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General Discussion / Co2 40, 50, 60w lasers
« on: August 28, 2018, 10:52:37 PM »
With the price of co2 laser engravers coming down fairly fast is the difference between say 40w, 50w, 60w etc. worth the extra price and what sort of extra depth of cut can one expect. If i get one i was thinking of getting a 60w so as not to be pushing the laser full whack all the time as this seams what kills them. maybe using 50-60% most of the time for cutting and having a bit more for the odd ocasion.

What are your thoughts

As title says really, in the laser control window enlarging or maximising the window does not make them fully visible. If I'm careful I can just get them to click on. I'll put up a screenshot from my other pc. I have just installed the Z axis and mana control board.

Windows 10 home x32, V1803

T2 Software Updates / changing from windows 10x32 to 10x64
« on: April 01, 2018, 03:05:44 AM »
Hi guys, its been a while. Having problems with my little portable i had to reinstall windows and now T2 asks for a new hardware licence key, i looked for my registration email but cannot find it. While looking to sort my problems i noticed that i can upgrade from windows 32 to 64 without charge so before i try it and ask for a new code i was wondering if anything in the hardware id created would change, all hardware is still the same. I think i might have saved the code on one of my other pc's but i'll have to check before asking to get my code resent.

I did buy a usb dvd burner as the pc does not have one but cannot remember if it was before or after registering T2. I do not plug the dvd in unless i need it.


Z Axis / Pen holder to fit in place of laser
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:19:47 PM »
Anyone got plans for a simple pen holder to fit the Eleksmaker carriage, servo operated and maybe 3d printable.

While on the subject what size servo will i need and voltage to connect to mana SE servo connector.


A3 Large Size Frames / EleksMaker A3 pro correct orientation
« on: December 15, 2017, 12:37:17 PM »
I have just recently got an A3 2500ma engraver. I built it, installed the software and tested jogging the motors to make sure all was ok.
I built it according to the Eleksmaker wiki. As i'm sitting now i have the controller board on the opposite side of the X carriage and am looking at the back of the X motor, so the laser is on the other side. In this orientation all joging buttons work fine X left is my left X right moves to my right, Y up moves away from me and Y down towards me exactly the same a** my 3dprinter. i have not had to change anything.
Watching one of Steve's videos on YouTube he explains his orientation that is exactly the opposite to mine ie my bottom left would correspond to his top right. All the software i have tried i have not had to invert anything, anything i load loads what seams to be correct orientation.
When i first tested  the motors they worked fine before setting any home. when i loaded an image it was the right way up, surely if i have things upside down images when loaded would be upside down if i have things wrong.

Can someone tell me the correct orientation as if mine is upside down i will need to invert everything which does not seam right as it work perfect out of the box sort of speak.

Edit. i forgot to mention that i have not even flashed the firmware to update or downdate it is as is from the maker
(if its not broke why try to fix it)

T2 Engraving / End of job problem
« on: December 15, 2017, 12:02:17 PM »
I registered T2Laser yesterday and have just started to use it so please be patient.

Today i made a disposable base plate and went to burn a grid using Steve's Youtube video(thanks Steve) at the end of the burning the laser head switches off and homes, all good so far so i took of my protection glasses to inspect the work which turned out fine, i had left the control window open in case i needed to do another pass as I'm still learning the power curve.
All looked good so i closed the control window and to my surprise the laser turned on full for about a second or 2 before switching off and returning to the design pane. Luckily i was not looking in the direction of  the laser but i might have been.

Do i have it setup wrong or is it a bug?

General Questions / Which way to go
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:59:16 AM »
Hi guys, my name is Derek, i'm new to the forum and almost new to laser tech(i have not recieved it yet)
My son bought me an Eleksmaker A3 pro 2.5w laser engraver, also the motorised z axis for my birthday from banggood, the z axis arrived yesterday so the A3 shouldn't take long.
What i have noticed is that the A3 has the Mana Se 2 axis mboard and i need at least 3 axis setup to use the addon, maybe although i doubt it is that buying them together they may have realised and put in a 3 driver board(wishfull thinking) but i doubt it.
I have a few arduino and mega boards and also 2 ramps 1.4, i also have a couple of cnc shields with drivers. So my main question is do i buy the mana 3 or 4 axis board or just use what i already have if its compatible. I also have a 3dprinter to make an enclosure if needed and a small lathe and mill to modify anything else like making a pen holder for pcb's
Being retired i have plenty of time on my hands so i'm looking forward to getting started and maybe making a few gifts for christmas as its just arround the corner.

Any info, recomendations will be appreciated

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