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General Discussion / Re: Made for my wife today
« on: Today at 09:27:33 AM »
I guess someday I will need to set up an account there.

I have not found the beer holder yet but I will look.

The real story behind the wine holder is my wife wanted something to put
her comb on while in the shower, and she is a wine drinker so when I found
it I had to print it and it can serve double duty.

General Discussion / Re: Made for my wife today
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:47:23 PM »
Well I use a .6 nozzle and printed at .24, no supports. Because it's thin I went with 100% fill.
No need for supports, and almost everything I print is with ABS  235C/115C.

General Discussion / Re: Made for my wife today
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:12:44 PM »
The suction cup's probably came from the local hardware store.

The truth is I told my wife I need some and she went through the draws in the kitchen had had them. She is just like me, I have boxes and boxes of hardware so when I am making something I always have what I need at hand. She must have figured that she would need them of something and had them ready.

I have also been told that she will only use plastic wine glasses in the shower.

General Discussion / Made for my wife today
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:15:03 PM »
I built a little something for my wife that goes into the shower today.

General Discussion / Re: Compressor for direct air
« on: December 09, 2017, 06:27:28 AM »
I was going to say - I have an 8 gal compressor and an air brush compressor and neither has ever been connected to my diode laser machine or my K40. For the laser's I use the small fish tank compressor.

The 8 gal compressor is great on the CNC machine when cutting aluminum but that is about the only time I need that much air and always have hearing protection on. It's also handy when working on my truck. Right tool for the right job.

T2 Engraving / Re: higher wattage laser ?
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:09:48 PM »
Another thing is the K40 run's at 24V not 12V. The Cohesion mini is a drop in board that is plug compatible with how the K40 is wired.

T2 Engraving / Re: higher wattage laser ?
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:06:25 PM »
T2 will work with the Cohesion board, it's just that I have not needed T2 yet so I havn't changed the board yet.

This board will work with smoothie software or a variant of GRBL


T2 Engraving / Re: higher wattage laser ?
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:45:34 AM »
I am still using my K40 using K40-Whisperer with the original controller because it works. I have a Cohesion mini that I have not installed yet because I have not found the need.

T2 Engraving / Re: higher wattage laser ?
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:24:46 AM »
I have done quite a few mirrors with a diode laser in the past but these day's I do them with a CO2 laser and have the time down under an hour.

Also different brands of mirror's have different backing on them, and are harder to etch than others.

General Discussion / Re: EleksLaser A3 laser module 14 hours life.
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:58:45 AM »
Did you check the MOSFET on the controller to make sure it was driving the laser?

Something I say all the time is get a 12V bulb and put the same connector as the laser on it. Use the bulb to debug problems because more often than not the laser isn't the problem. If its a TTL laser wire up a 6V bulb to test the TTL signal.

But some laser's do fail quickly and others last for years.

General Questions / Re: Which way to go
« on: December 04, 2017, 01:03:05 PM »
57 in a few weeks, dammit, I just gained a year, thought I was turning 56 this year.

Still a young one

Mini CNC / Re: Spindle motor arrived .. now to assemble a machine around it
« on: December 02, 2017, 08:07:35 AM »
I know - I have to much stuff around.

This is the spindle that I was using on my small light weight machine. I was using it because it was a lot quieter then my router. After I got my 1.5KW water cooled spindle which was even quieter I didn't really need it any more and took the machine apart and used the parts to build something else.

My power supply is a little different and has a 450V cap and a bigger transformer. The small pots on mine are marked MAX MIN and CUR. Mine also had and additional set of contacts next to where the speed pot is connected that I used to control the spindle speed from my controller so you can see the pot is missing.

General Discussion / Re: Pricing stuff is hard
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:12:39 PM »
I don't really try to sell things but when I do its to friends.

Someone asked if they could buy a specific image in an LCD end lit acrylic - that I really don't want to do. So I told him taking into account the setup time I would sell them for $25 each with a 10 piece minimum making a minimum of $250. He lost interest and I'm happy. That pricing was easy.

General Discussion / Re: Printer skipping lines
« on: November 25, 2017, 06:58:27 AM »
It must be 3D printer week. I just did a total rebuild of my bigger printer because it was starting to get a little rough. I put on an aluminum extrude frame, gantry parts (no more flexing), and changed the Z axis from a two motor design to a one motor design. If it sat for a little while one of the Z motor's would creep a little more than the other and get the bed out of alignment (on mine the Z axis moves the bed up and down, not the hot end). After getting it all back together I got a few prints that were much better than when it was new. As always Murphy made a visit and the thermistor in the hot end started going crazy so I needed to take that apart and replace the thermistor and all is working well again, actually better than new.

Now that its working I can get back to burning stuff, and just ordered the Cohesion board for the K40. The only Black Friday purchase I made.

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