I am trying to remove an area so that I can insert a piece of leather into the recess.
I noticed that 3d engraving a pattern removes the darkest (blackest) area to about 1mm which is perfect, however when I upload the shape as a complete black .svg file, the option to 3d engrave is no longer available.
You uploaded a vector shape most likely, 3d engraving and vary power are disabled for vector shapes.
You can tweak your engrave settings manually to get the exact depth of engrave you like.
I can’t offer much guidance on settings, because how hard and fast you hit that piece will depend entirely on the material in question – e.g. Basswood takes almost nothing, rosewood is really hard to engrave.
One thing you might want to consider is running a score around the edge at the end to ablate some of the residue that will form in the corners… but that might not be needed. Experimentation is the best bet here.
Depth engrave is only available in pixel images as they will have the range of shading needed. You can engrave vector shapes but only to a single depth. You can assign both color and outline to different colors and then set that outline to an engrave on the first pass and change it to cut out on the second putting you leather at the location of the engrave.
Wow… what a response… didn’t expect such feedback so quickly… amazing
Guys/girls… I just wanted to say a quick thank you…
@wbgraphic Vary Power is also not available when you upload a solid image i.e. no pattern… but I will try a regular engrave the next time rather than a 3d thank
@evansd2 I will try uploading a non vector file… I’ve only been uploading .svg files so far and have to say I have had the option to 3D engrave on proofgrade medium draftboard as supplied with the glowforge… but I totally get there is a difference so will try it with a .png thank you both also thank you for the idea of doing a score… I had no idea what that was for
Reducing power may be better to avoid the striations that can occur a low LPI levels. I usually fuss with power first (I try to run everything as fast as possible) and then speed and only then LPI - but that’s because I rarely do more than 270 LPI so reductions there quickly run into the striation issue.
But if it’s starting at 340 or something I totally agree (& it will go faster too!).
I find it best to load the PNG image into Inkscape, which can the make outlines that are vectors that match the image.
The output is an SVG but it will contain the pixel data in the image as well as the vectors around it. When it is loaded into the GFUI you will have a layer for the pixel image and a layer with the vector data.
When you use “vary power” the black will get your highest amount and everything else will get less by how much lighter it is, and white will get the lowest amount you say ( default is zero)
If you have a vector file set to engrave it will go with the power speed and lpi you set so is like vary power if it was all black.
Thank yo all for your advice… I did want to go deeper… also wanted to know just how to control it all… I’ve not got on to experimenting with LPI (Lines Per Inch?) but have got the final job done thank you all to your help.
It was mainly for the iPhone Amplifier in this pic in order to create a recess for the leather top to sit into. Also used it to create the polka dot pattern on the Bitcoin Boom sign behind.