Function and precision:
- Mr Beam's camera system takes and processes new pictures every 5-10 seconds. You can then see the black-and-white preview picture in the "working area" in the software.
- The precision of the preview picture is +/- 5 mm at the moment. This is why you should always calculate with a little bit more space while positioning your design. When working with higher or thicker materials, the camera precision will decrease towards the edges of the working area. If your designs require more precision, (e.g. for a series of small objects with tightly packed designs) we recommend making use of manual positioning.
- In our beta software channel you will also find a "preview pane" in the left side bar, where you have options to adjust zoom and brightness of the preview picture, and to set the height of your material, to compensate the difference in calculations.
In most cases positioning your design on your material with the help of the camera and preview in the software is the most convenient option. However, in some cases it does make more sense to position your designs manually. Especially when highest precision is required (accurate to the millimeter) we recommend using manual positioning. We also recommend making customized stencils for your designs. Especially when aiming for small-batch production, not only does this method offer highest precision - it also speeds up the whole process considerably. You can find more information on this method in the following article.
This is how to check quickly, if your camera is working correctly: