changing a dashed line into series of independent small lines

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Hi - I am trying to turn a dashed line into a series of small independent lines (where each dash is an independent line) for use on a laser cutter. Cant remember how to do this...

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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I opened a thread on this topic some time ago, but still have too much to do at the moment to continue it.


But here you can find some very good options  -->

Adobe Illustrator Forum | [JS] [Action] Split or break a dashed line into separate (real) lines by s...

 

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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So Expand Appearance and then Expand don't get you what you want?

Maybe a before and after sample might help me understand.

 

EDIT: Ah, when you say LINES, you specifically mean STROKES. The above will give you a series of narrow fills, not strokes, my bad.

 

EDIT 2: Kurt Gold's Dash Nipper at the link above definitely works, but as he says, I find I do have to reload it if I quit Illy.

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Met1,

 

the latest version of the Dash Nipper action should work without having to reload it after quitting and restarting Illustrator. And the scripts provided in pixxxelschubser's thread do work pretty well as well.

 

Apart from that, I'm afraid that pixxxelschubser is so incredibly busy, such that he may never have the time to try out all the approaches presented so far.

 

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Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022

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Cool, thanks Kurt.

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