This is one print, with an engrave step, then a cut step. Material is being held in place during print. I’m making my usual game pieces and boards. I have tons of hours of making these under my belt.
The instance of engrave height different from cut was when I simply didn’t change the height of the cut step as well as the engrave. I was experimenting with what changing it does to the engrave end result, things like that. I plan to adjust the cut focus by the same amount so it’s also focused inside the material a bit. (And all this is me setting up my own set of settings because the Proofgrade default material height is a bit off - putting in your own measured height gives better alignment in UI, etc. but remember that’s beside the point - my questions here are not UI alignment problems).
As to your question of why someone would do something like this - this also happened on a print that’s a defocused score and a cut (a print covering an entire thick plywood - one part of a game board). I assumed that when you and others recommended defocused score that you would not be changing the cut focus height. So the print that’s a score+cut is definitely my bigger concern. (Because like I said I just forgot to change the cut focus when the issue happened with the engrave+cut print.)
But I am thinking that this is a coincidence and not due to the focus changes. I’ve had this with default proofgrade focus heights plenty. I was simply originally asking if other people have seen this happen with steps of different focus heights, and the answer to that seems to be a resounding no.
It’s off by very little when it happens, but it’s still very noticeable to me at least. I hope we all can keep expecting perfect to be normal.
I think I should start with the rails/tracks. How do you best go about cleaning those?
Keep reading only if you care to hear about how the general “things are cut out off-center” issue has changed my workflow…
I make circular game pieces, about an inch in diameter. So it’s an engrave+cut print to make them. Prints consisting of multiple rows of pieces were consistently seeing at least some of the pieces to be cut out off-center. So instead of printing all the rows of pieces at once, I print one row at a time. This is so that the head doesn’t move at as much of an angle when it moves into position to start the cut step. This has worked well, but sometimes (quite uncommon) all the pieces end up being cut off-center.