Currently the multipoint focusing is not implemented so it’s not possible for the machine to determine if material is bowed. So that means the material has to be dead flat. Yes, if enough power is used even badly bowed material will cut but it would increase the width of the cut line and may badly char the edge of the material. Gets ugly fast. Getting the perfect cut even on homogeneous material requires just the right power, speed and focus.
So that said, I’ll let everyone else worry about what should and shouldn’t happen. I’m just trying to help you get a good cut. For starters, if you want a successful cut with the current implementation you need to have the material flat and that usually requires magnets. Also, for some reason the automatic settings for Medium Maple Proofgrade uses a focal point of 0.130". The material is closer to 0.145" thick. More than half the time it will not cut through for me. Don’t know why. Might be that my material has absorbed moisture from humidity, might be a wrong focus. I do know that if I raise the focal point to 0.145" for that material it cuts through 100% of the time with all other settings automatic. Just FYI.