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Projects / Leather Wedding Coasters
« on: June 18, 2017, 11:09:59 PM »
My leather working friend has a client that wants leather wedding coasters.  He can do the leather work but needed an engraver.  So I designed the art and have started the engraving.  We will see how this goes.

EleksMaker / Eleksmaker A3X
« on: June 14, 2017, 10:39:26 PM »
new laser system from eleksmaker.  They havent posted the info about it yet but 1 picture is on their site

EleksMaker / Eleksmaker Vs. Banggood
« on: June 09, 2017, 08:26:58 AM »
So apparently Banggood is slapping the Eleksmaker name on every laser on its site whether its made by them or not.  You can tell many of the Banggood lasers because they have two 2 pin connectors on the laser while the Eleksmaker ones have one 3 pin connector.  Eleksmaker doesnt appear to be happy about this so they opened their own store.  To further distance themselves from Banggood lasers, their lasers will now come with blue heat syncs.  There are gunuine Eleksmaker products on Banggood but be careful when you buy from them.  The shipping from Eleksmakers store is more expensive but should be faster since its air mail.  The profit margin isnt huge on our toys so they still dont have a dedicated customer service department.  So who knows how it will go if something is wrong... but it couldnt be any worse then the horror stories about banggood.


Trouble Shooting / Gcode
« on: May 26, 2017, 12:48:48 PM »
Soooo I have a question.  I am trying to create a custom gcode for testing speeds.  I want it to change speeds as specific points.  Can I just add FXXXX where XXXX is the speed in mm/sec in the gcode where i want the change to occur?  I am assuming so but I want to be sure there isnt some other command I need to sneak in there.

Z Axis / Eleksmaker made good on their promise
« on: April 14, 2017, 12:40:30 PM »
Eleksmaker's Z told me they were working on a z axis for us.  It had been a few months and I didnt expect much if they actually did produce something (sorry for my lack of faith Z).  At best, I expected what bill made (not that what he made is bad, in fact that was the best I had seen yet)  Yesterday Eleksmaker revealed the fruit of its looms (fruit of its labor??!? I prefer looms).  For those of you that dont monitor their forum here it is.  Notice it has a fine tune adjustment knob at the top.  This would make your laser a 3 axis machine so an upgrade to a Mana 3 axis would be required.  I'll update when bangoood lists it for sale!  I know I want one with a new 7watt!!!

Trouble Shooting / Epic Fail!
« on: April 11, 2017, 08:39:38 PM »
well I had my first epic print fail.  10 hours of trying to print while I was away at work resulted in this. How in the world am i gonna get that bad boy off!?!?!

Assembly / Prusa I3 Mk2s
« on: April 08, 2017, 07:40:53 PM »
Ok so my prusa is finally printing away. 

Here are some things I learned putting it together. 

1. Pay them to put it together for you (suck it up its worth it.)
2. Ok you didnt do number 1 and I didnt either.  So we are both stupid and gluttons for punishment.
3. Dont put it together during a storm when your microwave dependent internet will go down constantly and you cant look at the good instructions online.
4.  The motors are labeled because they know im dumb (see #2).  Put the right motor in the right place.
5.  If you dont put the motor in the right place at least wire the y axis to the y and the x axis to the x.
6.  If you wire x to y and also put the limit switch for x to y so they match, the machines auto calibration wont realize you made a mistake.
7. If you dont do 4-6 your probe cant find the little stupid dots and it will keep running into the print surface and you will get angry.
8.  Take your time.
9.  Take lots of sandwich breaks
10.  Dont zip tie anything(except the stuff that is held on no other way) until you are done

Fyi first print - marvin

T2 Engraving / Tutorial videos not sanctioned by Zax
« on: April 05, 2017, 10:27:22 PM »
Alright so making a quick video is easier sometimes than me explaining certain T2 and inkscape things.  I am a visual learner so this helps me.  I am gonna upload a some tutorials when I see a question I think might benefit from it.  This thread will be a repository for the links to explain certain things.  I will keep it up to date with my tutorials.  Hopefully I'll buy a better video editing software to do screen capture soon.  Right now its cell cam.

How to use T2 Laser sketch to add text to a photo

How to use T2 Laser hatch tool to outline and add a hatch fill

Using Inkscape to make DXf out of a jpg.  Also how to use autotrace in T2 to do the same thing

Using inkscape to fix a low resolution jpg
(watermark since I'm still using some different trail software till I settle on one.)

What to do after installing T2 Laser
(this one has at least 2 glaring errors. 1 I did not go over how to move the jumper. 2 I did not go over how to install the driver.  Also its all glitchy.  Premier didnt like my screen capture so I will rerecord when I sort out my editing woes)

Making a wasteboard grid in T2 Laser

Projects / electric lighter
« on: February 26, 2017, 04:16:20 PM »
got an electric lighter from trigear on amazon.  engraved it at 100mm/min

General Discussion / eleksmaker forum
« on: February 26, 2017, 09:16:57 AM »
Looks like Z just started his own forum at eleksmaker.  Not much on it yet.

Projects / I just won valentines day
« on: February 13, 2017, 09:42:55 PM »
yup I just won valentines day  8)

Spare Parts Sources / stepper motor wires
« on: January 28, 2017, 05:53:49 PM »

bought these wires.  plenty long for A5 however I used them on the y axis and they reversed the stepper motor direction (they are not wired the same as stock ones).  The old and new one were working against each other so I replaced both.  Luckily I had bought 2. 

Assembly Help / Wiring home switches
« on: January 21, 2017, 11:41:20 AM »
Ok so I think I have read every topic we have on homing switches.  I am super afraid of letting out any of my magic smoke so soldering on my laser toy is scary.  I know they need to be put in parallel on the D9 pin.  I saw how gallant @ggallant571  (I think) wired his on the backside (Picture below) but I will screw that up for sure.  Then I saw how @Johnb63303 did it by soldering on new female headers on his nano.  I like that option but that is wayyyyy more soldering for me to screw up.  Does anyone else have any diy easy wiring solution for home switches?

Projects / Wood door signs
« on: January 09, 2017, 12:29:48 PM »
I made some painted and engraved door signs for my nieces and nephew.  Got em from joanns.  I'll post the link later.  Taped, air assist, speed 750, resolution .1 power 255

painted, dried, taped, engraved, nylon brush, black paint, dry, remove tape. Then I hand painted the minecraft guy.

 You will see on Rylees some tape goo still on it.  I'll clean it up when its fully dry tomorrow.

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