I’d like to re-open the discussion around engraving large files. In particular, I would like to have the ability for the machine to automatically split and print my file in pieces.
I’m trying to engrave a design with lots of fine detail that can’t be simplified further. Here’s a screenshot of a section of the engraving I’m trying to do:
The problem I keep having is that the file will randomly fail without explanation. From my research on the forums, it sounds like my file is too complex, resulting in a final instruction set that won’t fit in the machine’s buffer.
It was mentioned on this thread that a solution is to split the image into multiple parts, and print that way.
The entire image is very small, about 7" square. I understand that such small line work will run into issues where the width of the laser will be wider than the line it’s trying to engrave, but this is not a concern for my particular application.
My thinking is that the end-user shouldn’t need to think through this, and at the very least, we should get more info on what’s happening when it fails. Ideally, I should upload a design of any complexity, and it would just give me a warning saying that I’ve uploaded a very complex file, and that it will run in parts. Then, the cloud side of the application should automatically split the job into parts, upload a part to the machine, engrave the part, then continue on the next part until it’s complete. The parts should be automatically split horizontally, so that any slight misregistration between the sections is less noticeable, and the machine can continuously engrave without the end-user even knowing where it is in the process.