I see people etching paper with precision power level 1. I can’t even get it to etch acrylic. My precision level 1 actually cuts through 1/16 acrylic.
Anyone have any idea why this is?
Update. As some suggest to do an engraving on proofgrade material. I tried this out using medium draftboard and it seems that the power modulation is broken.
Text “Speed” “Power” “1000” were engraved using SD graphic setting. Rest were 1000 speed and the respective power level.
Welcome to the forum. More information from you would be helpful. When you say ‘precision power level’ are you meaning literally that the power is only set to 1? Can you take a screen shot of your settings panel on the left side of your GFUI to show what you mean, please? And, are you using proof grade acrylic or another type?
Speed it up. How deep something cuts is a function of the speed as well as the power. If you want to reduce the effect of the laser beam, speed it up when you are cutting…185 might be too slow for 1/16" acrylic. (Although I’m surprised it cuts all the way through at 1% power.)
For the engrave, lower the LPI to 195. You’re going over and over the same area with a 340 LPI engrave. It will burn over the same area that has already been hit.
Have any Proofgrade draftboard left that they sent for troubleshooting? A gift of good measure print will run through the various motions - cut, score, and engrave - that will show if there are any issues with the power modulation.
I am saying that power level of 1 is too powerful. How strong is your laser at precision level 1? I am able to etch through half the material with the engraving option with speed 1000. At speed 200-300 it is able to cut through the material.
I’m still betting that the value isn’t 1. A speed of 1000 and power of 1 won’t even mark the masking. If I select manual settings for a standard engrave it will usually show a speed of 1000 and a power of 1. But it isn’t. Select the marker next to the engrave setting to see the true value. Not the manual selection.