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{{Fab Lab}}
{{Fab Lab}}
{{CNC}}


{{Equipment
{{Equipment
|owner=Hive13
|owner=Hive13
|assetTag=HV0141
|model=Full Spectrum Engineering 60W CO2 Laser Cutter/Engraver
|model=Full Spectrum Engineering 60W CO2 Laser Cutter/Engraver
|arrived=06/2011
|arrived=06/2011
|doesitwork=Yes
|doesitwork=No
|Image=File:HV0141.jpg
|contact=Fab Lab area warden
|contact=Fab Lab area warden
|where=1A
|where=Laser Bay
|Image=File:Small laser cutter.jpg
|certification=yes
|certification=yes
|subcat=DigitalFabrication
|subcat=DigitalFabrication
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{{Laser}}
{{Laser}}


=Current Status - Partially working=
File:Small laser cutter.jpg


The Z-Datum is not working. You must manually set the Z height to 38 mm.
 
=Current Status - New controller installed and everything "works", just need laser alignment=
 
The Small Laser now has the same controller as the Big Laser. A touch sensor like the Big Laser has also been installed. This is to make their operation almost identical. The new controller operating panel does not fit in the current opening so it is just loosely hanging on the front. A new laser head has been mounted but it protrudes deeper into the bed area (this will limit the maximum height of the part), we are working on pulling the laser lens holder closer to the gantry. The next step is to do a full laser alignment. The 2nd mirror is probably not in the correct X or Y position since a bracket was made to get it close in alignment to the new laser head.
 
 
In midst of an upgrade away from sucky software
 
We are updating the controller to talk to the much more modern software Lightburn.
 
Ralph Blumberg is doing the vast majority of the heavy lifting to get the hardware talking to other hardware.
 
We will be creating an updated operating manual as soon as we get things working.
 
 
 
The auto Z-Datum is not working. You must manually set the Z height to 56 mm.
 
A metal cylinder was created (labeled 50mm lens) 
 
[[File:50mm_lens_metal_spacer.png|388x388px]]
 
that is placed on your material aligned with the non-contact sensor, and then the bed is raised until it stops (when the non-contact sensor detects the metal cylinder). Remove the metal cylinder and place in the back of the laser work area out of the way. Your material should now be the correct distance from the laser lens.  


The controller has been updated to a Leetro 8530. [[File:MPC8530S_Hardware_Manual_V1.0(1).pdf]] [[File:MPC8530_wiring_diagram.jpg]] The new operating panel is too large to fit in place of the old panel, so for now it is attached by a cord and operates like a game controller.  
The controller has been updated to a Leetro 8530. [[File:MPC8530S_Hardware_Manual_V1.0(1).pdf]] [[File:MPC8530_wiring_diagram.jpg]] The new operating panel is too large to fit in place of the old panel, so for now it is attached by a cord and operates like a game controller.  
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##*- Make sure the Red STOP button is in the up position.
##*- Make sure the Red STOP button is in the up position.
##*- See the splash screen appear and change to the laser menu screen.
##*- See the splash screen appear and change to the laser menu screen.
##*- See the spotting laser (red dot) illuminate inside the work zone.
##*The Chiller is wired into the Big Laser and should come on with a double Beep Beep - The chiller cools both lasers
##*The Chiller is wired into the Big Laser and should come on with a double Beep Beep - The chiller cools both lasers
##*- Assure the chiller is running properly and the water level is in the green.
##*- Assure the chiller is running properly and the water level is in the green.
##*- You can see the chiller temperature display from the back of the laser. it should be in the low 20's C
##*- You can see the chiller temperature display from the back of the laser. it should be in the low 20's C
##*The Small Laser air pump must be plugged in to the power strip.
##*The Small Laser air pump must be plugged in to the power strip.
##*- Assure the air pump is blowing air out the laser nozzle. Use your hand to check the air flow.
##*Assure the air pump is blowing air out the laser nozzle. Use your hand to check the air flow.
##*The Exhaust Fan is powered through the Big Laser.
##*The Exhaust Fan is powered through the Big Laser.
##*- Assure the Exhaust fan is running.
##*-Assure the Exhaust fan is running.
##If you are using the Honeycomb, assure that it is clear and will not get caught under the laser frame by the rising bed.
##If you are using the Honeycomb, assure that it is clear and will not get caught under the laser frame by the rising bed.
##*DO NOT CUT WOOD, PLYWOOD, BIRCHPLY, or MDF on the HONEYCOMB - They leave sooty marks on the surface.
##*DO NOT CUT WOOD, PLYWOOD, BIRCHPLY, or MDF on the HONEYCOMB - They leave sooty marks on the surface.
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'''LaserCut2017''' (Windows only)
'''LaserCut2017''' (Windows only)
See this link for a manual on how to prepare your Art Work [https://wiki.hive13.org/images/b/b7/Preparingtheartwork.pdf Preparingtheartwork.pdf ‎]


*This software will import files in these formats:
*This software will import files in these formats:
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**<nowiki>*.CDR (Corel Draw)</nowiki>
**<nowiki>*.CDR (Corel Draw)</nowiki>
**<nowiki>*.BMP (Plain old bitmap, monochrome only) - and other common raster formats like PNG and GIF that will do monochrome</nowiki>
**<nowiki>*.BMP (Plain old bitmap, monochrome only) - and other common raster formats like PNG and GIF that will do monochrome</nowiki>
*Due to Wiki file size limits the Manuals for the software are on the Small Laser PC.


For more design software, see [[Design Resources]]
For more design software, see [[Design Resources]]

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