Muse is designed to create the easiest, fastest workflow of any hobby laser on the market. For some, confusion comes when power, speed and other settings are required, often because the operator doesn’t understand how they differ depending on whether they are raster (engraving) or vector (cutting) settings. So let’s take a look at each one to better understand your laser settings. This blog will be a two-part series. First we looked at settings for engraving and now we will examine vector settings.
Vector Color (Tag)
Tags allow you to create separate vector layers and keep track of them with a unique color. Each color will match an object in the work screen. You can set the order of operations by clicking on the “three dots” and then dragging the layer up or down. Objects are then processed from top to bottom or bottom to top, depending on your settings. The following video shows tags in action.
Setting Vector Speed
Speed settings determine how quickly the laser head will move. When vector cutting, speed can generally be on the slower end of things as you want to give the laser enough time to cut through the material. If the laser is not cutting all the way through the material, you can lower the speed. for better results. You can also add extra passes (see below).
Setting Vector Power
Power will determine how much power the laser tube delivers. As with speed, power will vary depending on the wattage of the laser tube and the material itself. You will need to experiment with material testing to find the right speed for your vector cuts.
Setting Vector Current
Vector current is a control unique to vector files. Vector current controls the pulse of the laser. 100% will create constant power for smooth cutting, while lower percentages will add increasingly more off time between pulses. If your laser is cutting through but leaving lots of char on wood, then try lowering the current for a more amber-colored edge.
This allows the operator to assign how many times the laser will complete a full cycle. Adding passes creates deeper cuts. Note that if you delete a vector line (by clicking “-“), set passes to “0” first.
As always, settings will vary with your tube wattage and type of material. It’s best to test on an inconspicuous part of your material before creating your final piece. Once optimal results are discovered for speed, power and current, through material testing, record the settings for
each in a materials log.
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