I’ve noticed a lot of people complaining about alignment issues, and I’ve had my own series of troubles. So I thought of a way that could solve part of the problem.
The top camera is nice for getting a full-bed image, but we all know the difficulty in getting that to work out on a smaller scale. So what if to augment the full-bed image, we could select an area for a higher resolution view and the GF uses the tracing camera to do a pass over that area? Most times, if I can get a reference point within a square inch or so then the rest of the design self-references and everything is fine. Rarely would the area need to be very big, so the extra set-up time wouldn’t be THAT bad.
This is especially important when we’re engraving on a separate thing, and not just doing the whole project out of one sheet. Often times, the thing we’re engraving on is expensive and you only get one shot. (I just wasted a $20 part because the alignment was off, and that’s even AFTER using a dummy blank to test alignment. I’m still trying to unpack what caused that, so not blaming GF for it yet.)