Waiting in line to cut a luggage tag with the Glowforge at the Seattle Maker Faire, I started to think about generation loss—when you make a copy of a copy of a copy and the quality diminishes. It happens on photocopies, it happened on cassette tapes, and it occured to me that I could make it happen on my Glowforge!
I want to make a drawing, scan it with the GF camera, engrave that onto a material, scan that engraving, engrave it onto new material, scan that, and so on. What will it turn in to? How many generations before smoke and other artifacts create new art from the original?