One of the things that people don’t understand about using this machine at first is that it is critically important for the height of the material to be entered into the Unknown slot at the top of the left column, before you try to place any artwork. (There’s an algorithm that mathematically corrects for the fisheye distortion of the lid camera, and having the wrong number in there will cause your placement to be significantly off.)
Usually, for Proofgrade materials, the camera sees that QR code on the material and the thickness information is included in that code, so it gets filled in for you. But if (for whatever reason) it doesn’t read that code correctly, you can get really bad variances in your placement.
When you have a case of the lid camera not reading the QR code on the material, you can enter the material thickness by clicking on Unknown and use the Search icon there to find the material you are using, then just click on it to enter the correct values. (Just type “draftboard” or “maple” and choose the thickness.) Once you do that, you should get much better placement, and your other settings will be loaded for you as well.
And one other tip…don’t try to cut the design out first and then add artwork to it. Instead, drag your artwork into the design and align it to the cutlines before you try to cut or engrave anything. If you align the artwork to the pink design preview that you see on the screen, before you do any cuts, then the cuts and the engraving will remain correctly aligned relative to each other.