Apologies if this has been asked and answered somewhere else…
I recently received my GlowForge (Woo Hoo!). I’ve already done a few projects, leaving me with scraps of wood for playing around. (I’ve already give away some awesome door prizes.)
I really like how the proofgrade materials have a QR code (barcode) to automagically configure presets for etching and cutting power levels and for the material’s thickness. I’m currently putting in some of my leftover scraps (for smaller projects) and just dropping in the QR code for quickly presetting the GF.
I recently purchased a bunch of foam boards for prototyping. My idea is to try stuff on inexpensive foam board or poster board first, then move to wood when the prototype looks correct.
On this forum, I saw that someone already posted the settings for the foam board. (Thanks!) https://community.glowforge.com/t/the-optimists-report-craft-foam-stickers-settings/11441
My question is: Is there any tool or option to generate a custom QR code for this material? This way, I won’t have to manually set it each time.
I’m hoping for a very generic solution since I plan to use lots of materials that don’t have a proof barcode. (I want to etch glass, cork board, paper, cardboard, etc.) After I work out the preset settings (or find someone who has already posted them), I want to print out a QR code that I can use to rapidly configure the material.
The current proofgrade QR codes currently decode as “Glowforge:[6 letters]”. Like “Glowforge:A:KAAAD”. What do those letters mean? I’m hoping that they define settings – and not an index into some database that I can’t access directly. If they do reference a database, then can GF consider adding support for more complex QR codes? I’d really like to generate a QR code that effectively says:
This way, I can put in the foamboard, drop in the correct QR code from my little paper rolodex, and go.