ArtEngine Laser Specs

Andrew was mentioning the Pokono rules which would be a great standard for us to use.

He also mentioned…

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Line stroke colors (aka vector cuts and engraved lines):

All lines used in your design must have these specific RGB color values:

• Cutting lines: Blue – R:0, G:0, B:255
• Heavy vector engraving lines: Red – R:255, G:0, B:0
• Medium vector engraving lines: Green – R:0, G:255, B:0
• Light vector engraving lines: Magenta – R:255, G:0, B:255
If you are using lines for raster engraving, these must have either a black or gray stroke color with consistent RGB values (such as R:128, G:128, B:128 or R:230, G:230, B:230, etc).

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They also use Orange for comments, instructions and other non-lasered mark-up – R:246, G:146, B:30

We’ll need to capture to our wiki some look-up tables of Power+Speed+Frequency settings per material for the Epilog driver.

The left-hand side menu at that Ponoko page links to some “starter kit” templates you can use for Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Inkscape. We should probably adapt one set of them to our Zing24 bounds to design within.

Fire the Laser!

I’m just down at ArtEngine where there’s some laser hacking going on. We’ve got the new Epilog 30 running.

It’s very nice. It runs from a printer driver that can interpret content into raster, vector and mixed.

We had a bit of trouble on the first vector cut from Inkscape and it seemed the problem went away when we exported to PDF and processed that.