A project I’m working on requires a large living hinge. While testing, I noticed it takes MUCH longer to cut living hinges for two reasons:
- There is a lot of actual cutting length in living hinges.
- There is a lot of travel when cutting each line individually.
I know nothing can be done about the length of the cut, but I was thinking how much faster the cut would be if the GF would process each linear set of lines as one line with the divisions created by varying the power (to zero).
THEN, I noticed that the GlowForge actually does this!!! BUT, it only does this for the first line it lasers in the living hinge. Each subsequent parallel line is processed as an individual line for some reason. If the GF somehow does this for the first line, I would hope some tweaking could make it treat the subsequent lines like the first one. This would decrease cutting time drastically.
See video below for an example. The first downward cut on the hinge is one continuous travel with the laser turning off to create the separate cuts. Every single line after that was cut individually.
I used Inkscape to create the living hinge and have attached the SVG below.
Has anyone else noticed this behavior with living hinges? Are some living hinge generators better than others? Thoughts?