The Grid tool is very useful when you are trying to align shapes to an edge or to other designs within your workspace. Once added, your design placements will snap to (x,y) coordinates at your chosen increment.
- The grid tool works best on surfaces with straight edges. You can still place a grid on non-straight edges, but the grid will be aligned to a straight line between your two X probe points.
- The grid tool assumes the y axis of your material is 90 degrees from the x axis. If you’re using a specific edge for reference when placing, make sure that edge is the x axis.
- The spindle should not be powered on at any point during this procedure.
In order to create a new grid, Origin will need to plunge so that a bit can rest up against the side of your material. For the most accurate grid, we recommend you use the opposite end of your engraving bit for probing.
To create a new grid, enter Design mode and tap the Grid Tool on the left-hand side of the screen.
Tap "New Grid" and Origin will then instruct you to move Origin to the edge of your material so that the bit can plunge into the space next to it. Where you plunge along the x-axis is not important at this time. All that matters is that you are plunging off the edge of your worksurface. You can control plunge depth with the Green and Orange handle buttons.
When you have reached the desired plunge depth, press “Set Probe Depth” and you will be instructed to gently push Origin against the side of your material. Look underneath your tool to ensure that only the bit is pressing against your material.
Once Origin is positioned, tap Probe. Move to the left along your x axis and tap Probe X again.
Now move Origin to the left hand side of your material to register the y axis. Once the bit is in contact with the surface, press Probe Y.
Your grid is now ready to use. As you place and create designs, your cursor will now snap to intersections on the grid at the increment you set previously.
The coordinates are in reference to the intersection of your (x, y) probe points. In most cases, this should be the bottom left of your material.
To hide the grid (and the snapping function), tap the grid icon in the center of your screen. Tap it again to bring the grid back.