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Recommended Cut Settings

Link to Cut Settings PDF

You can select a Glowforge material close to what you are cutting, but that may or may not work. Or it may be a slower speed than you really need and so causes unnecessary amount of scorching. So it is best to use our recommended settings. These have worked well with our Glowforge Basic. As part of our Product Details page you will see our test cuts. This is a series of circles or squares all cut at full power and various speeds. We still recommend a small test cut be done in a corner before cutting a large print. If the test cut does not cut, slow the speed by 5 or 10 and recut. Alternatively it may be that you need to clean mirrors or check confirm you Focus Height. If you ever have trouble cutting at these settings, please alert us so we can test it further. We want these to be up to date for all users.


Glowforge Cut Settings: All cuts are with Full Power, Single Pass. Focus Height is Thickness (in) and GF Speed custom printer head speed
Thickness (inch) Thickness (mm) GF Speed
1/4th Single Side
1/4 Walnut 1 side 0.19 4.9 150
1/4 Cherry 1 side 0.19 4.9 140
1/4 Maple 1 side 0.18 4.7 135
1/4 White Oak 1 side 0.19 4.9 135
1/4 Aromatic Cedar 1 side 0.22 5.7 125
1/4  Mahogan-African 1 side 0.19 4.9 145
1/4 Red Oak 1 side 0.20 5.1 135
1/4th Double Side
1/4 Walnut 2 side 0.23 5.9 130
1/4 Cherry 2 side 0.23 5.9 125
1/4 Maple 2 side 0.23 5.9 125
1/4 Wormy Maple 0.25 6.3 125
1/4 Red Oak 2 side 0.22 5.7 125
1/4 White Oak 2 side 0.24 6.1 120
1/4 Knotty Pine 2 side 0.23 5.9 130
1/4 Alder 2 side 0.23 5.9 130
1/4 Knotty Alder 2 side 0.24 6.1 120
1/4 Ash 2 side 0.22 5.7 125
1/4 Beech 2 side 0.23 5.9 120
1/4 Vertical Grain Fir 2 side 0.23 5.9 135
1/4 Bamboo 2 side 0.24 6.1 125
1/4 Mahogany-African 2 side 0.22 5.7 130
1/4 Sapele 2 side 0.23 5.9 130
1/4  Hickory-Rustic 2 side 0.24 6.1 120
1/8th Double Side
1/8 Walnut 2 side 0.12 3.1 190
1/8 Cedar-Aromatic 2 side 0.14 3.7 180
1/8 Cherry 2 side 0.12 3.1 190
1/8 Maple 2 side 0.13 3.4 180
1/8 Red Oak 2 side 0.13 3.4 180
1/8 White Oak 2 side 0.12 3.1 185
1/8 Knotty Pine 2 side 0.14 3.7 160
1/8 Mahogany 2 side 0.13 3.4 200
1/8 Sapaele 2 side 0.12 3.1 195
1/8 Hickory-Rustic 2 side 0.13 3.4 170
1/8 Bamboo 2 side 0.14 3.7 170
Other Woods
1/8 MDF 0.12 3.1 195
1/4 MDF 0.23 6.0 140
1/8th Bender Board 0.10 2.6 245
1/4th Bender Board 0.20 5.1 170
1/8th Marine 0.13 3.4 155
1/4th Marine 0.24 6.3 100 double pass
1/8th Baltic Birch 0.12 3.1 220
1/4th Baltic Birch 0.23 6.0 135
Melamine-White 2 side 0.24 6.3 120
Melamine-Black 2 side 0.24 6.3 130
Melamine-Fox Teakwood 0.24 6.3 130
Melamine-Alabama Cherry 0.25 6.5 125
Melamine-Nautral Maple 0.24 6.3 125
Exotic Woods
Bubinga 1/4th 0.28 7.2 115
Padauk 1/4th 0.28 7.2 115
Zebrawood 1/4th 0.28 7.2 115
Wenge 1/4th 0.29 7.4 115
Cardboard
1/4th inch Kraft 0.25 6.4 200
1/8th inch Kraft 0.15 4.0 400
1/8th inch White 0.15 4.0 400
Wood Veneer with or without 3M backing
all wood veneers 0.03 0.8 500
Mat Board
Pink Leather Suede 0.05 1.3 435
Swamp Green Suede 0.50 1.2 240
all other mat boards 0.05 1.3 480
Shell Veneers with or without 3M backing
all shell veneers 0.01 0.3 500
Acrylic
Azure Fuscia 0.10 2.6 140
Blusch Punch, Acrtic Ice Cracked Crystal and Piscachio Mint 0.10 2.6 185
all other actylics 0.10 2.6 170