Received my Pro a couple of days ago, went through all the unboxing, setup and first sample print like everyone… all seems fine and working!
These steps were quite exciting and fun but this is now far from novel stuff to show or discuss…
Still, that Glowforge gift of good measure is so awesome to cut and see turn into reality!!!
So I decided to whip a quick first easy project. Prep some maps and decided to engrave them for a quick gift to my parents. Got inspired by a bunch of “laser engraving maps” video and posts from many of you (after waiting for so long I have many many many things to catch up!)
So Thanks all!
Turned out super nice, maps were extracted from snazzymaps.com with the epilog style but also post manipulated in Paintshop pro to add/remove details. Then I simply imported the artwork as png/bitmap… no conversion to SVG as I only wanted to engrave that part.
I then created a rectangle SVG in Inkscape to cut around the engraved image… (how come we do not yet have simple geometry tools in the Glowforge app???)
Selected Draft Photo as settings and printed on medium draftboard, took 44 minutes and a lot of smoke vented outside (some smoke also escaped the fan push and enclosure… I guess the Glowforge is not 100% airtight… Normal??.. my room was smelly… need to investigate where it’s coming out could be where the vent and the hose meet…)
Very happy of the result for a first try with no custom settings and really no depth/pass/layers complex SVGing… I am sure spending more time on all the above can make it a lot better, adding even some complete hollow holes and background elevation things… but this was the first test!
Let me know what you would do different and if my smoke thing is a “normal” thing.
Not bad for drafboard… should try it on real wood!
- Yes the protective paper is still there except the left side… To me this is not a relaxing/zen/satisfying process so will leave that part for my wife to play with tonight.
- Yes @Jules it needs a stand