I’ll start with a preface that beginners should go to one of the many threads like this one for material settings…
I very much appreciate the community Google spreadsheet, but I’ve been wanting something:
- curated and tailored for my specific machine
- presents the settings in an easy-to-focus manner, much less spreadsheet data salad
- cloud-accessible and device-responsive
All this time casually searching and hoping for a 3D data app, my collection of scribbled settings kept accumulating…
The Pages app included with any recent iPad/iPhone/Mac purchase has proven useful compared to other offerings. Any of the devices I use can access & edit the document with minimal fuss. I wanted to see if the Numbers app could be equally useful. After months of setting this up & putting to use, I’ve reached a happy decluttered space.
Each tab along the top is created to only those materials I stock and use. I’ve chosen to order them according to material similarity. Swiping through the materials tabs works great. Within that material, multiple tables are treated as cards focused on varying thicknesses available. This erases the possibility the eye drifts to an adjacent setting in the Google spreadsheet.
Same cloud document pulled up on the phone has the pertinent data front and center:
The top-right EDIT button indicates the default read-only way the document is opened up to prevent accidental changes to the settings. Closing out the Numbers app all the way and relaunching it will bring up the last-opened document (Glowforge Materials) behaving like a customized app in that regard. For me, this setup offers the quickest, perfect balance of settings retrieval/editability based on any of the devices I have within reach.
The very last tab is a “blank” template for duplicating and adding additional materials.
All that’s left to add are tabs to remind myself of metric/SAE kerf numbers as well as a dedicated tab for crumb tray calculation.
Thought fellow Apple ecosystem users might find this useful.