I hate wasting material. Especially when it’s as beautiful and easy to work with as the Proofgrade ply is. You can never have too many snowflakes, so here are some that I cut to see just how small a cut you can do with Proofgrade.
I think this one is about an inch around. I cut a few at once, using standard 1/8" Maple Ply settings. I didn’t take down the time on this cut. Lost one when I tried to go down to less than 1/2". I’m willing to bet that the big box hardware store ply would have absolutely mangled something this small. Highly likely to hit a glue or knot pocket and lose at least part of each piece.
Here’s an example of waste not, want not. It would have been hard to justify breaking off this little piece and keeping it for just the right sized project later on. I have no problem justifying keeping these tiny snowflakes!
Here are some of the “Scrapflakes” I cut, along with a little plaque that I cut to experiment with multiple line colors of an SVG project. The graphic is one that I purchased long ago and tweaked to have the boy walking a Golden Retriever (originally he was pulling a sled). I’ve used variations of this on my Christmas Card envelopes for over 10 years. It’s cool to now be able to laser engrave it.
It is 3 1/4" wide by about 2" tall. It used the standard 1/8 Maple Ply settings for each part of the cut/score/engrave. Most of the outline of the boy is done on the dark score setting. A few parts, like the buckles and collar were separate parts and were set on the darkest engrave setting. The dog was engraved using the medium setting. I think there were LOTS of nodes on the outline of the boy. The back had quite a few pinhole burn marks from the deep score. I’d bring the levels down a bit if doing it again. This was done in two passes. Since the actual graphic was already saved, I just uploaded the SVG, set my preferred scores and engraves and ran it. The score and engrave took 3min and 35sec. I then drew a quick box with cut corners in Affinity Designer and scaled down a copy for the inset score line. The inner line being off was my fault. It was already getting late, so I didn’t bother to tweak it before exporting it to be cut. I placed it, set the cut and score lines for the Proofgrade and 37sec later it popped out. I know I’ll do something on a bigger scale with this graphic.
That’s it for today. I played around with cutting card stock and had some good results cutting larger pieces of heavy card. Need to work on getting it to not move around due to air assist for delicate cuts. I think some extra thought when designing the graphic will help and I’ll be trying that later on.