Engraving PETG - Diamond Drag

anxiously waiting my Shapeoko 4 pro to start engraving logos into our records.

I will be cutting logos into 12" 10" 7" and 5" records.

I am going to start with engraving with Diamond drag 90 and 120.

Any software tips when working with PETG plastics?

all my records are 2mm thick and are clear petg. I will invert all my designs so you can look at them from the other side of the record.

How can I tell carbide create that I have a center hole in my records when engraving.

Do I still need to adjust/edit G-Code to turn off router?

I plan to use magnets to hold my petg records down any other suggestions maybe make a size templet with some cheep wood to hold my records down?

This is my first CNC machine and I am excited to be in the carbide community. im a total noob. haha


You can model the hole in your design for reference. If you are not actually cutting it you don’t really need to represent it though.

How are you going to use magnets to hold it down? Double sided tape or painters tape and CA glue would work if it doesn’t damage your record. If you are doing a lot of these you could create a jig from MDF which is square and has a circular pocket in the middle hold your record. Then you can always reference the lower left corner for X and Y. And maybe Z if your pocket is exactly as deep as the record is thick.

You don’t need to edit the gcode to send on/off instructions. Carbide Motion will either 1) tel you to turn it on/off or 2) do it for you if you bought a BitRunner to go with your machine.

Good luck. I haven’t seen anyone else mention PETG in the past but there are lots of posts on acrylic which I assume is harder.

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Also, I should have pointed out that when using the diamond drag bit you don’t actually have the router turned on. It’s just there to hold the bit.

If you are using CC and CM and the stingray it seems to know not to turn the router on. Otherwise just make sure you don’t.