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white is always a challenge because white reflects the heat / light of the laser away so it is almost impossible to cut anything that is white with a small laser module, I have not been able to test with a bigger laser
I saw LooVille at a hobby exhibition this year , and I must say it is beyond amazing, no photo can illustrate its real look and feel, awesome layout, the attention to detail is absolutely remarkable! When we were at this exhibition it featured in one of the local newspapers as well, need I say any more :) I hope you get lots of votes!
fabric yes, but not white, leather, I am sure it could but only up to a certain thickness, My guess is 2mm should be fine.
Hi, I can cut balsa wood without any issues, and 3ply wood up to 3mm without problems, any other materials harder than that is a challenge. I mainly use this machine for my model planes to fix them in the event of a crash.
Hi there, it is about 620mm x 720mm
Hi, easier way would be to buy a coupler, I just made my own, here is an example of one you can buyhttp://www.3dprintingstore.co.za/mechanics/flexible-coupling-5mm-to-5mm/My Laser Output is controlled by PWM on my Ardunio, using the M3 command to switch the laser ON ,and S2000 as an example to set the power, maximum is S10000.Hope this helps.
Hi there, I assume you are referring to the sheet metal the machine is made of? The bottom section is 5mm mild steel, and the gantry and z axis pars is made from 4 mm aluminium.
Hi , I am attaching a picture of the z-axis, hope this answers your question.For the z axis, note that I used 8mm Linear bearings and rods, this is to save weight, the drive shaft is 10mm threaded rod.The 10mm rods, yes they are threaded at the ends, and I used 8 of them.Trust this will get you going :)
you would have to modify the plan to make it out of wood, you could get away with a wooden frame if you only will use it as a laser cutter, but I would not recommend it.
Hi there, I have added the plans to the last step :)
Wow, the render page works great, once again, well done! I will be adding it to my list of g-code tools :)
Thanks tinker bot, goon and build your machine, mine has provided me with so much value and pleasure, you won't be bale to imagine your life without it.The machine is currently used as a laser cutter, It is capable of using a dremel tool, but I need to complete a final upgrade to make it a bit more rigid, as I have some movement on the y axis (in the center of the axis) - this would require me adding 4 more linear bearings and two more y axis rods, but for a laser cutter is works great.With regards to tolerances, I am more than pleased ,so WYSIWYG when it comes to designing, and when cutting the material it matches perfectly when compared to my designs. As mentioned that I use Inkscape and Google SketchUp, and have had no issues so far.Thanks for the support.
Hi everyone, the plans are now available on the last step of this instructable. Enoy!
Hi QCGeek, wow, this is getting better and better, a pleasure to meet you, thanks SO much for your Laseroko team, I have lost count already of how many times I have used it, used it last night to convert my gcode for cutting a new fuselage for RC plane, well done on an awesome tool.
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