Ignore this whole thing – it works totally normally and as expected now.
I have a basic. I can engrave anodized aluminum, with good contrast, at 1000/full – settings that I’ve seen others mention a few times – but only when the focus is set much higher than the actual thickness. At .05, it doesn’t seem powerful enough. At the correct height, I have to slow the speed down to 500. Setting the focus slightly above the thickness doesn’t work either. Even setting it to .1 doesn’t engrave the coating.
Obviously, I want substantially faster. Because faster. Does that mean the unfocused laser is more powerful than when it’s focused? Is there any reason I shouldn’t engrave with an unfocused beam? Like, will it make everything slightly bigger or substantially blurrier?
Is there anyone else with a basic who has the same kind-of problem?