Eh, figured I’d mention this in case anyone found it useful: I’ve had decent (not flawless!!) luck mapping BB plywood for interior inconsistencies.
Right now I just set a cut line (using whatever settings I’m going with) a little bit in from each edge of the piece (~0.25" in), and cut. This trims the piece into a smaller square (which is unfortunate) but more importantly it shows me spots where a single pass is not going to get through.
I then transfer the boundaries of those areas to the top side of the plywood using a pen or pencil and, in conjunction with looking at the grain of the top & bottom (knowing, then, that the interior pieces will be going in different directions), I can make a reasonable stab at choosing spots on the piece where I’ll be able to cut through without hitting an obstruction.
…now, this is not perfect; it’s entirely possible/likely that you can hit a knot or void that has no trace at the edges of the plywood panel, but I believe I’ve improved my odds.
I started doing this because Woodpeckers BB ply seems to have formaldehyde glue in it, which I’d really rather not vaporize if I can avoid it.
For certain pieces where visual appearance is irrelevant, I’m starting to try to put together a test grid of tiny (tiny!) holes, and lasering that first. That will substantially improve the resolution of obstruction-mapping, and in many cases I don’t really care if the end result has a scattering of pinprick holes in it.
(if I had access to nigh-infinite quantities of BB ply and time, I wonder if it wouldn’t be possible to develop a model of imperfections such that, given the test-grid result, you could mathematically analyze a given panel?)