Hi I’m making chess sets by laser engraving on wood veneers. I have a few FILL layers first, then I score the lines by a LINE layer and a final LINE layer to cut the square veneer. Looks something like this:
I achieve that one thick line effect by scoring 3 lines (0.2mm between them). But after sanding and putting a finish on, especially on darker wood like walnut, the lines are not as clear as I want. I tried to do 5 lines (0.2mm between) but job time increases. Now it looks something like this:
I tried to run the FILL layers first, then lower the bed manually a few mm, run the 3 line scoring, then move the bed to the original height manually and run the last LINE layer for cutting. Seems the lines got darker because of the defocusing.
I’m using a Sunlight Laser machine with a Ruida controller at a local makerspace. I didn’t want to mess up their configs or machine so wanted to ask here first. If I change the scoring line layer Z offset a 5mm out, and I can focus the head manually before the job, then will the machine do the fill at manual focused height, table moves 5mm down, does the scoring with thicker lines, then moves back 5mm up automatically and does the last cut line layer. Is that possible with this machine and controller? Do I have to just Enable Z axis in Settings and the layer Z offset to 5mm out and I’ll be good?
Also if you have any recommendations for making the lines thicker and darker (without burning through the wood veneer) please let me know! Thanks!