I already filed this will support:
So coming from the CAD/CAM world, 3D printing and CNC Machining, the glowforge has some weird bed-locating behavior. Yes, it is really cool to throw some wood or acrylic in and drag a job to match wherever you put your piece.
But for repeated work jobs (say dog tags, where I might build a jig to hold 10 of them perfectly aligned to the bed, then have a document where I have 10 text blobs to engrave on them) I want to be able to hard-specify the origin point and dimensions. In other words I want to have a document that has templates on it where you specify the bottom left of the bed to a known point (yes I realize the GF bed is not as solidly held like a CNC wasteboard is but it should be pretty precise – or at least as good as optically dragging on a web page!).
Then when you load the job there would be a checkbox with “Set to known 0,0 origin” or something that would fix the jobs to be identically placed.
This would allow batch workflows with high precision.@Dan can we load this into the hopper?
As an example from the CNC world, when I got my PocketNC CNC mill, they also include a fusion 360 model of the bed/vice so you place everything relative to that in your modeling, and then you know exactly where in real-space your job will machine.
There are ways to work around this, but this would make way more sense for repeated jobs.