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
Pattern Density: 50
Although I meant to mask the canvas before I started to engrave - I forgot and in this instance - no charring or darkening occurred.