I’m having some challenges with engraving since moving my unit to a new place in my house and on a new table. I had previously just had my unit on an Ikea LACK side table, which worked fine, it was the right size. It was a bit low so I would just have to sit down in a chair to watch it. Been using my machine (I’m now on a second machine, which was a replacement unit from the first that started having serious issues back in November).
I moved the machine into my basement studio space, and its now on a much more suitable work bench from Harbor Freight. Its a solid wood, HEAVY work bench and there is no issues with it being level. The depth of the work bench is not quite as deep as the depth of the machine, but both sets of “legs” on the bottom of the machine ARE very securely on the table, it just the front couple of inches off the front of the machine that come off the edge of the table; the machine is still very securely sitting on the table.
My engraves are not coming out as cleanly as they were before, despite using the exact same settings, and the exact same materials that I previously used. I’m primarily using extruded mirror acrylic (etched from the back) and the 2 tone 1/8" engravable plastic from Inventables. I have done prints with both materials, with the same settings, prior to moving the unit and had no issue. I’m now noticing that the engrave areas aren’t engraving as cleanly anymore, I can see engrave lines where its ablated material away and I didn’t have this before.
I did NOT perform a recalibration on the machine after moving it, but I DID run the test pattern and could confirm that it appears to be accurate. I’m not having any cut through issues or cuts seemingly being off from what the camera says.
I am not really sure what to do here; I had these settings dialed in and they have been working fine for almost an entire year so I’m nonplussed why I’m having issues now since moving the unit. It might not have anything to do with the moving of the unit, but its the only new variable. I’m using the same engrave settings, material thickness, focus height, speed, power and LPI as I always have.