Quick question for the Glowverse…cutting 1/4 inch proofgrade acrylic usually gives a slant to the cut due to the kerf/focus of the laser. I’ve read that several passes at lower power/higher speed ameliorates this problem somewhat (need to try it…)…but I’m curious as to why this isn’t a setting enabled by default for the proofgrade materials? Am I missing something obvious here?
Default settings are set for safety considerations for beginner users, not appearance of the kerf profile. (If you get to be advanced enough using the machine to understand kerf, you’re advanced enough to set up your own manual settings.)
I’d give them to you if I had them, but I have not actually done a lot of work with thick acrylic…but I know @mpipes has done a ton of work with some very thick stuff for his trike. Hang on…link to his post…
I’m happy to see that you’re getting some excellent advice on this topic from @Jules ! Since your machine is operating as expected, this question is outside our team’s scope. I’ve moved it to the Beyond the Manual so the discussion can continue there.
Hi folks, I’ve been ‘experimenting’ with different speeds/powers for getting a smoother cut on the 1/4 acrylic. Here’s what I’ve found to be pretty good so far. Speed 125, Power 85, 2 pass, Focus height set at 1/4 inch…see picture…can you guess which is the proof grade setting?