Laser Design Basics 🤔

Laser Design Basics.pdf (770.3 KB)

dl488 9/6/17

Transformable Leather Sculpted Earrings
First night printing
Severe print problem with very simple SVG
Single Layer SVG produces two layers, heavy engraving
Problems with Illustrator
Engrave and Cut Settings
Is there an idiot's guide?
At a loss. How do you cut on the Glowforge
Pro Arrived and I'm Not a happy camper
File preparation
Testing files before cutting
Adobe illustrator
How to get a file to cut instead of engrave
Basic manual?
How do I upload a file that will create a cut?
Which colours for cut/engrave/score?
What is a group of GF :glowforge: called?
Photoshop SVG won't cut on the GF
Engraving Crystal Champagne Glasses
Can someone teach me illustrator
Autocad layers
Cutting a pattern out of acrylic
Images on tile
Mermaid earrings!
Help cutting out an object after is has been engraved
Getting started
My SVG files are coming in as bit maps!
Print&cut-- From Inkscape SVG, how to engrave (raster) & cut (vector) superimposed correctly [Solved]
Misalignment [SOLVED]
Engraving + Cutting on a single file?
Chess set squares do not fit in the board
This is not as easy as it is made out to be
A number of issues right off the rip
Cutting slightly off
Using Inkscape with the Passthrough :thinking:
Can not access Inkscape images
Glowforge on an iPad
Illustrator Help - Brush vs Pen
Adding a cutline
Trying to find SVG file specifications to control laser speed / power
Colors are not differentiated for SVGs created in
What kind of files cut?
Best Programs
Feature Request: designating vectors as scores rather than cuts in design space
Engrave or score?
Please Point me in the right direction
Adjusting the type of cut: Back and forth vs. tracing a single line
Need help- what software? How do you do this?!
Some Kind of Alignment Issue
Glowforge Interface - Vector Files Made Easy :thinking:
Looking or tutorial to make a stencil
What file type for cutting?
2019 - Creating a Stencil (How to set what is going to be cut)
I am screwed....and getting ZERO info on how to fix it
Creating cut and engrave files from scratch...HELP
Issue with Illustrator 2020 SVG export and double cutting?
Separating pieces of a complex file
Desmos Math Class Project Engraving and Cutting at the same time
Svg files only want to engrave instead of cut
heIp me
Defective Machine & Replacement
So Confused on lines selection
How to design finger joints for beginners
illustrator.SVG file will not load into the glowforge application I am not sure
I'll keep trying
Artwork not recognized, Text uploading as Transparent?
Help with creating a file
Hi, I'm new
Useful programs to use
Making svg
Circles- Score vs Engrave. Why does it want to fill in the whole circle when I change settings to engrave?
Beginner here
Need a local GF buddy
Using AutoCad with Glowforge
Can only engrave
Bitmap option
Help me please!
Was there a Glowforge update?
Scoring instead of Engraving
GFUI Drawing lines that aren't in SVG
Will not prepare designs
My attempt at ceramic tiles
App problem
Installation Video
Trying to use the trace tool
What am I missing!?
Help Me! - Software Questions
Can't get vector files to upload to the GF
3d illusion vector
Glowforge Interface - How to Align a Double Sided Engrave :thinking:
Can't load a new project, network errors
Looking for another GF owner southeast Wisconsin
Fragen auf Deutsch
What is a group of GF :glowforge: called?
Anyone use this on food?
Wits end here
Can't Figure out how to make engrave not do two shades
Fills for engrave coming over solid
Larger Project Issues and Bitmap Issue
How to Cut within a scored drawing
Experienced WoodCraft maker, beginner forger
Can cut, won't engrave
Simple pendant engrave error
What types of files will allow cuts?
AI Help
Not a fan having to upload projects to the cloud
Just purchased Pro unit
Line weight?
Bitmaps not allowing me to CUT
SVG File Not Correctly Sorting Elements
Laser head goes same speed whether on or not?

This is absolutely masterful. Descriptions and illustrations get the basics and then some!




With the new avatar that post is… creepy beyond words


Hadn’t occurred to me… thanks for the laugh :joy:


I finally have some time to start looking at what you created. Wow! You have put so much thoughtful time and effort into this. It will be a wonderful resource for those that are just getting started or who are looking to accomplish something they have not tried before.

I can’t imagine the hours you invested. Thank you for being such a valuable asset to the Glowforge community!


So thankful!!! Exactly what I needed. Being new to this whole laser world and 2D drawing programs takes a lot of time to figure out everything. Thank you for this to the point lesson. Love it!!! :heart_eyes:


This is fantastic…I could have used this to refresh my memory when teaching my vector tracing class for my shop teacher before they did their laser projects! Great explanations of the basics and the raster/vector difference (and a few new things I should have realized were important! :grimacing:).

Thanks for all you contribute to this forum!


Thank you for the invaluable help the Laser Design Basics doc offers. It’s going to be a steep learning curve for me and this makes the adventure much less daunting.

A sincere thank you.


This is wonderful, thank you! I’m trying to study up as our machine comes today, and this is a great tutorial.


I am getting a server error when I try to download the pdf. Could be on my side, but posting just in case.

"500 Origin Error

The origin server is not reachable or returns an error."

@Jules The more things I search out in the forum the more of your tutorials I find. And they’re all great! Thank you for each and every one of them.


Oh my pleasure! (And thank you! :slightly_smiling_face:)


I’m methodically going through the tutorials to see the breadth of my ignorance. And to combat it, I guess.

Thank you Jules!!


The more you know, the easier it gets! Glad they’re helping, you’re gonna really kick @sk when you get through a few! :grinning:


This is great. Thanks


This is amazing, thank you for all of this information… I have been struggling to create a a file that the GF can cut, engrave or score… much appreciated.


Glad it helped! :slightly_smiling_face:

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