Well I’ve done a lot with cardstock, and having done so, I have found some optimal settings. Obviously this is only the case with the specific type of cardstock I’ve been using, found here:
Fantastic stuff, if you’re able to find double thick cardstock, buy it! It’s about .017" measured by my calipers. The settings I’ve been using for engraving is:
While for cutting I use:
The engrave settings should work with most cardstock, it’s not really engraving so much as it’s burning the paper a little. It’s also important to note that these are optimal settings under the assumption that the optics of the machine are clean. If the engrave doesn’t turn out as good as you’d hoped, a second pass with the same settings help.
Here’s an example
The cuts are perfect for this thickness of paper, it leaves it slightly connected to the sheet, but it’s easily popped out, it also doesn’t leave any burn marks on the back which is a huge plus
Update: I’ve noticed this still is being referred to now and again, so just wanted to add a couple of things. I didn’t mention it, but I use magnets to hold the paper down, just small flat disc ones. When engraving the paper, if the focus height is off, whether because the measurements are not precise, or because the paper isn’t completely flat, the engrave may not turn out as crisp.
The settings are most optimal when all of the lenses are clean (which is the case for any material ), so just double check to make sure that you have a clean machine before dismissing the settings. It may be the difference of not cutting through and adding more power, then one day cleaning the machine, and using the same high power. Paper is obviously flammable, so use any of these settings, or tweaked settings, at your own risk.
Just be conscientious, and safe when working with new materials