The Glowforge team recommends working through your first prints by following along with the examples shown here to learn where everything is:
That particular page is also handy if you have any problems to Troubleshoot and you can access it by clicking on the Support button in the app.
Once you have run through the sample prints, some of the customers have put together some handy Tips sheets and a lot of tutorials in the Tips and Tricks section of the forum.
Some good ones to start with:
The Trace Tool in the Glowforge User Interface can be used to scan printed artwork for engraving, and to create cut lines around the artwork, or inside the artwork, by clicking with the mouse.
There are a couple of ways to do things with the Trace Tool.
(I’m going to borrow one of Glowforge’s freebies to demonstrate since my drawing skills are non-existent. I printed this airplane out - pretend it’s hand drawn.)
Procedure To Scan a Physical Drawing and Add Cut Lines:
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Keyboard Shortcuts and Maneuvering in the Interface:
Copy (Select item)… CTRL/CMD + C
Paste (Select item)… CTRL/CMD + V
Undo … CTRL/CMD + Z
Delete (Select item) … Press the Delete key on the keyboard.
Update on Delete: After the Autosave Settings Saver migration on 01/08/2018, if you delete a part or item from your file it will stay gone when you close it. The next time you open the file, it will not be there.
If you …
So by now, everyone who has gotten an early machine has experienced having their object placements using the lid camera be off at one time or another. That’s likely going to continue until the folks at Glowforge tighten things down on their end.
(Not going to lie to you, it could take multiple months. It has taken a minimum of four to six months with every single machine I’ve ever gotten involved with testing on. If you don’t want to deal with it and haven’t received your machine yet - just …
It’s soooooo easy to create files easily in programs like Illustrator, Inkscape, CorelDraw and Affinity Designer if you understand what the Glowforge interface sees when it looks at your file.
(Think of this as a last batch of Tips and Tricks, then I’ll quit bugging you.)
I’m going to demo in Illustrator again, but the same things will be done in whatever program you choose to use for your designs.
If you have questions about specifics for other kinds of drawing and modeling software, …
For All Programs:
If you want to engrave a bitmap (raster) style image and include it inside a vector SVG file, you need to Embed the image in the file if you want it to stay aligned inside the SVG file. Otherwise you will need to re-load the raster file and use the camera to align it visually.
(That’s fine, but it’s going to be less accurate than lining them up the way you want them in the design software.)
There are instructions for how to Embed raster images for some of the main 2D vecto…