What is the best way to use the glowforge without the crumb tray? How do I measure to find out the focus height and any other things I may need to do?
The maximum distance for the laser to focus is 1/2 inch (.5). So with the crumbtray removed, you will need raise your material to within that 1/2 inch window.
The item you are engraving must be within the 1/2" focus range of the Glowforge. With the honeycomb tray out, the surface to be engraved must be between 1.5" and 2" from the floor of the Glowforge. Many items must be elevated off the floor to be in range of the laser. This handy tool will show you when you are in the right spot. No-Math Focus Ruler
… or you can just measure it directly.
I almost always use set focus anymore…takes all that math away as long as you’re in the ballpark!!
If you do a search on “cutting without the crumb tray” you’ll find lots of good advice.
I would like to thank everyone for there advice