In order for a Jig to work, there has to be a specific process. Ignore the camera all together - many lasers don’t even have a camera and successfully cut perfectly aligned engraves using a jig.
If you want your engraves perfectly aligned when using a jig, follow these directions.
Step 1: Lay down Material.
Either Cardboard or MDF.
For corrugated cardboard, like ULine 0.15" Amazon boxes:
Step 2: Use Hold Down Pins. Make sure it is secure and will not move when you take the pieces that cut out
Step 3: Open File on Dashboard, "Set Focus" in the middle of the area you will be placing the design. You will only Set Focus this one time.
Step 4: Move the Jig File Position to where you want it. The jig AND the artwork must be on the SAME SVG. If you are trying to line up or stack files, this will be an issue. Make sure the jig and the artwork are different colors in your design. The jig must always be a part of the artwork also, that’s how the jig works.
Step 5: Ignore all engraves. Make only the cut active. Print the File.
Step 6: After it runs, hit dismiss print. Open the top. Remove the piece that you cut and don’t move anything. Use tape or exacto knife to remove only the cut sections. Be careful NOT TO MOVE the Jig in the process (Or leave them in place and run your engrave on it to be 100% sure until you have confidence in this process)
Step 7: Put the piece you want to engrave in the area of the cut you removed, (Either your actual product or the cut out you just removed. Print the file
Step 8: Ignore the cut that you previously had as active. Activate the Engraves you previously had ignored.
Step 9: Hit Print. Everything should be perfectly aligned as it engraves. If you have more items that are the exact same, you can keep engraving them over an over by starting back at step 7 using the same jig.
If the items or engrave changes, you should load a new jig with that artwork and begin again.
Optional Files have sayings already in them for you to use ! Initial Settings for engraving pencils and erasers are included in the "Read Me" File. The 36 Sayings Include: (Various Fonts):
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