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space:lasercutter [2018/11/14 00:43]
raffael.tschui created
space:lasercutter [2020/07/02 19:12]
gsurrel [What can I cut/engrave?]
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 ====== FabCreator MK5 Lasercutter ====== ====== FabCreator MK5 Lasercutter ======
  
 +===== Specifications =====
  
 +Maximum work area: 680x470x125 mm
 +
 +{{ :space:fabkit_specs_for_flyer-01.png?400 |}}
 ===== Material library ===== ===== Material library =====
  
 ==== What can I cut/engrave? ==== ==== What can I cut/engrave? ====
  
-[[https://www.fabcreator.com/Fabkit#Making]] +| Fabric | Yes | 
-{{ :space:materials_fabkit-01.png?600 |}}+Felt | Yes | 
 +| Paper | Yes | 
 +| Cardboard | Yes | 
 +| MDF | 6mm | 
 +| Poplar Plywood | 12mm | 
 +| Birch Plywood | 8mm | 
 +| Leather | 2mm | 
 +| Acrylic | 8mm | 
 +| Kraftplex | 3mm (Max available) | 
 +| Glass | Engrave Only | 
 +| Ceramic | Engrave Only | 
 +| Granite | Engrave Only | 
 +| Anodized Aluminium | Engrave Only | 
 +| Powder coat | Engrave Only | 
 +| Bare Metals | No |
  
 ==== Proven speed/power settings ==== ==== Proven speed/power settings ====
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 ^ Material    ^ Thickness  ^ Supplier  ^ Cutting Speed  ^ Cutting Power  ^ Engraving Speed  ^ Engraving Power  ^ ^ Material    ^ Thickness  ^ Supplier  ^ Cutting Speed  ^ Cutting Power  ^ Engraving Speed  ^ Engraving Power  ^
 | MDF         | 3 mm       | Coop B+H  |                |                |                  |                  | | MDF         | 3 mm       | Coop B+H  |                |                |                  |                  |
-| Plexiglass mm       | Obi       | 10             | 100            |                  |                  |+| Plexiglass mm       | Obi       | 10             | 100            |                  |                  | 
 +| MDF         | 3 mm       | Obi       | 25             | 100            |                  |                  |
  
-====== Software Setup ====== +===== Software Setup ===== 
-===== Gcode configuration =====+ 
 +==== Install LaserWeb on your own Laptop ==== 
 + 
 +It is recommended to use the LightBurn software installed on our machine. However, if for some reason you want to control the laser from your computer, follow the instructions here: 
 + 
 +[[http://community.fabcreator.com/t/fabkit-mk5-laser-web-settings-and-profiles/115]] 
 + 
 +==== Gcode configuration ====
 <note important>Make sure the Fume Extractor gets activated during cutting!</note> <note important>Make sure the Fume Extractor gets activated during cutting!</note>
  
 ''M555 S230   ; Filter ON'' should be called whenever laser gets turned on (''M3   ; Laser ON''). This is usually part of the GCODE START commands. For the GCODE END commands ''M555 S40   ; Filter idle'' should be called after laser is turned off and machine was homed. ''M555 S230   ; Filter ON'' should be called whenever laser gets turned on (''M3   ; Laser ON''). This is usually part of the GCODE START commands. For the GCODE END commands ''M555 S40   ; Filter idle'' should be called after laser is turned off and machine was homed.
  
 +===== CAD for lasercutter best practice =====
 +
 +Laserweb support both SVG and DXF vector files.
 +
 +You'll then need to assign each segments of your drawing to an operation : cut, engrave, mill, etc
 +Depending how your file is generated by your CAD software and which actions are required, you will end doing a lot of selection and laserweb (LW) is not really not at doing this. 
 +
 +However you can save a lot of time by using layers or colors:
 +
 +> put all the segments of individual parts in a layer so you can easily select and move them around to optimize your sheets of material
 +
 +> if you have multiples ops, by-ops layering is also a good option: Layer1 is engrave, layer2 is cut (always engrave before cutting as parts can move a bit when cutted).
 +
 +
 +===== Troubleshooting =====
 +
 +==== [Lightburn] Coordinate System has an offset ====
 +=== Description ===
 +E.g. "go to center" sends the laser head to the right most end, instead of the center of the work area.
 +Check the console after "get current position" and verify that MPOS and WPOS are different. If yes, then this is the problem.
 +
 +=== Solution ===
 +Manually send Gcode (in console window) ''  G10 L20 P1 X5 Y470 '' **after homing the machine**. More info  [[https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/G-Code#Using_the_Work_Coordinate_Systems|here]]
  
  
-===== Install LaserWeb on your own Laptop ===== 
  
-Follow the instructions here: 
  
-[[http://community.fabcreator.com/t/fabkit-mk5-laser-web-settings-and-profiles/115]] 
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