User Tools

Site Tools


lasercutter

Differences

This shows you the differences between two versions of the page.

Link to this comparison view

Both sides previous revision Previous revision
lasercutter [2015/04/29 18:50]
fauxtonic Formatting changes
lasercutter [2017/08/14 17:59] (current)
selkie
Line 6: Line 6:
     * converted to use TB6560 parallel-port stepper driver board     * converted to use TB6560 parallel-port stepper driver board
     * added end-stops and visible laser pointer for lining up workpiece     * added end-stops and visible laser pointer for lining up workpiece
-==== Vector cut/engrave workflow ==== +==== Vector cut/engrave/​raster ​workflow ==== 
-    * use Inkscape ​with laserengraver plugin ​to generate gcode +    * use Inkscape to create svg 
-        * line stroke light/dark shade in Inkscape translates to lower/​higher laser power output so you can engrave/cut in a single drawing +    * use LaserWeb ​interface to preview gcode and send to TB6560 board 
-        * Convert all objects to path. Objects do not get cut, only paths do. This can be used to label your plans. +    * [[https://​www.facebook.com/​subproto/​videos/​1356524434416691/​|SubProto video on using LaserWeb]] 
-    * use LinuxCNC Axis interface to preview gcode and send to TB6560 board +    * Consult sticky note for advised power settings, adjust as needed and document if you find something that works better. Don't forget to check whether or not the air compressor is on or off depending on what you're trying to do (air compressor should be on for cutting, and off for engraving). 
-==== Raster engrave workflow ​==== +==== Troubleshooting and Tips ==== 
-    * use /​home/​subproto/​linuxcnc/​configs/​jv4779/​raster_engrave.py to convert black-and-white PNG to gcode +    * If the laser isn't cutting on, check the door switchThere'​s a safety mechanism preventing the laser from firing if the door is open, and if the door doesn'​t close properly it won't engage the switch. 
-    * use LinuxCNC Axis interface ​to preview gcode (raster area onlyno detail) and send to TB6560 board+    * Make sure the laser button is on and the power dial is up. Use the laser test button ​to make sure it's firing. 
 +    * It's better when engraving ​to remove maskingor else the masking will get burnt into the material.  
  
lasercutter.txt · Last modified: 2017/08/14 17:59 by selkie