Laser Cutter

The laser cutter is from Full Spectrum Engineering, and has a usable cutting area of 24" by 18". It is driven by the RetinaEngrave software which is available as a free download from Full Spectrum Engineering.

RetinaEngrave

While this software can be a bit frustrating, we'll always be there to help you get your laser cut project complete! Here's some tips that will help you get there:

Double Sided Laser Engraving

Remember the cardinal rule of RetinaEngrave. The internet will tell you you can make a design on separate layers of a graphics file, and print them separately into RE and they will line up. The internet lies, or, SynShop's version of the software is not that version.

Working with Adobe Illustrator and RetinaEngrave

Adobe Illustrator is a fairly common vector art tool, but its not available at SynShop. The computer hooked up to the laser cutter has both CorelDraw and Inkscape on it if you are familiar with either, though as an Illustrator user I found both to be lacking in features I needed and confusing. Both of those programs seem to print reasonably well into RetinaEngrave via the Full Spectrum driver, but AI seems to have issues.

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