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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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Projects / Basswood
« on: January 06, 2017, 06:22:55 PM »
So we were at michael's (you guys know how I love Michael's) and my girlfriend saw a piece of basswood that they were showing you could use for woodburning for a sign.  She says "honey, could you do something like that?"  to which I replied, "Of course I can! I have the hand of Zeus in my garage!"  So she bought it and made me make a sign for her mothers house.... I dont know if I won or lost.  Here are the results

resolution: .1
speed: 750
power: 255
Taped
Air assist
polyurethane spray to finish

Link to wood: http://www.michaels.com/artminds-rectangle-plaque-basswood/M10067610.html#pmpt=qualifying&sz=72&start=50

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Trouble Shooting / Broken stepper motor wire
« on: December 22, 2016, 01:11:10 AM »
I had a problem but I solved it.  just thought id post for others. 

My Y axis motors werent moving smooth.  I couldnt see why.  I checked everything was tight but not too tight, but it was still rough.  I disconnected the motors to check the connections and noticed my white wire on the +x side was broken.  A little solder and it was back to its old self.  Dont know how i broke just the one wire but I'm glad I found it quickly.

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General Discussion / DXF SVG JPG PNG Depository
« on: November 01, 2016, 10:49:28 AM »
Hey guys.  So I was talking to ralph about setting up a topic to deposit good usable DXF SVG and picture files that we know will work well with our systems.  For instance, I have a good DXF i found online for a grid with letters.  I used it on some mdf to create my support piece inside the gantry so i know how big I can engrave and of course helps me line stuff up straight.  The problem is we dont have enough bandwidth here to support a file center such as what I'm proposing.  Does anybody know of a good free file hosting site we could link a topic to so we can share files that work?

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Laser Accessories / Laser shield
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:02:18 PM »
So while I wait for things to burn I sit at my computer working on the next inkscape or t2 settings.  The laser is burning a few feet to my right so I have to keep my cool Chinese glasses on my head so that the laser doesnt burn a hole in the side of my right eyeball.  This is getting bothersome.  So I want to put up a small acrylic wall to block the light from my blue diode.  I dont want to just build a case because I may be working on some large pieces and I want the option to just pick up the laser and put it on it. then move it over a foot and do the next section. 

My question is this.  What color acrylic would provide the best protection for my eyeball.  Should I just go with the green that glasses are made of or is there a better color for protection.   Oh and by wall I mean like a 1' by 1' piece of vertical acrylic.

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Engraving / Slate?
« on: October 20, 2016, 08:37:43 PM »
Ok I scoured the forum and havent found anyone that has tried slate.  Has anyone tried to engrave slate with a diode laser and not reported back yet?

  I found slate coasters at cost plus world market for 4 bucks.  So I guess I'll give it a try this weekend unless anyone can tell me its a no go! 

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Trouble Shooting / Usb not recognized
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:31:06 PM »
Ok well my laser isnt talking to my pc anymore.  So yesterday it was working fine. Today when I plug it in to the usb port the pc says Usb device not recognized.   I'm running windows 10 and have and L7 board.  I tried restarting the pc 3 times now and disconnected the usb cable a bunch of times.  Each time it says not recognized.  Anyone have any ideas?   

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