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hi! I am printing my first design that it’s not complex but it says it will take 22 minutes. Is that correct or am I doing something wrong with the settings?
It’s plywood


It is currently set to engrave, if it’s supposed to be an engraving, that seems about right. If it’s a cut you need to change it to a cut on the left.
I think this was the video I covered some of the settings, that might help: How to use different settings: Ep. 4 Glowforge to the point - YouTube


Thank you for answering. I tried to change to cut but it says bitmaps can only be engraved. I uploaded a pdf file

Found the reason and how to correct it! Txs!


Welcome to a new level of technical literacy: understanding all the ramifications of vectors versus bitmaps and how that works with design and execution. It’s a rite of passage. I had thought I understood that distinction fairly well before I got the laser, but upon use, I realized there were some issues that still needed attending.

Two examples: a vector is a vector and should work for cuts. Except when the nodes of the curves get in the way or get twisted or having an odd winding rule. A bitmap is a bitmap, until you realize there might be some invisible artifacts that show up from and engrave, or is of such a size that it takes a long time to process or has a clipping mask around it.


Yay to finding a solution :slight_smile: If you haven’t already I highly recommend the First Three Prints - parts of it will seem very basic, but it will introduce you to the terminology and commands for this laser and is a world of help!

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It’s a learning curve at first, but luckily you have this amazing village of people who are limitless with their help. @JimmyWayneWestie sent me this stuff - again searching will help:


Glowforge SETTINGS - Google Drive

Glowforge Customers Training Center - Tips and Tricks, Handy Links - Google Sheets

A. Making boxes with the Glowforge

Make A Box: Generate Laser Cutter Templates for Enclosures!

MakerCase - Easy Laser Cut Case Design

Box Designer

Online File Generators for Laser Cutting - Maker Design Lab


Laser cutting designs | Craftsmanspace

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Free Laser Cut Templates, Download Laser Cutting Designs Blog


C. Free Clipart

D. 40 Places to get free SVGS

F. Different blogs and websites

Made with Forge - Tips, Tutorials, and Freebies for Glowforge

Make CNC DIY Projects & Products |

Hacker Factor: Glowforge Notes

Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers |

G. Converting websites Farwest makes it easy to convert inches to decimals.


Zamzar - video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter

DXF to SVG (Online & Free) — Convertio

H. Supplies

Ocooch Hardwoods - Thin Wood for Scroll Sawing, Laser Engraving/Cutting, Woodturning, Intarsia and More

Glowforge SETTINGS - Google Sheets

I. Learn to design

Glowforge Training Center - Raster Design - Google Sheets

Glowforge Customers Training Center - 2D Vector Design - Google Drive

J. Online Classes

Online Classes by Skillshare | Start for Free Today

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K. YouTube Channels

Lady Crockett Crafts

Troy the Maker

Fresh Start Customs



Panthera Press

ThinkLaser Limited

John Kuiphoff

When Geeks Craft

L. YouTube Channels to learn Inkscape

TJ Free

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Thank you! I know! I’ve been reading like crazy and already got a good app and transformed all my files in vectors! :smiley:

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Thank you so much! Best message ever!

Hey there. I found the google sheet on an archive and was able to copy and paste into a new sheet. It’s not perfect but it’s better than nothing. It might be a good idea to make a copy just in case it goes missing again.