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June '18

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22 a-e-mag.com • A&E JUNE 2018 Step 2. Draw a six-sided symmetrical polygon, 0.528-inch tall by 0.467-inch wide, using the Polygon tool. Do a uni- form fill with R:204 G:204 B:204 (20% black) and set the outline to None. Round over the corners using the Fillet tool set at 0.05-inch radius. Rotate the polygon 30 degrees to square it up for the text. You've just drawn the bolt head, which you can center on the washer. Step 3. Draw a 0.4-inch diameter circle and fill with the Uniform Fill tool with R:186 G:186 B:186. This creates a slight depression in the top. Set the outline at 0.4 point, convert the outline to an object, and set the color of that to R:230 G:230 B:230. This creates a slightly raised ring on the top of the bolt head. Move these details to the center of the bolt head. Step 4. Draw the identifying markings on top of the bolt head. It's these kinds • Save, save, save. Drawing gray- scale relief carving graphics is time-consuming. You don't want to lose a work in progress with an unexpected program or computer shutdown. • Archive. When you get a good graphic, save it in a relief carving graphics folder. You'll reuse much of your work. • Symmetry saves time. For sym- metrical items, you may only have to do half or an even smaller portion. Then you can copy, paste, and mirror. For example, once you have one detailed bird wing drawn, you can copy, paste, mirror, and reposition for the other wing. • Control the depth of cut by changing the brightness value of an entire graphic or its parts. • Avoid using RGB white in the graphic. The laser will not fire in those white areas and they will be annoyingly evident in the finished carving. DRAWING TIPS 1 4 2 5 3 6 Steps one, two, and three of the relief carving project. Steps four, five, and six. Hex bolt relief carving before and after cleaning.

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