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Glowforge Basics

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Manual Settings

If you decide to use materials not supplied by Glowforge, you will need to enter the settings for the laser yourself. We are slowly building our own recommendation list for custom settings below. If you’re not sure what settings to use for your material, we will try and help you find out.

We recommend bringing extra of your material so you can do some tests to make sure your final project comes out as best it can.

Suggested Settings for Acrylic

  • 1/16″ Thick Acrylic: CUT: Power- FULL  Speed-180; ENGRAVE: Power- FULL  Speed-1000
  • 1/8″ Thick Acrylic: CUT: Power- FULL  Speed-160; ENGRAVE: Power- FULL  Speed-1000
  • 3/16″ Thick Acrylic: CUT: Power- FULL  Speed-135; ENGRAVE: Power- FULL  Speed-1000
  • 1/4″ Thick Acrylic: CUT: Power- FULL  Speed-110; ENGRAVE: Power- FULL  Speed-1000

Suggested Settings for Plywood

  • 1/8″ Thick Baltic Birch Plywood: CUT: Power- FULL  Speed-200; ENGRAVE: Different speed/power combinations give you different results (see image for examples).

Photo of different Baltic Birch test patches engraved at various power and speed settings on the Glowforge.
Example of engraving results at various power & speed settings on Baltic Birch.
Photo of various power settings for photo engraving at 500 speed and lines per inch of either 225 or 450 on Baltic Birch.
Example of various power settings for photo print at 500 speed and either 225 or 450 lines per inch.

Suggested Setting for Ceramic Tile

Ceramic Tile can only be etched. This burns away the glaze and you can use ink to make the etched portion “pop”. Etchings work best with a high DPI/LPI. You want to use full power and can try varying the speed, but we have found 1000 speed to work fine.

  • Ceramic Tile – Engrave only: POWER: Full; SPEED: 1000

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