I had a small project I needed to work on for a family member and I ended up needing to use the pass through. My camera alignment, like many others is never in the right place so I thought I would go ahead and create a ruler to help with the placement of the design for cutting as well and to use for manual indexing for the pass through.
There is a left ruler and two connecting top rulers. This let’s me estimate the horizontal and vertical position of my pieces relative to my cutting bed.
So zero, zero closely corresponds to zero, zero in the GUI.
The right ruler is there mainly for me to align material close to the 19.5 in mark so I can cut close to the edge. ( it is slightly skinner than the left ruler, at least for my GF ).
Either left or right ruler can be used for manual indexing.
These designs have zero kerf and can easily be adjusted.
The rulers are completely numbered unlike the picture of my prototype.
Left and right ruler are the same width, so it will overlap with the cut area.
Good for pass through alignment.GlowforgeRulerGuide.ai (1.1 MB)
The SVG has the right ruler adjusted with a smaller width so it can be used for aligning to the edge of the cut area on the right. GlowforgeRulerGuide.svg.zip (12.7 KB)
That’s the idea, Recently I found out that my right side ruler isn’t the right width. For some reason my ruler needs to be narrower. I need to do some testing when I have a little more time. You can test out the ruler by prototyping on cardboard.
Welcome to the community.
@azizarussell Silly me, I forgot that the right ruler is only for passthrough alignment.
Using the left and the top rulers, that will align with the screen. You’ll have to test it for your bed but it should be pretty close.
It looks like your 0,0 for the ruler is the top left corner of the crumb tray? Just curious where your reference points are on the crumb tray (top and bottom) so I place the ruler in the right place on the crumb tray so it correlates with the ruler in the GFUI.
On my crumb tray, there is an arena where I can place material and it doesn’t really shift from the bottom edge of the crumb tray. I use that as my reference point for putting down my ruler. You will have to do a score on some scrap material to see where you will need to place the ruler. I hope that is clear.
New to Glowforge but placement is confusing. I love the idea of these rulers you created and here are my questions:
When in place, the rulers are up against the open grid edges of the crumb tray (not over the top of the black solid metal?)
I’m cutting mylar and need about an inch free-edge on all sides of the design before the design begins. Are these rulers to indicate the area of the glowforge that does not cut? I’m using a Pro Model. And in that case, would I then put my material under the rulers?