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Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« on: August 27, 2018, 03:59:36 PM »
Good afternoon.

I dropped by the local wood supply store and picked up some sample stock of the following types.
If someone has practical experience engraving these and would help me out with some suggested
T2 Software settings so I don't waste time and wood, I'd really appreciate it.  I have a 200mw laser.
Thanks.

Wood types:
Poplar
Maple
Knotty Alder (but it looks clear)
Cherry
Spanish Cedar
Peruvian Walnut

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Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 04:34:17 PM »
Good afternoon.

I dropped by the local wood supply store and picked up some sample stock of the following types.
If someone has practical experience engraving these and would help me out with some suggested
T2 Software settings so I don't waste time and wood, I'd really appreciate it.  I have a 200mw laser.
Thanks.

Wood types:
Poplar
Maple
Knotty Alder (but it looks clear)
Cherry
Spanish Cedar
Peruvian Walnut

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Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 05:20:36 PM »
Yes, I looked at that part of the forum, but it seems to deal mainly in cutting.  I'm looking to do simple engraving.
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Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 06:11:31 PM »
200mw is not a very common etching tool., expect to do lots of test cuts. Burn effect is function of focus, laser power, material, and time spent at a location. I would guess that at 100% power your speeds will need to be in the 40mm/min range. I found that the local cabinet shop has a scrap pile of pretty nice plywood. Most of it is 3 x 48 inch but price is right.
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Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2018, 08:28:51 PM »
Also, pay attention to the direction of the grain. If you're not cutting, then you'll want each burn line that runs with the grain to look like each burn line that runs against the grain. The speed and/or laser power will be different to get the same look. Do your test burns and keep a record of what settings are needed to produce your desired results.

As an FYI, the BenCutLaser (BCL) software allows you to create a laser tool for each type of wood that you have. Each laser tool can be adjusted to burn up/down and left/right (individually) to get the same visual look for a surface line burn. Once you set your laser tool for that specific type of wood, you can just select and reuse that tool on the same wood type in the future.

You'll want to also check out the T2 Laser software. You can find BCL and T2 in the Software section of this forum.
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Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2018, 08:33:38 PM »
Thanks, I have the T2 software already.  I'll check out the other.  I just ordered a new
EleksMaker A3 Pro, which should allow me to have more control over what I'm doing.
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Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2018, 04:28:15 AM »
Is your laser really 200mW?

If so, you will need to use very low feed rates.

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Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2018, 07:51:53 AM »

Actually 2000mw.  Two-wire.  But I just ordered an EleksMaker A3 Pro 2500mw.
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Re: Wood Types and Suggested Settings
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2018, 11:23:14 AM »
I've had good results with the EleksMaker lasers, they seem to be one of the better value options.