First print issues

Hello. I am doing my first ever print doing to the gift of good measure on the medium draft board as the manual tells you. It is not printing at all where I placed it in the app. It is several inches closer to the front than where I placed the image. Not sure how to attach a photo here so here are 3 links. One is of the placement on laptop and the other two are the machine. Thanks for any advice.

I think maybe you’re confused by the parts of the material the camera doesn’t show. There’s always a strip along the top and left side that don’t show on the screen, because the laser head can’t reach them. It looks to me like it cut right where it was supposed to.

The best way to see how well your cut aligned is to look at the screen after the job is finished and before you open the lid. At that stage you can see your design superimposed over the actual cut. :slight_smile:


Ok great thank you. It is all new to me. I will try something else and then check that. Thank you!

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I also do a manual focus in the location that I wish to print before placing my image.

How do I do a manual focus? Are there tutorial videos that I missed? Thx

Use the Set Focus tool at the location where you want to place your artwork. It optimizes the fisheye camera correction to that spot to give you the best visual placement there.

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Oh no! I’m sorry you’ve hit a snag. Welcome to the forum and thank you for including photos of the trouble you’re experiencing!

Thanks for the assist @geek2nurse, that’s right!

Your Glowforge bed can accommodate materials measuring 18 x 20.4”. Your Glowforge has a maximum printable area of approximately 11″ (279 mm) deep and 19.5″ (495 mm) wide, and it’s reduced somewhat when the laser operates at high speed, as it can take space for the laser to decelerate.

This means not all of the bed is displayed, or available to be printed on, so there will always be about an inch of space on the left. This material can be reused as scrap later for small pieces. For example, a lot of customers use small pieces of scrap to print these pins available in the free laser design section: Honeycomb bed holdown pins

Would you let us know if you have any additional concerns?

It looks like the issue is resolved, that’s great! I’m going to go ahead and close this thread. Please don’t hesitate to reach out again should you have any other questions or concerns. We’re happy to help!