I’m experimenting with some materials, namely at the moment cork, but this question really applies to any material. I am looking to get the following result:
A light-ish print - something that does not print any darker than it needs to - or etch into the material any deeper than it needs to.
Something that prints quickly. Ideally I’m looking for the sweet spot of the most efficient print. I.e. I can print some logos on material that take 10 minutes each for example… or with my optimized setting, 1 minute each.
I always leave my speed at full when printing - so that can’t be the bottleneck. The question becomes, what do I alter?
The laser power - will a lower power make for a naturally lighter print? Will this impact speed?
The image itself - do I have to increase contrast or some other aspects of the image before it hits the GFUI? For example, instead of having BLACK as one of the colors, if I lighten everything up, will it create a lighter print on my material?
Or perhaps the setting I have not named yet… Lines - I think it’s lines per inch in GFI? (Is this the same as DPI in my programs [photoshop, etc])
SO to sum up:
- A great quality print (great resolution i.e. does not look pixelated or down rez’d)
- … that is not too dark (because I think this impacts speed)
- that prints at the maximum speed possible (because I would like to launch into production and print multiple copies of things at some point).