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Machine Information

  • Owner: Backyard Brains
  • Who Can Use: Anyone that has taken the All Hands Active Laser class or those authorized by Greg G and Tim M.
  • Contact: Nick Ristow for information.

How to use this laser cutter

  • You must be trained on this LASER before using it. Get trained by taking the class!

Cost

$.75 a minute of actual laser time - public $.50 a minute of actual laser time - members

Interesting Issues

  1. When running an outline of a Moai head, the laser stopped and started at various points for a very brief moment.
    1. We simplified the outline in inkscape and made sure to unite lines in lasercut 5.3. This helped, but we still stop/start problems with the laser.
  2. It appears that if your image/vector file is greater than any dimension of the bed (140cm * 90cm), the software will crash upon opening.

Occasional divets noticed when cutting through acrylic

Material: 3mm Clear Acrylic

Notes specific to the install at AHA

  • Water Chiller installed underneath laser. Pull laser forward ~4' in order to access. Be careful to avoid crushing or pulling out tubes for air & water
  • Air Compressor installed underneath laser. Pull laser forward ~4' in order to access. Be careful to avoid crushing or pulling out tubes for air & water

What was Ordered

Jinan TransonCNC 1490A in a 1490B shell. (It comes apart easier for the purpose of fitting through our front door)

  • We have been told that everything is outfitted to run on standard 120ac (LASER Cutter, Chiller/Pump, and Exhaust)
  • LASER Power Reci80W
  • Weight: ~450 kg (1000 lbs)
  • Equipment Dimension Top Half 192*131*42cm
  • Equipment Dimension Bot Half 192*131*70cm
  • Working Area 140cm*90cm
  • Metal Slat Table
  • Motorized up and down table
  • honeycomb table
  • Red Dot pointer
  • Auto Focus
  • Extra Reci80W (LASER Tube)
  • Extra Lens & Mirror
  • Extra Motion Card (Controller)
  • Extra Belt - X Axis
  • Extra Belt - Y Axis
  • Extra Motorized up and Table Belt
  • Extra Girdle Belt
  • Extra X Motor
  • Extra Y Motor
  • Extra Z Motors (2)
  • LASER Goggles
  • CW3000 Water Chiller


Exhaust

  • Exhaust Port: 6"
  • CFM ~512


Manuals


Ongoing Maintenance Costs

Regularly Recurring

  • Filters
  • Activated Charcoal?
  • de-ionized water
  • LASER Tubes

Occasional

  • Replacement Hardware on LASER (Motors, Belts, etc.)

Ongoing Maintenance

  • Who is responsible for the work?
  • Who is responsible for the costs?

Training

  • TBD once we have the machine. See the manuals linked above for "What we know now"
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