trying to make a pattern and want to delete everything that exists outside of a chosen section of a shape/mask.
it's easy to do visually but then when exported the hidden lines remain part of the file. it's going into a laser cutter so i need to keep it as vectors (can't flatten) but also for everything outside of the shape to be gone gone gone!
sorry if this is a really nooby question i just cant quite figure it out! so far i'm just having to go line by line cutting it at the right point, which is just rather time consuming.
file attatched :)
basically i have this:
and need to turn it into this: