Vector engraving, often referred to as “scoring,” is a process where the file to be printed is a graphic file consisting of vectors (lines and curves of a geometry), marked as hairlines in the graphics.
When the file is imported from the chosen graphics program to the JobControl® laser software, the outline is identified as vector engraving. Vector by vector is traced by the laser and then laser engraved. The axles move simultaneously and slower when vector engraving than when raster engraving.
The process itself is the same as in laser cutting; the difference being the power setting. When a low power setting is chosen, the line is “scored” as laser engraving, while higher power settings produce vector cuts.
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