I have a Glowforge Pro-- the fastest one. I received a customer request for learning to trace the alphabet and words. Unsure which settings would be best, I tried some settings first. There’s a rumor going around that you can defocus your materials by .2" or .3" to make your engrave pop.
How to Defocus:
- Arrange your vectors where you’d like
- Auto focus your material
- Increase “auto focus number”. It will say ‘auto’ in the box form. My material is .125, I increased it to .325.
I did not see a huge difference other than shadows created for the defocus settings.
I chose to score my design because it is 8 minutes to score, while 45 minutes to engrave (and there were 4 more sheets, that I needed to make).
The bigger, noticeable difference came about with masking vs unmasking.
This design is reversed, so you don’t trace over the indentions. I unmasked (removed the taped) on the side I would score on. The back was an easy peal, after scoring.
I’m very happy with the results and it was cool to put to the test the defocus rumors. I found unmasking was the factor that came into play. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.