Introduction to Snapmarks
This is the first thing to read through. (Obviously.)
1. If you have any problems… First report it to @bonny on the Introducing Snapmark thread to help the team develop a workaround. Tell them the dimensions of the snapmarks in your design program, the name of the design program, the version number and the operating system.
2. Make sure you do not accidentally reshape or rotate the Snapmarks…they will not work.
3. Other rules to follow when placing your Snapmarks in your design:
Leave at least 1/4" space to the left of the leftmost snapmark in your design if you are also cutting out around it to create a jig.
Design on a 20" x 12" (508 x 304.8 mm) artboard, and make sure the design is completely on the artboard before saving the file as an SVG.
Working with a Reusable Jig:
In your Design Software:
Create your cutting jig in your design software.
Add a set of properly sized Snapmarks. (Make them a different color than the jig cutlines.)
(It’s a good idea at this point to Lock the cutouts and Snapmarks down so they don’t shift relative to each other.)
Add any artwork to the jig file aligning it with your cutting lines.
Save the file (with any embedded artwork and the Snapmarks) to an SVG file.
In the Glowforge User Interface:
- Load the SVG file into the app.
- Set the Snapmarks to Score. (Not Engrave.)
- Set the Cutlines to Cut.
- Set the Artwork to Ignore.
- Print the file.
- Remove the cutouts. Add the objects to be engraved into the cutouts.
Pro Tip: If you’re working with something flat like thin business cards, keep the cutouts, and just attach the cards to them with some double sided adhesive for processing…it’s easier to just drop that back into the hole and the cards are thin enough that you do not have to adjust the thickness for engraving. Much easier to keep it aligned than dropping it into a hole.
- Adjust the focal point for the Engraving if necessary.
- Set the Snapmarks to Ignore.
- Set the Cutlines to Ignore.
- Set the Artwork to Engrave.
- Hit Print to process the Engraves.
. To reuse the Jig at a future date:
- Make any necessary changes to the artwork in the SVG file in your Design software.
- Load the new file into the GFUI.
- Put the jig with the scored Snapmarks in the bed. Set the thickness of the Jig in the interface.
- Press the Snapmarks button to align the file with the marks.
- Load your objects and Print the Engraves.
That’s all there is to it! Very easy to reuse a jig using the Snapmarks!