Question about the laser engraving speeds. I just staretd with engraving with the printer I got last week.
I’m engraving (ply)wood right now, a 10x10 cm square with my 200 mW laser module that came with the machine. I made an image using powerpoint, and turned that into a .png. It contains text and shapes, if that matters. I’d say 80% of the surface is still empty, the rest is text and lines of shapes.
I made the Gcode based on the vector option, but with 20 fill in the editor because I my gut says that it’s the most accurate one (don’t know much about it really) and gives black filled in text and thick lines. Using the snapmaker laser guide I found settings 1000 working speed and 1000 jog.
It works, the image looks nice. Except it takes a LONG time. Easily over an hour for a 10x10 cm area. Is this normal? What are the things I can do to increase the speed?
Now the thing I came up with: getting the 1600 mW module. I imagined that it would go faster with it. Looking at the guide from snapmaker, they suggest for the same material working and jog speed of 1500 also at 100% power. Is this accurate? Only a 50% speed increase with a module with 8x the power? It seems counter-intuitive. Also, I read somewhere that a new laser is in development. That would be interesting.
Any tips on speeding this up are appreciated!