In the last few days, I’ve started to see my first ever printing errors - by which I mean strange mistake or unexplained artifacts in the printing. Here’s a couple examples from pieces I still have in the office:
This is the error I’ve seen the most - maybe 5 to 7 times now, or about 15-20% of my prints. It’s, admittedly, a very minor imperfection, but obviously not desirable. It’s like the laser hiccups and doesn’t stop engraving for a second, creating “cuts” through the artwork. Sometimes the lines are dotted or shorter, rarely longer than this line, and once I saw 3 lines like this in one engrave. I’m reasonably certain it’s not an artifact in the artwork (and, yeah, the same files print fine other times). And to be clear, this isn’t image stitching or anything, it’s just one image, unsplit.
Another problem I’ve encountered:
Clearly, this problem is much worse, since it ruins the project (and my precious PG!). I couldn’t find a like-issue in the forums, though I could’ve dug further. This has happened twice now, so not many times, but they’ve both happened within a week, and once on some coveted-last-piece PG hardwood I had, which sadly ruined it. This picture is better than the other, however, because it took me awhile to notice it was happening again and so you can see more accurately what is happening. It’s like the head, at a certain line, starts getting out of alignment or something.
The two problems may not be related at all, except that I hadn’t seen either until very recently.
I can’t think of a cause off the top of my head, so thought I’d bring it here. Anyone seen this before?