You can already do a manual score and set the power/speed to anything you want.
The problem I had was all the proofgrade settings made incredibly deep scores, and I thought it should default to shallow instead, which is why I made the poll and the suggestion that they maybe let you select proofgrade score by depth %.
The color thing could be cool. The only problem I see is that the GFUI has no way of telling a score from a cut when it first loads the file.
I know there has been some looking into getting a plug-in to work to allow you to set job types directly in illustrator. Maybe that will go somewhere useful.
To me, “cut” is a 100% power cut (or in the case of ProofGrade, 100% depth), and “score” is just variable power (or for ProofGrade, variable depth).
It shouldn’t be more difficult than what they already did for engraving… to have an operational toggle of 100% power (“cut”) vs. variable power (“score”). To cut, you’d just say “any non-white path color is now a cut operation”. To power-level score, use the greyscale value.
Engraving is similar already, just for area: you have either a fixed power setting with patterned dither, or engrave based on variable power matched to the greyscale.
Where it really pays of (in terms of scores/cuts) is that now I don’t have to create multiple operations with different power levels on an imported design, if I chose to.
Well currently, Vary Power in a single operation is only supported on engraving, yes. For scores, you can have a (fixed, lower preset) power operation. And you can stack multiple score operations up, each having their own power levels.
What I’ve been describing is having Vary Power in a single, combined score operation.
I can see that working, but only if they change the method for separating operations.
There are containers ( and ) in the SVG format that would allow them to specifically designate something more akin to layers as operations. Then the color of the operation would not matter and could be used to control something like you suggest.
Edited to add: They would need to have an option for “operation by color” (current) and “operation by groups” so that it wouldn’t break all the old design files.
I think it just goes slower to mitigate the acceleration phase. The acceleration distance goes down as a square law.
An easy way to test is to convert it to a manual setting and see if the same settings produce any more corner over burn. It should produce the same result.
If they ramp the power during acceleration why would they not do the same at higher speeds? I.e. why wouldn’t draft mode just be a lighter engrave?
The way the laser PWM is encoded in the waveform it should be very easy to ramp the power proportional to speed. I have no idea why they are not doing that and didn’t do it from day one. It’s pretty standard with diode lasers.