Rest is important! If they don’t get it, give them a sign.
Safety First: Ensure workspace is free of fire, electrical and other safety hazards. Be aware of all safety issues when cutting materials with a laser. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand
Power on the laser and all of its components.
Ensure that: - The laser is powered and the boot up cycle begins on the screen. - The cooling system is connected properly and water is flowing through the tube. - The air compressor is powered and exhausting air to the laser head. - The exhaust system is on and vented into a safe location.
Connect to RetinaEngrave 2.0 software using your machine’s touch screen to copy the software IP address into your favorite browser. The Wired IP address is displayed at the bottom of your touch screen.
Import your design and adjust power and speed settings. Double check settings including the number of passes and cut order.
Insert material into the laser bed. Use the focus tool to adjust to the top of the material. Focusing should be done each time a new material is introduced.
Use the “Perimeter” function to ensure that the file will fit within the cutting area. Adjust accordingly.
Run the job file. Do not leave a job running unattended.
Import the included files and cut all the pieces from their respective materials. This file contains vector cuts, vector markings, and rasters.
If you want good contrast on your engravings you can mask your wood prior to engraving and paint afterwards.
By leaving the masking on your wood the engraving makes a great stencil to be painted over. The best way to keep the paint from running is to use light coats and the right paint. We suggest rubberized spray paint as it works best.
After removing the masking you can see the contrast!