Just fooling around with some crappy waste matboard to see if I can get a nice bevel on a custom cut. Turns out I can! Not perfect, and the cut edge is dark instead of light, but very usable. This is the first iteration, I already know of some changes I want to make on the next try, but thought you’d like to see:
It’s hard to see the bevel in the photo, but it does look pretty cool. This one is shallower than the standard 45 degrees, that’s easy to fix. I’m planning on putting together a step by step for Illustrator/Photoshop if there is interest. Meanwhile, here’s the settings I used for this one (standard .05" mat board):
Engrave 3 passes at power 100, speed 1000, 270 LPI, map grays to power from 10%, .05" focus height. Do one more pass at the same settings except map grays from 0%. Cut settings: power 100, speed 250, 1 pass, .05"
Total time required for this roughly 5 by 6 inch opening in an 8x10 board was over 2.5 hours. I did not mask the board, by the way.
Here is the SVG file I used: Mat board.svg.zip (71.7 KB)