Laser cutting materiale template

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Laser cutting materiale template by Noloxs Mar 18, 2015


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A simple way of showcasing different possibilities with a laser cutter:

  • 20 engraving shades
  • 3 straight line flex cuts
  • 2 parabolic shape flex cuts
  • 10 square and circular cut sizes
  • 6 font size tests


Before cutting make sure that the file is adapted to the settings used by your own laser cutter (This file is made for the Universal Laser Systems VLS 6.60 laser cutter). When the file is adapted change it to have the material that you plan to cut and its settings written in the respective fields.
NOTE: You may need to cut a few tests before you get the settings just right, but that is the idea :) just remember to always adjust the settings in the file.

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Hello, I just received my glowforge a few days ago and have been looking forward to using your design to get a base for what it can do. I seem to be having a problem tho with the SVG file when I open it in inkscape. I have version 2.7.11. When I open it, its just a back rectangle with some of the wheel showing. Im not able to edit the jpeg you have. I was wondering if you know of something I am doing wrong? Thank you for the help and the file.

See below, have redrawn, hit me up if you need it.

I'm still waiting on my Glowforge to arrive in the next few weeks.

If you go into Inkscape and under View->Display mode, set it to outline and you can then see the pattern.

I'm not great with Inkscape but I just found out that you can leave the display on normal and change the Fill to No Fill for the main object. The design shows up perfectly that way.


I have a GF Pro. I have redrawn the design in Corel Draw already to fix a few other issues i had with the template. Message me on GF Forums (fineclonier) and I can send my redrawn version.

Great test part, thanks for sharing it!

Noloxs, first thanks! great job. If you would consider . adding a toothed section. for doing toothed joints. I find I spend a lot of time tweaking joints for different thickness plastics. this would entail having to have a second piece. to test the fit. but once you have one your set... for that thickness material.
I hope I explained this properly.

That sounds like that could be a great addition to the template.

I will try to think of a way to integrate it with the current design.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts

Thank you so very much for this. Seriously you are the best. Thanks!

You are very welcome

excellent contribution!!

I cannot open or import any of the files in Inkscape 0.92, does anyone have it in a SVG format that actually works for inkscape?

Wow looks great. I will definitely make this soon.

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If your company is just going to steal my design for yourself without respecting the license.

At least don't act as if it is your design when I ask you to take it down.

Thank you for posting the jpg files

Trying to get this to work in RD Works (chinese laser cutter software) but with no luck. The system just wants to cut everything. Any assistance on the settings would be great as there are over 70 layers so far.


It sounds like you are not defining your cut and engrave lines correctly.
I do not have any experience with that specific laser cutter.

However you can try the following steps:

  • Verify that the laser cutter supports raster engraving.
  • Through trial and error find the correct cutting settings for your material
  • Through trial and error find the correct engraving settings for your material
  • Finally apply these settings to the models cutting and engraving parts

Hope this can help you move forward.
Best Regards

Ended up just remaking the engraving section to be small rectangles and not the circle. Works great now :D

I'm using the same software on a Boss laser. Could you share the file that you modified so I don't have to go through and fix the layers? greatly appreciated!

A boss laser uses a crappy chinese program? wow.. I can send you the rd works file, email me? [email protected]

It uses laserworks, which is basically the same thing as far as i can tell. Works well, just gotta get used to some odd error messages every once in a while and be able to read between the lines. haha, but i do really like our machine!

We just got a brand new Epilog and I will be giving it a test run on this template this week. Thank you for posting. This will be great!

A lot of our members have been looking for this type of test file for the laser. You have done a wonderful job on it. Would it be ok to post a link to this page from our facebook group " Laser Engraving and Cutting " https://www.facebook.com/groups/441613082637047/

Sure. Im just glad others could benefit from it :)

Great job! Just what I was looking for.