Last night I did a quick experiment that I pondered about early on after the purchase. It seemed like the Glowforge would be able to act like a scroll saw sort of, and trace seemed interesting gimic without use.
At a garage sale I saw an old book of scroll saw patterns. It hit me (and a confused wife as to what the heck I was talking about), that I could use “trace” on one of the image patterns in the book, then put a piece of something in the machine.
So did that…
And this pattern, just randomly picked:
I put in and tried the trace for the first. The scan was great, and the ability to exclude extra lines came in handy as things are a big tight on the pages. It also grabbed the appropriate lines for engrave.
I didn’t want to waste material on an experiment, and also wanted to try the precision settings on a cue card. Ended up with this:
-trace works great on these very well defined black on white lines
-interface on the exclusion page I found a bit confusing , maybe next I should do a tutorial first…
-1000/1 setting on cue card for engrave did nothing I had to go to 1000/5 to even get the light engrave
-cut had to go to 500/10 to finally cut. Took a bunch of attempts of bumping up till it finally went through.
- trace needs some development. I cannot rotate a trace , and I would like to maybe treat the engrave as a score or cut
-also ability to export for further processing in another program would be nice.
Either way excited to be able to do quick ornaments for a Christmas show coming up. I may photo copy the images I want so I can rotate them as opposed to rotating the piece. Also I could not rotate the book as it can only fit one way in the machine.