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Projects / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 22, 2018, 07:30:48 AM »
Last engraving for the year. Time to store the machines for the winter.

General Discussion / Fun with Boards
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:50:27 PM »
This just arrived in the mail today. This is gonna be FUN!!!!
Thanks @EleksMaker Z

General Discussion / A3 CoreXY Design
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:47:08 AM »

Found this design and made me thing of @ggallant

Very tempting to do just for fun.

@Zax. Got a firmware for this puppy? Thinking Eggbot?

Projects / Rotary Test
« on: August 06, 2018, 07:00:04 PM »
I think this turned out ok

Trouble Shooting / Y axis Steps REALLY short
« on: August 04, 2018, 02:16:32 PM »
Hey all,
I am having an issue with my A3 pro. When i go to engrave a 10mm square, my x axis is perfect buy my Y axis only goes about 2mm.

I am using T2 laser. I haven't done anything outrageous to ruin something. It was working 2 days ago just fine.

Here is what I have done so far:
- taken belts off to see if there is extra resistance
- swapped out motor driver from my other control board to see if it was that (same reaction)
- reset T2 preferences to default
- reflashed firmware.
- checked firmware steps/mm (all good)
- tried with another power supply that is known to be good (taken from my other laser that I was using today)

Any help is greatly appreciated

General Discussion / Greyscale Starter Settings
« on: July 28, 2018, 02:17:40 PM »
Hey all,

I am looking to try my hand as greyscale (finally) and am wondering what some good starter settings are.
I am using T2Laser
I have two machines:
1st: ManaSE, 2.5W TTL (3-wire) laser
2nd: L7 board, 2.5W (2-wire) laser

Just looking for something to help me set my baseline so I am not spinning my wheels.
I know every material is different and require different settings, but just need to know where to start.


General Discussion / Eleksmaker Discord Channel
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:07:15 AM »
If you are on discord, this might be a good channel for immediate communications

General Discussion / Michaels Slate Warning
« on: May 10, 2018, 07:47:27 PM »
Hey all,

I just bought some slate plaques to laser. I just lasered one and under the "dark coating" there were letters and a butterfly. Comparing an older plaque and this new one, they have switched suppliers. Seems like this stuff is being reused.

Not a good sign. I have two more plaques that i bought and will attempt to laser but I think we might have some issues.

General Discussion / Maker select v2 question
« on: March 29, 2018, 10:14:21 PM »
I did some calibration testing on my printer. I sent 100mm of filament through it and only 96 went through. Sure enough, the setting for my extruder motor is set to 96

I checked my z height and moved it up 100mm. It moved 101. The setting is set to 405

I want to correct these settings but done want to have to reprogram the board. I am hoping to do it through a starting gcode lines. Thinking of a M92Exxx code or something.

Can someone give me a hand with this?

General Discussion / Printing vases
« on: March 29, 2018, 09:42:01 AM »
What is better for vases? Pla or petg?

General Discussion / Spring is Coming!!!!
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:07:17 AM »
So, spring is peeking its head up and I am getting ready to bring my laser out of storage!

It has been too long since I was able to get my little beast up and running. Looking forward to it.

That being said, I already have a few projects lined up. Got people asking me to etch beer glasses, slate coasters, leather gloves and a wooden game board.

Gonna be busy when I get goin. CANíT WAIT

3D Printer Software / 3D Printer Slicers
« on: January 02, 2018, 05:30:30 PM »
I have been using Cura 2.3.1 for some time now and love it. I tried Cura 3 but it did not work on over half of my computers.

There are some options in Slic3r that I want that are not in Cura. So, I have downloaded Slic3r Prusa Version and have transferred my known good settings over.

I have a Maker Select v2 and if anyone has any pointers for a new Slic3r user, feel free to chime in.

Projects / My CoreXY Adventure
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:33:12 PM »
As most of you know (and are probably already sick of  :P), I have an A5 clone machine that I started this whole laser addiction with. After many attempts to repair the dang machine, I gave up an bought myself an A3 Pro. Now I have this A5 machine with the old white POM wheels that don't work just sitting in my garage begging for something to do. Instead of buying those pieces of crap or having to make new plates to handle the OpenBuilds V wheels, I embarked upon an adventure. An adventure to convert my A5 machine into a CoreXY system.

Why?  .......................BECAUSE I CAN!!!!!  ;D

So far, I am still in the design phase. That is an adventure in an of itself. After many setbacks in Fusion 360 (remember to backup your files to your hardrive!!!!), I am getting closer to what I think will be a functional machine. Only time will tell though.

Now, that being said, I know the A5 size is very limiting. If I were to use this as a laser engraver, pen plotter or even a 3D printer, I know the size limitation does not justify the amount of work that I have put into this project. In response to that, I have these things to say:

1. This is a proof of concept using the material I have available
2. For the most part, the components I have designed are modular and could be installed on a larger machine.
3. This is a great way to learn more about Fusion360 and just plain old 3D design
4. Because a man need a hobby  ;)

Please don't judge just yet. I have much to do yet to make this printable. Suggestions or comments are always welcome though.

General Discussion / Printer enclosure
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:39:04 PM »
Has anyone made an enclosure for their 3D printer? I know many of you are in the Southern Hemisphere where 60F is sweatshirt weather (still wearing shorts at that time up here).

I am building a IKEA Lack enclosure so I can have my printer in my house and am wondering if there is anything I should add to it

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