Raster engraving is a simple, yet effective way to design. By using common JPEG images, we will be able to experiment with rastering engraving techniques to create photorealistic engravings. In this lesson, we will focus on using Retina Engrave to import, edit, and run our files. By using this powerful software, we will learn to adjust our image size, engraving styles, laser settings, and more.
Before powering on your laser, ensure that your workspace is free of fire, electrical and other safety hazards. Always be aware of all safety precautions when cutting materials with a laser.
Verify that your laser is connected to a computer by using the included ethernet cable.
For any additional setup or troubleshooting, reference your user manual for details
When the boot cycle completes, locate the unique IP address for your machine. For Muse, the wired IP will be listed in the bottom right corner of the touchscreen. To access the wireless IP, go to Settings>Network. For all other machines, use the IP address that appears in the main screen after the boot cycle.
Type this unique number into any web browser. We recommend Google Chrome for best results.
*Speed settings determine how quickly the laser head will move. For faster engravings, 100% is ideal. Lowering the speed will allow you to create deeper engravings as it allows the laser beam to be in contact with the material for a longer period of time.
*Power relates to the output of the laser tube. A 100% power setting will create a deeper engraving while lower settings will create more surface level engravings.
*Relative positioning is relative to the laser head. The red dot from the laser will be considered the top left corner of an image. This makes positioning easier without the use of the Muse camera system.
*Absolute positioning is the default mode and will directly translate the object’s location on the computer workspace to the respective location on the laser bed. Absolute positioning is ideal when using the camera system. We will learn more about the camera feature in lesson 5.
What We Learned
Materials: 1/8" Wood
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