Model Demo of Engraving levels with GF anyone?

OK I was just curious any “famous” file was around, like the 3D Benchy is for the 3d printers (FDM) world…

Yeah I wish glowforge would release that demo file because it’s really cool … but they never did for some reason.

Of course I may be wrong and just missed it.

@rbtdanforth has done a lot of work with heightmap and deeper engraves, maybe he has pointers?

I just checked some of the search results and I always end up with the Kern video… I wish there would be demos like that for the GF to impress some investors in certain projects we could do to order some more GF units! lol

Sadly all results date back from 2016 and your current replies tell me not to expect much from this path currently :’( sigh

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I would suspect investors would be more interested in what you are capable of creating and producing with the machine, not what somebody else figured out and handed to you. It would, however, be great if GF provided a similar file and instructions so new owners had something to “show off.” It should be one of the test print tutorials.

Results like that emblem are pretty easy to achieve with some practice. When I was new to the machine, it took me a couple of evenings of playing with a corporate logo, then running test prints, to get similar results.


I have done a few deep engraves, You have to have a good image that high places are white and the lowest places black, and variable power. As for the depth, Whatever depth you can get otherwise.

I had to work the image some but I got this…


I have a piece in Free designs that has a variable depth engrave as a part of it,

Some examples of the maps are here


Someone else posted a really great example of a 3D engrave of one of those “ancient Chinese”-styled images, but I can’t find it.

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Sorry I just added the mother load of them above.

I couldn’t find it either, but this might be helpful:

Using the low res file found here, medium draftboard, proofgrade settings. 15 minutes.

The original was done on thick walnut, so two passes would result in much more depth. Also, theirs was much larger, and with the higher res. original file, you’d have much more detail. I made it small because of the lack of resolution. You can barely read the upper banner text in the file, or make out detail on the blasters.



Now my machine feels special… :rofl:


the appropriate response to this is “Uffda”


OK who’s up for the challenge?



Here’s a few of mine, but if you can’t edit and/or create your own files it’s probably not much use examples from other people.


I defo wanna see what this machine is capable of and defo interested in learning the technology and steps required, hence investment of time and money, often the same thing.

Thanks for posting these.

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I apologize and I think I misunderstood. I thought you were wanting to have examples to show clients what you could make.

Well that’s the other part too, yes. They call it “ROI” hehe

I’m doing a similar carve right now on the x-carve (nothing particularly useful, just learning how to do it). And it is a great demo to someone about what you can do, I want to do that giant penny at some point that’s on the internet. I’ve seen some amazing carves of it at large size. It’s basically the same workflow, so when looking for demo files, look for depth map CNC and you find a lot that people have posted. The problem is while mostly cool demos, how many carved dragons, etc. do you need? I use V-carve pro as my CNC modeling software for the x-carve (the x-carve mostly makes signs for me) and they have a nice 3D source material company ( where you can buy 3D files for carving. Since home brewing is a popular source for their signs, being able to add those flourishes (like the 3D grape leaves, hops, etc) is useful. I’m not sure if you can get their designs in depth map format (they do let you download them in a bunch of formats including STL files). I think there is a way to go from STL to depth map.

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@takitus mentioned a program long ago that I’ve used, and it works well. But not at laptop to get the program name.

Here’s one I did a while back: