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 won't be aligned with an edge.
- 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 and 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 or tapered bit.
After you have re-installed the spindle, be sure to update your bit width and perform a z-touch from within Cut mode. You will then need to set a cut depth that will allow the bit to plunge below the surface of your material. If you are using the opposite end of the engraving bit, 1/4" depth should be suitable.
To create a new grid, enter Design mode and tap the grid tool on the left hand side of the screen. Select your preferred grid spacing.
Origin will then instruct you to move Origin to the edge of your material so that the bit can plunge off of your material. 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.