Hey all! I’ve been working on some game tokens using red proof grade 1/8" acrylic. It cuts just fine for the most part, but I always get areas of scorching and melting on the back of the material. I’ve tried with and without the backing. It’s most noticeable around some small lettering. There are other areas of noticeable heat bloom as well. I’m not sure what I can do do avoid or fix this, but it’s putting me off a bit. I plan to work mostly in acrylic but I feel like there’s a lot to learn about this medium.
I’m using a mono-line font, so it’s not doing a double pass. And now that I think of it, for some reason the GF software is making the outer circle a double pass even though there’s just one path in the file. I’ve seen it do this before but I’ve never been able to figure out why that would be. On the last one I cut, the first pass dropped the material down and then the second pass messed up the edge since it was sitting a bit crooked. What gives?
I’d love a little advice, here, since I’m getting a bit frustrated. I feel like I’ve tried to make a sensible pattern that should cut well, and it’s just not working out. I even went as far as making about 7 layers to space out cuts that were too close together, thinking the heat would dissipate and I wouldn’t see as much bloom and distortion.