Not sure if this belongs here or Beyond the Manual… feel free to move it if need be.
I have seemed to run into a bit of a snag getting high contrast with my clear acrylic lately and I am not sure what has changed. It has been a bit since I did any acrylic engraving but my previous engraves were an opaque white and very high contrast. Now they are more or a transparent white and not as high contrast.
I have tried my luck with both Proofgrade and non-proofgrade acrylic. Both are cast, not extruded. I have tried nearly every combination of settings I can think of. I have tried raster images, vector images, vary power, and they all seem to produce the same results. Anyone have any ideas?
Here are a few pictures…
This first picture is how the engraves used to turn out.
And here is a comparison between the numerous tries I made on my GF and a quick burn my buddy did on his GCC 30w CO2. His is the eagle in the middle of the frame, which is the contrast I need to create.
I have tried lpi from 225 to 675. The setting my buddy burned at are 100% speed and 40 power @600 dpi. His LPI is set to auto so I am not exactly sure what it is.
The weird thing is, when u look at the acrylic up close, the burn resembles more of that frosted glass look u see in bathrooms. It has texture to it like little dimples rather than smooth lines. My buddy’s engrave on the other hand is smooth and his depth is minimal.
Yep, same acrylic and all cast. I had the same thought, which is part of the reason I took the acrylic and tried in my friends. In doing so, his laser produced the results we knew it would and also confirmed it was cast not extruded. His burn is the nice white eagle in my original post which I am trying to recreate.
Perhaps this is the case. However, the eagle in my original post that I burned using my friend’s laser was in focus. So if the changes are more accurate then it should produce the same results as his, I would think.
I extracted the logs to investigate the issue, and I was able to find your design file. I printed the design on Medium Clear Acrylic using the Draft Graphic, SD Graphic, and HD Graphic settings respectively.
Do any of these prints show the outcome you are looking for?
If so, please try the corresponding Proofgrade setting on Proofgrade acrylic. If the outcome doesn’t seem to match what I’ve printed here, please send me a photo of the print and the date and time of your print.
Not yet. Work has kept me fairly busy. I did some quick none proofgrade stuff today so I didn’t get an accurate comparison. It will be about a week before I have the chance to do the comparisons now sadly.