I am using the snapmaker laser for the first time and am testing some settings with the wood material which came with the snapmaker.
First I tested some laser power with the moon and stars you see in the image. The first moon was 100% laser power and the last one which you can’t even see was 10% laser power. Then I decided which of the blacks I liked (50% power and 40% power) and lasered 2 gradients with it.
The gradients in my file go from 100% black to 10% black (not even visible). And the difference in color showed me I don’t even have to bother with tones in the 100-50% range because they roughly look the same. This gave me only 3 colors to work with in my final image really… I wonder how the snapmaker team got such incredible results with their laser engraved gradient showcase pieces? You now we all want the result of their cat and owl images…
Well I colored my image accordingly and I got a barely human readable version off of it but it “prints” really different so in the image you can not see such difference in the round fruits vs the leaves but in the print you can tell.
I drew this image myself. If anyone wants to use it for non commercial personal projects: go ahead This image is meant to go on to a tea box. It shows cornflowers and mangosteen because these are the ingredients of the tea.
The settings I decided to print on were the follwing:
The print needed around 6 hours and I think this is a really long time for a 10x10 cm piece. Any advice on where to cut time is appreciated.
The final test result looks like this and today I am going to print it onto the tea boxes lid.
I still do not have any idea how to mount the lid to the laser bed though… Maybe I will try double sided tape… Since I do not have any space to put clamps or tape it down from above because the motif should almost go to the edge with a 3mm white border or something. I will update this post when it is finished.
I encourage you all to test you materials and settings a lot and post about your findings. It makes us a great community