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The Laser Cutter/Engraver is a 80 Watt QX-1290
Basic specs are:
  • Laser-type: Sealed Glass
  • Laser power: 80W (special order for other wattages)
  • Working area: 47.2 x 35.4 inches (1200 x 900 mm)
  • Motorized Worktable with about 9.45 inches (24cm)of usable height
  • Engraving speed: 0-60,000mm/min
  • Max cutting speed: 0-36,000mm/min
  • Location precision: less than 0.01mm
  • Highest scanning precision: 50-1000DPI
  • Minimum shaping character: English 1.0 x 1.0mm
  • Graphic format supported: BMP,JPG,GIF,HPGL,NC,PLT,DST,DXF,AI ...
  • Controlling software: LaserCut 5.3 and Leetro 6565 DSP control system.
  • Compatible software: TAJIMA , CorelDraw, AutoCAD, Photoshop 

Rules and Policies

  • See this document for rules and policies of laser use

Help/Contacts

  • Brad Goodman is the resource manager and can be reached at laser@makeitlabs.com
  • Check out the #space-laser channel on Slack for real-time conversation
  • Won't focus on thin materials? - Read This

Training

Official training is mandatory before you will be allowed to use the laser. Classes are generally held monthly. Information and registration for classes can be found HERE.

Here is the Training Document given out in class.

Documentation

The following manuals will give you a better idea about operation of the machine and software, but they are not 100% correct, and official training is MANDATORY before you will be allowed to use the machine.

LaserCut 5.3 Software Manual
Laser machine Operator's Manual
Guide to using the Rotary Attachment.

A full list of manuals and tutorials can be found here

Software

LaserCut 5.3 is the "official" software, which is required to prepare a design for cutting/engraving, and to operate the laser itself. See documentation (above) for more information.

How to install/use a slighty limited version of LaserCut 5.3 on your own machine.

Design Software

Just as there is a big difference between knowing how to operate a typewriter, and knowing how to write the next great novel - there is a big gap between knowing how to operate a laser (and it's software) and designing something cool for it.

Though LaserCut (above) is required to operate the laser, it offers only minimal, "clunky" design abilities. 

Operating the laser is just the beginning. To get the most of out it and to unlock your full design potential, you'll need some better design tools and practices. Fortunately, there are plenty of great, free ones available.

Troubleshooting

If the laser beeps and the display reads "Soft Stop" when you press Start or Test this means that it thinks that your asking it to run off the edge.

  1. Check that your design does not have elements off the screen.
  2. Check that the Lase->Set laser origin settings are as you expect
  3. Perform an XY-0 before positioning the laser on your workpiece
  4. When all else fails reboot the laser and the PC. (saw this happen when I was using the rotary attachment)

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Adam Shrey,
May 2, 2014, 8:03 AM
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Bradley Goodman,
Apr 26, 2017, 12:22 PM
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