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
Problems with Illustrator
Single Layer SVG produces two layers, heavy engraving
Pro Arrived and I'm Not a happy camper
Testing files before cutting
Engrave and Cut Settings
At a loss. How do you cut on the Glowforge
Adobe illustrator
File preparation
What is a group of GF :glowforge: called?
Is there an idiot's guide?
Autocad layers
Photoshop SVG won't cut on the GF
How to get a file to cut instead of engrave
How do I upload a file that will create a cut?
Getting started
A number of issues right off the rip
Colors are not differentiated for SVGs created in
Engraving Crystal Champagne Glasses
Cutting slightly off
Trying to find SVG file specifications to control laser speed / power
Feature Request: designating vectors as scores rather than cuts in design space
How to Cut within a scored drawing
Will not prepare designs
Adding a cutline
Glowforge Interface - How to Get Perfect Alignment (Yes, perfect!) :thinking:
Looking for another GF owner southeast Wisconsin
Can someone teach me illustrator
Can't load a new project, network errors
Chess set squares do not fit in the board
Some Kind of Alignment Issue
Anyone use this on food?
Fragen auf Deutsch
Engraving + Cutting on a single file?
Glowforge on an iPad
Illustrator Help - Brush vs Pen
Mermaid earrings!
Please Point me in the right direction
3d illusion vector
What am I missing!?
Installation Video
GFUI Drawing lines that aren't in SVG
AI Help
Glowforge Interface - Vector Files Made Easy :thinking:
What file type for cutting?
Basic manual?
What is a group of GF :glowforge: called?
Just purchased Pro unit
My SVG files are coming in as bit maps!
Fills for engrave coming over solid
Help cutting out an object after is has been engraved
What kind of files cut?
Cutting a pattern out of acrylic
Bitmaps not allowing me to CUT
Simple pendant engrave error
What types of files will allow cuts?
Larger Project Issues and Bitmap Issue
Can not access Inkscape images
Can cut, won't engrave
Misalignment [SOLVED]
App problem

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