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3 Modes of Laser Processing, Explained

Discover the different modes of laser processing.

Certain print drivers have three options for laser processing different types of jobs:

  1. Raster Mode: Used for engraving or marking materials. Typical applications include engraving clipart, scanned images, photos, text, and graphic images. Vector lines that you want to engrave rather than cut should be set 0.006 of an inch (0.152 mm) or greater line thickness.
  2. Vector Mode: Selected when you are running only cut lines, or for use with the Red Dot Pointer (Epilog systems) when previewing the job processing area. In vector mode, a line is recognized as cut line based on the line width (or stroke). To make things easy, set any cut lines to a line width of 0.001 of an inch (.0254 mm), or hairline width in CorelDraw.
  3. Combined Mode: Used when you engrave and cut in the same job. The laser will always engrave first, then follow with the vector cutting mode.

-Amy Dallman, Epilog Laser

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Amy Dallman

Epilog Laser

Amy Dallman is the marketing communications specialist for Epilog Laser. In this role, she creates a variety of content including blog posts, sample club instructions, eNewsletters, and more.

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