Ok hive mind, got a question I haven’t been able to solve, could be there isn’t a native solution. This falls in both SU and LO territory, but here it is.
How might you go about creating just the outline of a model, so it could be a vector path in LayOut? Take this tasty cupcake, let’s say I wanted to print it out on paper, but then send the outline path of it to a laser cutter or other cnc type machine. I’ve done this, but had to create the outline manually. Is there a better way to do it?
Things I’ve tried…
Manually tracing the outline in LO to create the path. Works fine, takes time, especially for complex models.
Exploding the SU model in LO into its line work and trying to work from there. This is messy, the line work explodes in unpredictable ways and requires a lot of cutting and joining. It’s sometimes easier to trace.
Create a style in SU that is pure black and white, export that image to something like Illustrator to run a trace of the outline, create the path, import that path into LO and line it up with your image. Convoluted, but possible and could be streamlined to make it work quickly.
Export the same b/w image and use a plugin like bmptrace to create SU geometry that could then be vectorized in LO. In theory this might work, for me, I haven’t been able to get that extension working correctly so haven’t been able to make it work.
Anyone have other ideas? It may just be that there isn’t a native solution to this, but could be an extension or something I’m not thinking of, plus the community is so much smarter. Hope the explanation make sense.