3D engrave Am I missing something


#1

Is there a “3D Engrave” option in the menu? I’m not seeing one. I only see menu options for:

Graphic
Dark Graphic
Photo
Light Engrave
Dark Engrave

Is one of these intended to be 3D Engrave or am I missing an option. Have tried with multiple file types


#2

The 3d Engrave is only available with some proofgrade materials. Like draftboard.


#3

Of course, you can do a form of 3D engraving on other materials by using the vary power print.


#4

I think 3d does not work well with plywood. You can copy the setting from hardwood but it doesn’t work well.


#5

Looks like it shows up as an option for acrylics, draftboard and the hardwoods.


#6

And you can fake it on limestone. :wink::wink:


#7

Thanks! I used some PG acrylic and the 3D engrave option showed up.


#8

I understand they can’t guarantee results for anything but Proofgrade but … that is unfortunate. It would be nice to have 3d Engrave with manual settings for max power, etc.


#9

Manual, variable, 0-Full.


#10

When using manual settings, it’s the “Vary power” option for grayscale images.


#11

But is that the same as “3d Engrave?” I thought the 3d setting had some
special sauce.

(Everything I know comes just from reading the forum, I don’t have my unit
yet.)


#12

As far as I know all Proofgrade settings are simply presets for the manual options. When you have something configured to use a Proofgrade setting you can switch it to manual settings and the fields will be populated with settings corresponding to the previously-selected Proofgrade option.

For example, if I have something set to 3D Engrave on Proofgrade Medium Basswood Hardwood:

And then I switch it from Proofgrade to Manual:

I end up with these manual settings:

Note that if I had any other Proofgrade option selected (Photo, Graphic, etc.) then I’d end up with different manual settings when following these steps.

As far as I can tell there’s no difference between using the Proofgrade settings and the equivalent manual settings.


#13

That makes sense, thanks!


#14

Our design team works to create great presets for all of our Proofgrade materials. Since materials react differently to engraving, some materials have different options available than others. @Jules posted the Proofgrade materials that have 3D engraving available so far.


#15