It should be said early on that you will need to create a specific laser tool for a specific engraving job, on a specific kind of wood. Each laser tool gets calibrated and therefore very optimized to do one specific kind of engraving job.
For example, you’ll learn that you can set your laser tool to burn in one of three directions: up/down, 45 degrees or left/right. Which direction gives you the best results will depend on the type of wood and the grain direction of the wood. BCL provides you with a lot of capability to find this out.
In addition to those three burn directions, you can also specify that your laser tool burn Bi-Directional or Uni-Directional. I will have more to say on this later on in this users manual. But for now, realize once you set and choose these settings for your laser tool and it’s been calibrated, you cannot change it without re-calibrating the laser tool.
If I wanted to create and calibrate a laser tool to burn Grayscale at 45 degrees on a certain type of wood, I would create that laser tool and give it a name to reflect all of these specifics: GS Ash 45 UpDown Uni. Then when I look at my laser toolbox I can see exactly which laser tool I need to do a specific job on a specific kind of wood.
In addition to the above statement, if I also wanted an up/down burn direction, I would need another laser tool specifically for that kind of job.
So the point of this page is to tell you that setting up and calibrating a laser tool is very specific to the burn direction that works best for the specific kind of wood you are working with. You can’t calibrate a laser tool for a 45 degree burn and then use that tool to do a left/right or up/down burn (without re-calibrating) because your results won’t be optimum. It will engrave, but it won’t be the best that it can be.