Material will cut but not engrave

Hi everyone, I am trying to engrave a flag onto non prograde leather and then cut it out. When I send the file it will not engrave, the laser isn’t even firing during this part of the design and then it cuts the design just fine. I don’t get it, I have tried adjusting the power and speed, still nothing happens.

This is pretty typical behavior for a design that has duplicate objects stacked on top of one another. It effectively knocks out any part that is overlapped, but it still goes through the motions.

I would open it up in your vector editor (Illustrator, Inkscape, etc.) and check to see if you don’t have elements that are duplicated.


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When two vectors overlap, the Glowforge interface cancels out that area, so if you have script text that isn’t “welded” the overlapping parts will not engrave. Similarly a design that has been duplicated and is stacked one on top of the other will be ignored.


Welcome to the community Dylan,

Which design software do you use? In Inkscape you can just select the design and drag it to the side to see if there is a duplicate underneath.


Yes, That was the issue! I had a clear no fill duplicate layer thank you!


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