The Grid tool is very useful when you are trying to align shapes to an edge or other designs in your workspace. With the tool, you can create grids of various sizes on top of your workspace. Once added, your design placements will snap to x,y coordinates at your chosen increment.
- The grid tool works best on material 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. For accurate alignments to a specific edge, orient that edge in the x axis.
- The spindle should not be on at any point during this procedure.
In order to create a new grid, Origin will need to plunge so that a 1/4" bit can rest up against the side of your material. For the most accurate grid, we recommend using the opposite end of your engraving bit for probing. You may use other bits, but be aware that it will be difficult to register the material edge using a spiral cutter.
To create a new grid, enter Design mode and tap the grid tool on the left hand side of the screen.
Start by performing a Z-touch. This will give Origin a reference for the probe depth.
Then select a Probe Depth that will allow the bit to rest against the side of your material.
Next, select your preferred grid spacing. (You will be able to update this after your grid has been created).
Press "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 air next to it. Exact placement at this point does not matter so long as the bit will not hit anything when plunging. When ready, tap the Plunge button.
Once fully plunged, you will be instructed to gently push Origin against a the side of your material. Look underneath your tool to ensure 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. Make sure the bit is against the surface and press Probe Y.
Your grid is now ready to use. As you place & create designs, your cursor will now snap to intersections on the grid 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 snapping), tap the grid icon in the center of your screen. Tap it again to bring the grid back.