I’ve been mainly a lurker on here and have chimed in a few times over the last few years.
I’m eagerly awaiting my machine and UPS have sent notification my materials are on the way. I want to hit the ground running as I’ve more than 2 and a half years of ideas to get stuck into when it arrives.
I wondered if there was an index of material settings on the forum or would it be a good suggestion to have one on here with them? What I mean is none proofgrade settings for etching, cutting and scoring different materials. I understand that materials differ slightly from suppliers or country to country. For a simple example, standard copy paper 80gsm? what does it take to score, engrave and cut this? Mounting board such as the kind you do window mounts when mounting prints in a frame, standard wood types (not ply), pine, oak, maple, spruce. etc… etc… it’s possible there’s a thread on here that I haven’t found… I’ve seen a lot of settings added to peoples posts for various things but not a thread of settings alone.
Would a list of materials and settings people have had success with be a worthy thing to add to a tread? Papers / Cards / Woods / plastics and others.
One other thing regarding engraving, would a file such as this work as a 3D engrave? just a little something I knocked up quickly in Illustrator and saved out as a jpg. Does the transition of the gradient have to be set in a specific way or is white to black the way it works for depth?