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k40_laser_engraver [2018/11/10 23:38]
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 Specifications:​ Specifications:​
   * Power output: 40 W (theoretically,​ anyway)   * Power output: 40 W (theoretically,​ anyway)
-  * Cutting area: Clamp area is 8"​x4"​.+  * Cutting area: Clamp area is a little less than 8"​x4"​. ​7" x 3.5 should easily fit inside
   * Coolant: currently a mix of distilled water and RV antifreeze (3:1 ratio), a few drops of algicide, and a few drops of dish soap.   * Coolant: currently a mix of distilled water and RV antifreeze (3:1 ratio), a few drops of algicide, and a few drops of dish soap.
   * Exhaust: Fume extraction via a BOFA AD-Access fume extractor/​filter   * Exhaust: Fume extraction via a BOFA AD-Access fume extractor/​filter
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 Fixes implemented:​ Fixes implemented:​
   * Bad connection on the power inlet between the hot and fuse. Re-soldered.   * Bad connection on the power inlet between the hot and fuse. Re-soldered.
-  * Jumpered water break detection since detector is NFG.+  * Jumpered water break detection since detector is seemingly ​NFG.
     * Test again with new coolant pump to make sure it wasn't just low flow?     * Test again with new coolant pump to make sure it wasn't just low flow?
 +    * Tested again. Maybe backwards? Maybe NFG.
  
 Fix needed: Fix needed:
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-Laser does work, <​del>​though not yet from triggering on the front panel (or via Gcode)</​del>​+Laser does work
  
 Software: I suggest [[http://​www.scorchworks.com/​K40whisperer/​k40whisperer.html|K40 Whisperer]],​ as the LaserDRW thing it came with is not so hot. Software: I suggest [[http://​www.scorchworks.com/​K40whisperer/​k40whisperer.html|K40 Whisperer]],​ as the LaserDRW thing it came with is not so hot.
  
 Usage: It's not ready for production jobs yet, so DON'T USE IT. We're getting there... Usage: It's not ready for production jobs yet, so DON'T USE IT. We're getting there...
 +  * How to format your SVG drawings for K40 Whisperer: https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​reload=9&​v=9wYvbenigtk
 +  * Basic concept- using K40W, move the head over the upper left hand part of your work. maybe use the "laser test" button to make sure you're actually over the work. and then choose whichever of your engrave/cut options (do engraves first, and cut last).
 +  * Specialized documentation:​ [[HOWTO Inkscape for the Laser]]
  
 Safety considerations:​ https://​techbravo.net/​hosting/​knowledgebase/​4191/​CO2-Laser-Engraver-Safety.html Safety considerations:​ https://​techbravo.net/​hosting/​knowledgebase/​4191/​CO2-Laser-Engraver-Safety.html
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 Power levels: Power levels:
-  * Wood (engraving) - 8% does a fine job on the random ​plywood ​pieces we've tested with. +  * Wood (engraving) - 8% does a fine job on the random ​wood pieces we've tested with. 
-  * Acrylic - 25% was great for engraving, but slightly insufficient for cutting (the cut edges did snap off easily, though)+  * wood (cutting) - 11% was sufficient to cut 3mm baltic birch plywood? 
 +  * Acrylic - 25% was great for engraving, but slightly insufficient for cutting (the cut edges did snap off easily, though). 33-35% should be good for cutting at 10mm/s.
  
  
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   * <​del>​Fire Extinguisher</​del>​ done   * <​del>​Fire Extinguisher</​del>​ done
   * Air assist (pump acquired, need to get tubing/​fittings/​etc.)   * Air assist (pump acquired, need to get tubing/​fittings/​etc.)
-  * honeycomb base (http://​www.scorchworks.com/​Blog/​spring-loaded-k40-laser-platform/​ for a good way to do it)+  ​<del>* honeycomb base (http://​www.scorchworks.com/​Blog/​spring-loaded-k40-laser-platform/​ for a good way to do it)</​del>​ done
   * <​del>​Thermometer & flow meter for cooling pump (i.e. https://​www.amazon.com/​Thermometer-Cooling-Liquid-Cooler-System/​dp/​B074SDFW51/​ref=sr_1_3?​s=electronics&​ie=UTF8&​qid=1521656040&​sr=8-3&​keywords=LED+Thermometer+3+Way+Flow+Meter+FlowMeter+For+Water+Cooling+Liquid+Cooler+System)</​del>​ ordered   * <​del>​Thermometer & flow meter for cooling pump (i.e. https://​www.amazon.com/​Thermometer-Cooling-Liquid-Cooler-System/​dp/​B074SDFW51/​ref=sr_1_3?​s=electronics&​ie=UTF8&​qid=1521656040&​sr=8-3&​keywords=LED+Thermometer+3+Way+Flow+Meter+FlowMeter+For+Water+Cooling+Liquid+Cooler+System)</​del>​ ordered
   *<​del>​ improved chiller pump</​del>​ done   *<​del>​ improved chiller pump</​del>​ done
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