You’ll find that each Glowforge has it’s unique imaging profile. So your results, for example, will likely be different from mine, which will me different from @csader’s and so on. The differences may be slight or significant. Looking at your results above it appears you’re within spec. That’s not to say it’s not annoying. It is! But it doesn’t look like anything is wrong with your unit. Just a guess, but you’ll probably get a pasted response from Support saying “…we’re making improvements to accuracy…” And they are. I’m not saying it’s a cop out or something. They really are working on it. I’m just saying that if you’re worried, you probably don’t need to. It looks okay from here.
You can find tips on how to compensate for your specific imaging profile throughout the forum. (I’m sure somebody will post a link or two.) Should help you out while Glowforge gets accuracy… accurate.
Yah, I figured it would be the case. Just posting to show that it’s likely a common problem among other units. It seems to be a lateral shift only, not vertical. Just a shift to the left and not the right. I guess I can just push my graphics towards the right side to avoid this issue.
Perhaps it has been mentioned before, but where alignment is critically important, I set the job up completely, then run it on scrap cardboard to see exactly where it will land on the material on the bed in order to do the actual job on the material I am intending to use.
I’m guessing it’s not going to be that simple. Try a small test on crap material in each corner of your bed. That’ll show you the differences you can expect throughout the bed. You’ll likely find a variance in Y as well as X.
it looks like you are manually selecting proofgrade material settings. Are these scraps of proofgrade material?
I can’t really tell from the pictures, do there have masking on them?
if these are not masked proofgrade, have you measured their thickness and entered that into the manual settings?
I noticed on the first one that the material was not yet selected.
what browser are you using?
If the Glowforge thinks the material is thinner than it actually is, it will display the material larger on screen than it really is. Being in the center lessens that distortion, but does not eliminate it.
Also, Safari is known to have issues when scaling.
They are not proofgrade materials and I have measured them with a digital caliper (.065"), I don’t have masking on them since the bits would be very small in the end and they will be combined with other woods for inlays on work, the masking would be a pain!
I had cut this pattern before and I wanted to test it to show so I hadn’t selected materials before the cut.
If you did not enter the 0.065" measurement in the Unknown Materials box at the top of the thumbnail column your lid camera was focused incorrectly, and that can introduce errors (big ones) in the pink Placement Preview.
That might be what you are seeing. Make sure you enter the correct material thickness for anything other than Proofgrade materials with a sticker.
My complete SWAG (scientific wild-ass guess) on this is that there is a disparity in material thickness causing at least part of the issue. I suspect that if you have not selected a material, that the thickness defaults to 0. Proofgrade veneer, masked, measures 0.0385.
The material thickness (not the focus height for an operation) must be accurately specified to get a correctly-sized image of the material.
Also, even if you enter the correct thickness, any little bit of debris on or under the crumb tray, or if it’s not sitting perfectly flat in its grooves, can cause alignment issues. The camera dewarping is very sensitive to height, and height is measured from where the top of the crumb tray is supposed to be.
These two settings aren’t quite the same, @au.eric… @Jules is correct that entering accurate thicknesses for “unknown” materials is critical to maximizing placement accuracy. The focus adjustments for each operation will change the laser output, but are not used for placement/preview.