Trace Tool Alignment Error Question


#1

In trying to use the Trace Tool to cut out art work inkjet printed on cardstock, the cut lines are about 1mm out of alignment with the artwork. I made a test template by printing a series of nested squares with largest square 4 inches on a side. The center of this was placed centered by eye under the camera. An Engrave was done and results show a 1mm offset for the engrave in the Northeast direction, where North is toward the back of the Glowforge.
I read somewhere that <= 0.25 inch alignment error meets current Glowforge specifications for the Trace Tool.
Is there any hope for getting improved trace alignment?


#2

Yes. Your 1mm current error proves that - they used to be all 1/4" (6mm+) but they’ve been tweaking all the machines ever since. So you’re 6 times better than the standard :slight_smile:

They have said there are more improvements coming to keep tightening up the precision even more.


#3

And in the meantime if object alignment is critical you could use the following method:

Or use a jig (just search “jig” in the forum, you’l find tons of examples).


#4

This is exactly what I need. Thank you!
I searched the forum using key word Trace Tool and missed your tutorial.


#5

Thanks @jamesdhatch and @cynd11. @brok09, please open a new thread if you have another question.


#6