Using JobControl X markers is a very easy way to position jobs and to reliably align jobs, when identical items need to be engraved with different designs.
The first use for the markers is to mark the precise location of the crosshairs in JobControl. This is done by clicking “Plate” then going down to the option called “Marker to laser”. Alternatively you can press the “F8” button on your keyboard for this same function.
Here you can see the result of pressing the “F8” button, it has created a marker at the center position of the crosshair. This allows you to now accuretly position jobs from the job queue at this point, just like you would with the crosshairs.
If you double click the marker it will bring up this dialog box. You can now check that the X and Y positions are to your liking. These values can be edited and when you click “Ok” the position of the marker will update. You can also delete the marker by clicking “Delete” in the same dialog box.
As you can see here, you are now able to snap jobs to the marker. Here we have snapped a job to the marker at the top left position.
And here we have snapped the job to the center. This is useful if you have a jig made for the items you are engraving, where the design can change. The center of your material will always be in the same spot, but the design might grow, so snapping your job to the center of the marker is a smart way to fix this.
Also, you are NOT limited to one marker, you can place markers all over the page to help you align your jobs just the way you like.
Lastly, you can also create a marker at the job position. You do this by first having your job selected, then clicking “Plate” from the top menu, then clicking on “Marker to job”. This will place a marker at the top left corner of the selected job.
As you can see here, there is now a marker placed at the top left corner of our job. This is a great feature as you can now move or delete the job and the marker will stay in its set position. Now you can place a new job where the old job used to be.
That’s it for now…
Catch ya next time!