Feature requested: "mask" operation

Hello GF team and friends! You know what I would find handy? The ability to import an SVG and use it as a “don’t laser this area” mask. Imagine that SVG as a solid shape, or maybe a picture frame. I’d want to stack it on top of other SVGs already imported, and have the laser exclude anything within the masked area. Today I’m having to screw with aluminum tape and mask over the outside 1/4" edge of a piece of PG, so that the oversized pattern I’m cutting into the PG sheet doesn’t cut all the way to the edge and make the pieces fall apart. You may suggest that I could fix that in illustrator/inkscape, which is partly true but could potentially make for way more work with a complex and detailed pattern. This is the 3rd time I’ve had to use aluminum foil, and it would be a lot easier if I could just make my mask shape in illustrator and then tell the GF to not cut anything under the mask. Thoughts?


That’s a WYSIWYG function. Good suggestion, they’re very popular/handy in cutter software.
(It’s been hopperized for a couple years now, but the votes will add up if enough folks are interested in it.) :slightly_smiling_face:

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This would also be helpful when some pieces don’t cut all the way through and have to be recut. This just happened to me a few minutes ago. I had to delete all of the pieces that were ok. Would have been much easier (and would have preserved my file intact for next time) if I could have masked over them.

It would also be useful to have a masking function for times when the GF stops mid cut. I had overheating issues a while back when the temps hit the 90s. My usual workaround failed and I had to abandon a cut and start over the next morning when it was cooler. Not knowing what would happen if I recut over some areas I just started again with a fresh ceramic tile. It would have been nice to pick up where the orignal cut left off. (Normally I put a bowl of ice near the air intake vent and set up a fan to blow over the ice. That’s only works to 80+ degrees).

Note: I looked on the forum to see if there was a way around this but didn’t find anything. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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Yep, lots of use cases for this.

As well as the “restart” option I’d like it for masking out patterns in the background. If it could be an SVG colour so that was “mask” that would be great.

Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll make sure the team gets them.