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Recommended Settings and Tips

As fellow crafters we understand the stress related to finding the right settings to work with your material. We strive to find products that can be used with the proofgrade settings, to do this we test every product before adding it to our shelves. If you do not see a recommended setting on this page, check the item description! Feel free to reach out to us for any clarification you may need, we are always here to help! As a reminder these are recommended settings and results could vary. As always when cutting new material remember to "test" a small circle or square first!

1/16" Acrylic 
This acrylic is already masked with paper masking for you! Masking helps prevent burn marks on your acrylic. You can use 250/Full to cut this thickness. You can also use 1000 Speed Full Power 270 Lines Per Inch to engrave

 1/8 “ Acrylic (Color, Clear, Fluorescent, Translucent)
This acrylic is already masked with paper masking for you! Masking helps prevent burn marks on your acrylic.  You can use the proofgrade setting for Medium Black Acrylic. You can use e6000, 3M double-sided adhesive sheets,or WeldOn to glue pieces of acrylic together. (Tip: If you plan on painting the engraved area on your acrylic, leave your masking tape on, go over it with a paint pen, let it dry, then remove your masking tape!)
 
1/4 “ Acrylic (Color, Clear, Fluorescent, Translucent)
This acrylic is already masked with paper masking for you! Masking helps prevent burn marks on your acrylic.  You can use the proofgrade setting for Thick Black Acrylic. You can use e6000, 3M double-sided adhesive sheets,or WeldOn to glue pieces of acrylic together. (Tip: If you plan on painting the engraved area on your acrylic, leave your masking tape on, go over it with a paint pen, let it dry, then remove your masking tape!)

1/8 “ Mirror Acrylic  
We recommend removing the clear plastic on your mirror acrylic and masking both sides of the acrylic. Masking both sides of the acrylic will prevent the silver backing from getting damaged. When cutting or engraving we like to put the silver side up and mirror our design. You can use the proofgrade setting for Medium Black Acrylic. You can use e6000, 3M double-sided adhesive sheets, but NEVER use WeldOn on mirror acrylic it will melt it!
 
1/8” Glitter Acrylic  
Our glitter acrylic is masked with a protective plastic. You will need to remove the plastic and mask it. When you get ready to cut or engrave your design, we recommend using the proofgrade Medium Black Acrylic setting. Some glitters may require 2 passes.
 
Flexibrass 
Flexibrass is a flexible metal looking plastic that is laser safe. Flexibrass is thin enough to cut with your scissors, so you can choose to put the whole sheet in your bed or just a small section. Before putting the material in your bed you will need to remove the clear plastic covering on the front. The material should go color side up. This material is also light weight, so using honeycomb pins to hold it in place is a must.You will need to change your focus point to .20. We recommended cutting flexibrass at a speed of 430 and power of 100 setting. When engraving flexibrass we recommend you use a speed of 1000 and power of 30. Engraving flexibrass will show the color on the backside, which is often black. 

1/8” Hardwood Plywood  
We recommend masking both sides of your plywood to reduce burn marks. Make sure to change your focus point to .196 (confirm this by using a caliper) and cut using a speed of 200 and full power.

1/4” Baltic Birch
We recommend masking both sides of your plywood to reduce burn marks. Make sure to change your focus point to .250 (confirm this by using a caliper) and cut using a speed of 165 and full power, and use two passes.