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Etch an image?

Question asked by Galin McMahon on Jun 15, 2017
Latest reply on Oct 20, 2017 by Lee Weston

Hello!  New SolidWorks user here.  Am using to create 2D drawings to cut sheets of metal with laser.  We mostly do through-cuts but we've started doing more art projects that require additional methods.

 

I'm tasked with doing a drawing that the client would like a good portion of the surface to be etched.  I've seen a lot of Q&As and tutorials about etching lines (particularly for text) but haven't been able to find anything for etching an actual image.  I would think that it would make more sense to do a series of very narrow lines so that there is visible texture.  So that's really a 2 part question: How would you set the lines to only scratch the surface and how would you create multiple lines inside a shape?  For example, consider a yin-yang where the white is untouched and the black is represented by these etched lines.

 

I'll follow up but thanks in advance.

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