There’s such a lot of great advice here To add a little something to the mix is trying a slight de-focus. You can maintain power and speed settings, just take the focus off perfect especially with a shorter focal length lens.
Everything else is also relevant and especially the acrylic type. The cast is slightly more expensive but returns consistency in buckets.
I’m with Jeff on this - masking causes more issues than it solves
Not just the acrylic type but the brand can have the biggest effect
I have two sheets of extruded ‘acrylic’ of the same thickness and they behave completely differently - one is pmma, the other is a mystery - probably pmma, but a very different composition
The branded, known one, I bought from the sign supplies in NZ is consistent, the one I bought in Asia from a plastics warehouse is incapable of a decent engraving and I keep it for cutting only. I have one sheet left which will be gone soon
Thank you so much everyone for good advices, I’m amazed, really.
I am working on sheets of extruded acrylic, that’s for sure, as it seems quite impossible to source cast mirror acrylic (I’m in Italy, by the way). I will try all your very precious advices this weekend, as I have the machine at my parent’s house.
And yes, I confirm, I’m with a Reci W4 tube. About this, I have a doubt: I’m not running it above 60% power, manual says to keep it under 24-26mA to extend its life.
At first use, I started at 5% power and increased until mA gauge reached that limit (at 60% power). am I doing it right?
I also noticed that tube won’t fire if power is set less than 9-10%.