Splitting vectors across multiple art boards for tool box foam

Hello every one Iv run in to a wall here. I’m tracing my tools to make a foam inserts for my tool boxes. Some of my tools span longer than one art board in illustrator so when I save as or export as a SVG I check the use artboards box so it splits the tracings of my tools. Upon viewing the SVG files they seem to do what I want but when it is uploaded to glowforge the whole tracing is there not the split up one you can see this in the files I uploaded the long rectangle is for a level. Its split up on the artboards and in the SVG files but not when it gets uploaded in the glowforge UI.

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try saving as a PDF instead.

I just gave that a try its a no go. It still combines the slices.

i wasn’t sure it would work, but it was worth a try.

honestly, since they’re all cut lines, you’ll probably have to split them up manually. it looks like it’s only the one piece that runs across artboards, so i would create the three separate objects that cut off the edge of the foam.

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I’m kind of new to illustrator could you give me a few pointers? What tool would I use to cut at the artboard?

Once broken up (Break apart in Inkscape) you can assign a different color to each group that you want to act differently,

I’m not really familiar with inkscape any idea how i would do this in illustrator?

I’m not familiar with Illustrator but I’m sure there is a similar command.

Unfortunately, artboards aren’t actual geometry in AI so they don’t cut anything except as a visual effect. The tools you’re looking for are Pathfinder and Shapebuilder.


Just curious of you will be cutting Kaizen Foam from Fast Cap.

I’m actually cutting Harbor freight foam floor tiles . https://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-anti-fatigue-foam-mat-set-94635.html

Oh no, I’m sorry you’ve hit a snag.

Unfortunately, this question is outside our team’s scope. I’ve moved it to the Beyond the Manual so the discussion can continue there.





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not sure how tight your tolerances & how deep your foam will be, but maybe consider adding some thumb-holes for easier tool extraction?


yes I will probably be doing that as some of the panels I already cut the tools are a bit hard to get out

thumb holes are a cleaner look than the old paint-can key on a lanyard!

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