In this Instructable, we will lay out a crab candleholder and do a few shape-related tricks in CorelDraw to make it stand up and nest properly.
Step 1: Lay out the vector shape in Corel and set up the workspace
Step 2: Measure your material
Note that the kerf and line width of the laser cut will depend on both your machine and your focal point, so this step often requires a little trial and error before you go into production mode. It took me two test cuts with the crab to get it "just right". To save material, you can do the next step with a small square of material rather than your large design.
Here we have around .2" thickness for this plywood with a nice veneer finish on both sides.