No problem removing the app tape after wet application then?
Yep, I that would need some care to get the 2nd set equal gap.
I expect you'll be back in a year to replace bits that people pick at.
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Post Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:02 pm

Peter I have found that wet application using just water works well with etch NO soap, even quicker than rapid tac 2 .
Dont think it will get damaged as this is for the 2 directors in each office, yes big offices .

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