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
Engrave and Cut Settings
Pro Arrived and I'm Not a happy camper
At a loss. How do you cut on the Glowforge
Testing files before cutting
Is there an idiot's guide?
How to get a file to cut instead of engrave
File preparation
Adobe illustrator
Photoshop SVG won't cut on the GF
Autocad layers
What is a group of GF :glowforge: called?
Engraving Crystal Champagne Glasses
How do I upload a file that will create a cut?
Colors are not differentiated for SVGs created in
Cutting a pattern out of acrylic
Can someone teach me illustrator
Help cutting out an object after is has been engraved
Chess set squares do not fit in the board
Some Kind of Alignment Issue
Cutting slightly off
This is not as easy as it is made out to be
Print&cut-- From Inkscape SVG, how to engrave (raster) & cut (vector) superimposed correctly [Solved]
Adding a cutline
Feature Request: designating vectors as scores rather than cuts in design space
A number of issues right off the rip
Basic manual?
Getting started
Trying to find SVG file specifications to control laser speed / power
Anyone use this on food?
Fragen auf Deutsch
Engraving + Cutting on a single file?
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
What is a group of GF :glowforge: called?
Fills for engrave coming over solid
Illustrator Help - Brush vs Pen
AI Help
Experienced WoodCraft maker, beginner forger
My attempt at ceramic tiles
Help Me! - Software Questions
Svg files only want to engrave instead of cut
Wits end here
Which colours for cut/engrave/score?
Can't Figure out how to make engrave not do two shades
heIp me
Glowforge Interface - How to Align a Double Sided Engrave :thinking:
Can't get vector files to upload to the GF
Need help- what software? How do you do this?!
Trying to use the trace tool
Looking or tutorial to make a stencil
Best Programs
Line weight?
My SVG files are coming in as bit maps!
Just purchased Pro unit
What file type for cutting?
Glowforge Interface - Vector Files Made Easy :thinking:
Glowforge on an iPad
Misalignment [SOLVED]
What kind of files cut?
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
App problem
How to Cut within a scored drawing
Will not prepare designs
Looking for another GF owner southeast Wisconsin
Can't load a new project, network errors

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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