Perfect Alignment Every Time - The Fiducial Alignment Ruler (design in post)

First the cake and now you’re stealing cookies too? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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No, @shop got the cake. Man, a gal has got to scramble around here to grab a treat.

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Well…I guess so! I need to up my game here!

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I’ll share. (Just wanted to taste the most delicious cookies ever. In my mind, that’s a Ranger cookie.)

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Jules I have read so many of your tutorials that I feel humble you would respond to my naive and lame question. You are my “man I can’t wait until I don’t have to think through each little step and I can just do this” idol. THANK YOU FOR YOUR POSTS!!! I would seriously send you cookies - where do you live?

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:smile: Thanks! In this case, the thought is as good as the deed. :wink:
(Besides, I did actually steal them right out from under @Xabbess’s nose, so I couldn’t claim them.)

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‘T’wasn’t me that are the cake tonight. I just ate cookies. Well, most of them. There’s a half a cookie left.

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I just used this to test snapmark for the first time, and I’m impressed. I intentionally threw the ruler in at an angle, and put a small scrap of PG draftboard in along with it. I positioned the design in the top left corner of the workspace, and the five small circles you see just barely touching the rule lines at maximum zoom. They cut cleanly without touching the ruler (which is made from 0.08" chipboard, by the way.)

What’s amusing is the snapmarks on the ruler were scored during the print, and I wondered why - I had overlooked them in the design, and left the previous score setting in place. :slight_smile:

What’s amazing is that you can’t even tell they were scored again, that’s how accurate the alignment is. Pretty darned impressive.

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Good for you. Many of us do not have Snapmark. Some are bitter. Some are over it since the camera calibration program.

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… and I don’t have the calibration program… :slight_smile: (doesn’t work for me - many, many attempts)

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I haven’t even attempted to use the calibration program because I like snapmarks so much. This is exactly what I need to do accurate work.

I’m glad it’s working well for you too!

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I still think snapmarks should make a comeback. Its almost essential for any work I do without the crumb tray in. Especially for doing my dice. It would be near impossible to flip and align the dice each time using the camera alone and the snapmarks make it so I can just have the art auto align to my jig

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Oh I do too. Theyre too awesome to downplay like that

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Yes, real precision and real registration marks that can be printed elsewhere and used in the glowforge are an essential tool, and it shocks me that they’re seemingly considering not making them available generally.

thanks a million!!!

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Here is an SVG version with some minor changes:

fiducial ruler v2.1.svg.zip (15.7 KB)

Layers from top to bottom are: engrave, score, score, cut, cut.

I based this on the PDF from @lazlo666 because Corel Draw imported the original AI file like this:

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It would be really nice if this got tagged somehow to let people know at the start that SnapMarks is a discontinued feature so they don’t spend a long time reading nearly all of the 320 posts before finding out that this isn’t available to them. I was so hopeful but now crestfallen.
But, really awesome job of suggesting this tool 2 years before they made it possible and then putting together a valuable jig. I’m not sure how the camera recalibration is any sort of substitute for SnapMarks.

The good news is that Snapmarks might be released widely later as a Premium Feature. The bad news is…no one knows when it will be available…it is still in Beta. If you have it available on your machine as a tester, it will be under the 3 dots icon.

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I agree. I think the head based camera should be utilized to the fullest extent, as it provides much more accuracy than the lid camera will ever be able to.

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I guess I got lucky, and thanks to @jules guidance on where to look, because I DO have SnapMarks. And, wow, they work great! All the reading of this thread was worthwhile :slight_smile:
I’ve got some magnets now so will cut my first jig. I’ll post the file when done as I’ve added @dan’s pressfit ring to the design.