Engaving on Canvas


#1

Educators

My Pro arrived about 2 weeks ago. I waited for its table to arrive during our first week together and we built an exhaust unit during the second. I am preparing for 2 back to back trade shows that start in 3 weeks and I don’t have the time to play that I wish I did.

I need a couple of signs for the shows and decided to try etching them on my Glowforge - mostly because I can and I desperately wanted to try making something on it.

Armed with 8"X10" inch Canvas Panels from the Dollar Store - I went at it and was thrilled with the results. So thrilled, I decided my 4 color laser printer is “so 2017” that I should engrave the rest of the signs I need as well .

I created my art in Illustrator.

While I was going through all of the steps to convert my text to outlines or paths I decided the steps were not necessary if I was only “engraving”. All I really had to do was save the design in a bit mapped format rather than a vector.

Knowing that I didn’t want to carry a background into the engrave I saved my file as a .png. instead of .jpg . This method allowed me to preserve my transparent background which is not possible when using a .jpg.

I then opened the .png in Illustrator and then saved the file again - this time as an svg with the .png embedded.

I uploaded the svg for the Glowforge, set it to go and waited a modest 34 minutes for the process to complete.

Settings I used for canvas:
Unknown material with a depth of .125
Speed: 1000
Power: 50
Pattern Density: 50
LPI: 225
Focus .125

Although I meant to mask the canvas before I started to engrave - I forgot and in this instance - no charring or darkening occurred.


#2

Nice!


#3

Quite a success! Congratulations! :grinning:


#4

Power?


#5

Yes Power - sorry. I edited the correction into the original.


#6

The engraving looks great on canvas. Hope the rest of your signs turn out just as wonderful, and best of luck at the trade shows!


#7

This looks lovely! I am hoping to do some Glowforging on canvas. Happy to find this post!


#8

I used these settings on some canvas tote bags. Looks great but it made the canvas too thin for use as a bag. It just tears apart. (Albeit, I am using some cheap canvas totes that are pretty thin to begin with). These are the settings I used for the canvas bags and they came out great.

Settings I used for canvas:
Unknown material with a depth of .125
Speed: 1000
Power: 20
LPI: 125
Focus .125


#9

I’m traveling this week and you really captured my interest as the canvas bags may be a solution to an issue I need to resolve. Any chance for a photo?

Linda

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