Hello fellow forgers! I hope those of you with your lasers are happily cutting away. I have a bit of a challenge here. I’m making a square picture frame. In order to optimize material usage, I don’t want to cut the frame as one continuous piece; I’d rather break it into four segments that can be assembled into a square. And I’d like those segments to be identical, so that any piece can fit in any one of the four positions. The problem is, I don’t know how to create that kind of uniformity in Inkscape or Illustrator.
If I do it by hand, things are inevitably just a bit off. I can free-hand a “jigsaw-fit” connection and copy that three times, so that the shape of the interface between the pieces is the same. But getting those to be positioned exactly in the right spot so that all four pieces match is beyond my abilities at this point.
Here’s an example. In this case, I only divided the frame into two pieces just to save time and to illustrate what I’m trying to accomplish. Any ideas?