As you know, we’re working on improving our ability to handle large engraves. When we say your engrave is large - we really mean that it will take a long time to print. When your Glowforge prints an engrave, the head moves back and forth, line by line, like a inkjet printer. If the design is physically large or if you set your print to have a high LPI, the print will take longer, because the head needs to move further to finish the print. I don’t have exact numbers on size or print time for you, but I hope that helps a little.
If your design includes a large engrave, you have two choices. You can reduce the size of your print in the app by signing in, selecting your file, clicking on your image, and then dragging a corner towards the center of the image to make it smaller. Or you can divide your image into pieces and print them one at a time, as shown below.
Split your image into pieces
- Save your design as a PNG file
- Go to imagesplitter.net and upload your file
- Click on the “SPLIT IMAGE” tab and enter the number of rows and columns you want to split your image into
- Choose PNG
- Click the blue “SPLIT IMAGE” button. The software will split your image into the number of rows and columns you specify and automatically download a zipped file of the pieces.
Create a single file with all the pieces
- Locate the file on your computer (where your downloads go) and unzip it
- Mac: Double click on the file to open it
- Windows: Double click on the file to open it, then click “Extract All”
- Open a new file in Inkscape (used for this example, although other software will work too)
- Choose File > Import and select all the images from the zip file
- Line up the images up so they are seamless. In Inkscape, when you drag the images near each other, they will snap together. (If they don’t, go to View > Show/Hide > Snap Controls Bar and adjust the settings.)
- Select File > Save As and save the file as an Inkscape SVG file
Upload and Print
- Sign in to app.glowforge.com, click “Upload” and choose the file you saved. Each piece of artwork will import as a step in the app. Click on a step and choose “Ignore.” Ignore all the steps but one, and then press “Print.”
- When that print finishes, leave your material in place
- Set the step you printed to “Ignore” and print another step
- Continue ignoring and printing until you’ve finished
Please let me know how it goes!