Ridin' With Rio

Ten Random Glowforge Tips and Tricks

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Ten Random Glowforge Tips and Tricks

  Worrying about cents will cost you dollars. Trying to forego material testing so as to not waste a few cents of material will cost you dollars in the long run. Using a material test template like this will save you lots of frustration. Tip: If you use one material for one type of project a lot, for example you picked up one of our DIY Puzzle Kits, make your test cuts using a representative sample of the design, like this 3x5" puzzle template.  Use colors in your design software to order operations automatically: The order of operations in the app...

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Glowforge Projects: How to Prepare a Photo Engrave Using Photoshop and Engraving on the Glowforge Laser Cutter

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Glowforge Projects: How to Prepare a Photo Engrave Using Photoshop and Engraving on the Glowforge Laser Cutter

If you're here, you are probably wondering how to get the best photo engrave out of your Glowforge 3D Laser Printer / Cutter. And you're in the right place, because, besides cutting jigsaw puzzles, engraving photos keeps my machine busy. (A glimpse into the crystal ball, my next project will be bringing to market 3D engraved and hand painted puzzles.) 

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The Blissful Blanco (River) - A Blanco State Park Chronicle Entry

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The Blissful Blanco (River) - A Blanco State Park Chronicle Entry

Dear Diary Chronicle,

Rio and I officially rolled out on the road. After much debate, we set our sights on Blanco State Park. I'd like to say that we drove and drove, but the reality is that I left him at my mom's house (just to pick up later in the day - he takes a while to say goodbye), picked the trailer up at storage, and slowly cruised 45 miles westward. 

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It Was a Toad Strangler

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It Was a Toad Strangler

A gully-washer, a turd-floater, rainin' monkeys... you get the idea, right?

If not, it rained like hell. And then it kept raining some more - just for good measure.

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Sittin' Around the Campfire

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Sittin' Around the Campfire

Is there much of anything that is better than sitting around a campfire? Even if it's a smoking, sputtering, popping (popping, not pooping!) fire of green, unseasoned oak, that you pray actually catches? It just enhances whatever you might be doing - whether that's socializing in a loose ring of camp chairs strewn around the fire (as long as you're not the one that is the smoke magnet), playing on your phone, telling ghost stories, cooking smores, or even writing on your laptop.  Sometimes I feel as if I like to do things the hard way... like using green oak...

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