This instructable is to explain how to go from something you made a drawing off on Autodesk Inventor to CorelDRAW so you can laser cut it.  I found the first time I did this, it was not at all straight forward.  I still have not found a file format that will go straight from Inventor to CorelDRAW without an intermediate program.  

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Step 1: Start with a drawing in Inventor

Create a drawing in Autodesk Inventor.  Make the paper size the same size as the material you will be cutting from.  In this case, it is 24x4 inches.  Delete the border and title box Inventor puts on the drawing by default.
Thanks for the hints. I will give that a try next time I laser cut something.
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<p>Save yourself a ton of work. Create a 2D Inventor drawing of your 3D Inventor part. Select &quot;Save Copy As&quot;, and select .DXF (drawing exchange format) and select AutoCAD 2000 as the version type. It will read directly into CorelDRAW as hairlines. DONE!</p>

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