Hi, my GFUI gives this view… I can’t see the top of my material or the left side regardless of how far in I place my material. Is this normal or should it be visible for me to see where my design sits?
Also when opening a svg file… something the GFUI places it somewhere where it is not visible on the bed and there no way to move it onto the bed or is there?
First of all, welcome to the new users! You are going to have so much fun with your machine.
To get the most out of it and avoid frustration with things not working as you may expect, it would probably be a good idea to check out some of the tutorials in the Glowforge Tips and Tricks section. You can find an index to them here:
And be sure you’ve used the HAND icon to position the crumb tray image to align to 0,0, and not solid grey bars showing. Sometimes I think I have the ARROW active to move the artwork, and my work area goes astray because I had the hand selected which moves the work space relative to the GFUI…
This is particularly problematic with the DXF files generated by Fusion 360. Non-intuitively, use manual scaling or else the dimensions will be wrong. And, even then, your design will end up WAY off the page somewhere usually down and to the left of the page.
I’ve found it’s actually better to design within an 11.5 x 19 work-space as that is as large as you will actually be able to cut despite the advertised bed size being 12x20. I realize it is true that the bed will accept material at 12x20 but you won’t ever be able to cut that size… unless there is a trick I’m not aware off.
My reason for suggesting that wasn’t arbitrary. You’ll see the 12x20 suggestion pop up fairly often… but the reason was stated quite a while back (Jan 2017).
Here’s the original post behind it:
Also, it’s been noted that in cases where a program creates a unitless SVG file (which does happen), this allows the UI to properly scale the artwork. You can actually use any 3x5 aspect ratio, but 12x20 is easy to remember and design to.
Thanks for the help in this thread, everyone! I’m glad to see that you were already able to resolve the problem with your artwork loading out of the printable area. As for the area of the bed that you see in the app, I’ll expand slightly upon what’s been mentioned already: the maximum printable area is 11 x 19.5”, and it’s reduced somewhat when the laser operates at high speed (when engraving, for instance), as it can take space for the laser to decelerate.
Could you please let me know if you’re still having trouble with this?