I’m working on a custom image press that has male and female halves. A sheet of material will be placed between them and the two halves will be pressed together, embossing the image onto the material.
I can easily make the male and female halves that fit together exactly. Just make a copy of the male design, insert it into a blank soon-to-be-female block, and then use a boolean difference to remove the male.
BUT that doesn’t account for the thickness of the material that I want to insert between them. So I need to male piece to be scaled down a smidge. The scale and scale2d commands don’t seem to work because they MOVE the locations of the image. I want the objects on the male block to be smaller IN THE EXACT SAME PLACE they currently occupy. More accurately, their center would be in the same place and their height and edges would be contracted a bit from where they originally were.
Is there a way to do that?