"no artwork"?

I’m new to the world of Glowforge. Why does the Glowforge software state, “no art work” when you can see there is an image within the software? I can use some advice, thanks.

Is any part of the artwork touching the greyed out areas on the edges of the crumb tray? Try moving it.


There are several reasons that the machine will state “no artwork” It is saying that there is nothing it has enough information to cut.

First It needs to know what the material is. If it can see it is a PG sign it will go there and set up for that. Otherwise, you need to give it a setup (speed and power) and a thickness with Set Focus

Then if the design is in the printable area it has something to cut. If any part of the design is outside the printable area It will not cut any part of it.


There’s a few reasons, if you don’t mind sharing a screenshot we could probably give you better details.


When printing an image, especially a jpg, there is often some small dot off somewhere, but the machine will take that as the extent of the image and refuse to print any of it, thus “no artwork” so you also need to limit the size of images to the part you wish to print. When you select the image it will show you how much it is considering, and even if you can’t see the barely gray part, it will be part of the image considered.


I cannot second what rbtdanforth said with enough emphasis. copying from one image file to another is probably the most common “method” for me to introduce some random svg bit seemingly miles away from what I’m working on. in Inkscape it seems I always create some spurious line segment by accident.

zoom out in whatever program you are using and try to select everything. if you see some odd blip off to the side of your design. BINGO. that’s the problem.

good luck

happend to me many times especially when I am working on my laptop and accidently touch the touch pad.


Most of my designs take some time to develop, and I generally store several iterations in the same file. I can back up if something doesn’t work. When I am ready to try and print, I open a clean, blank document, then copy and paste just the areas I want. I end up with a “working” file and a print file. I often don’t even save the print file, just recreate it if needed at another time.


When working with a jpeg, whether you are converting it to a vector or using as is, before beginning work have you graphics program remove jpg artifacts. This can help minimize “stray satellites in the atmosphere” of your image.

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I find that if I have a jpg and there is only Black and White the jpg will have many “almost white” and “almost black” places, so the first thing I do is max out the contrast and it is amazing how many odd things disappear. then pulling a vector from that is much more reliable.

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