Engraving Multiple Products 1 at a Time

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Phil Creasey
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Engraving Multiple Products 1 at a Time

Post by Phil Creasey »

Hi,

I want to engrave several products one after another, not all in one go, this will improve speed, and also if there is a mistake I can spot it before I've ruined lots of input stock.

So this is what I want:
Engrave design, move 100mm left and repeat 7 times.

Is this possible with RDWorks? if so please point me in the right direction.

If I repeat the design on the screen before uploading, it engraves it as a single block, even if its several separate bitmaps.

I could repeat the design 7 times setting the power and speed slightly different each time, but that would be a pain.

Hope that all makes sense

Thanks
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Re: Engraving Multiple Products 1 at a Time

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RD works has a setting where it will engrave each letter separately but that would be very slow. I would normally engrave the first one for a proof and then engrave all the rest with the first on omitted [in Lightburn change the proof to a tool layer so it would not engrave again]. Otherwise each copy would be a different layer and they would engrave in the order the layers are arranged.
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Post by sebastien laforet »

in RDworks, the only way is to set a different color/layer for each group. with 7 products, it is still feasible. the tedious part is setting power/speed on each.

you can use Lightburn, which allows to "group" designs, and in the optimize settings, you can set the layer to either burn everything in one go, or to burn each group separately. in this case, you just have to "group", then copy/paste or use the array tool, and burn with only one setting.
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Re: Engraving Multiple Products 1 at a Time

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Gene Uselman wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:29 am RD works has a setting where it will engrave each letter separately but that would be very slow. I would normally engrave the first one for a proof and then engrave all the rest with the first on omitted [in Lightburn change the proof to a tool layer so it would not engrave again]. Otherwise each copy would be a different layer and they would engrave in the order the layers are arranged.
I could not find the setting, do you know what menu its on?
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Re: Engraving Multiple Products 1 at a Time

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sebastien laforet wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:35 pm in RDworks, the only way is to set a different color/layer for each group. with 7 products, it is still feasible. the tedious part is setting power/speed on each.
This is what I did, the engraving went from 41 minutes to 17 minutes (there is a lot of dead space between products) so well worth the effort, but its going to be a pain, as RDworks is all new to me I may well give Lightburn a whirl (Previously a Lasercut user)
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Re: Engraving Multiple Products 1 at a Time

Post by Eric Adams »

I don't know enough about RDWorks to tell you how/why, but my machine engraves/cuts by group. It uses layer order, per group, and finishes all layers per group before proceeding to the next group. This sounds like what you're wanting? It even works this way with the array function.
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