I saw a topic from 2016 asking if people were keeping logs of their prints, and if so what items people were logging… now that many more of us have our machines, I’m curious what other people’s practices are? I’ll share mine in case it’s of use to anyone!
Since almost the very beginning, I’ve kept a google spreadsheet as a log of every print. It’s invaluable and saves me much time and material. I basically open the GF app in one tab, and my log in another tab-- so I’ve always got them together. I record:
- Print number
- Project Title
- File name (though I rarely enter this any longer)
- Material source
- Thickness of Material
- Focal length (only enter this when I manually adjust it)
- LPI for engrave
- cut or engrave time
For proof grade materials – which I use most often-- I just put auto in the speed, power, thickness, etc fields. The comments are super helpful to look back on-- esp for non-proofgrade when I’m working to find good settings, or when I have issues. I also then log when and what I cleaned as a line, so I can know when I last did that. When I figure out a good setting for a non-proofgrade material, I highlight that line so I can quickly go back to it. I definitely do shorthand for myself when I’m printing something I’ve done a lot of before on proofgrade.
Also, I have some other tabs that I reference a lot. The Conversions tab was just me listing out fractions to decimals, and inches to mm… It’s really nice to be able to quick glance at those. I’ve noted the proofrade settings on another tab, so when I’m doing a non-proofgrade material that may be similar to the proof grade one, I can see what those are. In theory I have a tab where I keep current inventory of material I have on hand, but haven’t had the discipline to update it. I also have a page with useful links-- like the puzzle generator, et al.
What are you all logging/finding useful/practical to keep up with recording?