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Projects / Re: Veneer Cut Cards
« on: Today at 12:35:35 AM »
nice, well done!

Projects / Re: Slate Coasters
« on: Today at 12:34:55 AM »
or it could be the natural finish from when they cut and split the slate...?

Engraving / Re: Upgraded Stepper Motor Driver (TMC2130's)....SO QUIET
« on: September 24, 2018, 04:16:16 AM »
I was thinking of replacing the ones on my 3d printer with the TMC2130's...
anyone done this??
Maverick, you sound so happy with the change, was it just a straight swap or did you have to configure / setup the TMC2130's before they could work properly?

Projects / Re: Slate Coasters
« on: September 24, 2018, 01:32:37 AM »
If you buy nice thick slate coasters you can sand any images off and start over, I found this to be very useful when engraving pictures as they are more complicated (sometimes you need to invert the black / white for the picture to look human!).
This way if you have a test piece of slate you can sand it and keep testing on the same piece of slate, I use a belt sander, careful of the dust produced!
Nice results, well done!

Engraving / Re: Engraving on Ultra-Thin Veneer
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:17:48 AM »
I have an ongoing project (arn't they all!) to engrave Arabic style patters into wood veneer to create laser engraved lampshades.
The trick I need to figure out is how to engrave without only leaving the wood fibres. I find it tricky to get the power setting just right. I have so far only tried on the K40 so it might be easier with the 2.5w diode. I will run some tests over the weekend if I can find some time and report back.
The veneer is very thin (less than 0/5mm) so I am also looking to engrave the pattern on one sheet of veneer and then use another as backing but not sure the light will shine through 2 layers of veneer. Perhaps you could also try this with your thin veneer..?

Inspiration / Arabian Geomatric Patterns
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:15:16 AM »
This is a copy of the cd that comes with the Arabian Geomatric Patterns book by pipin books press. The rights on the images of the book are 'free' as in they allow you to use them to print t-shirts and other uses so I feel ok posting here. I use them with the kids to create all sorts of art but ultimately I got this to make laser engraved lampshades out of wood veneer.
Arabian Geomatric Patterns
I can reupload if needed.
An example of the patterns is attached.
If you are interested in this sort of mathematical patterns then I strongly advise you get this book, it is not as expensive as I would have thought at around 16pounds uk.

Projects / Re: Colorfull coasters - The Idea
« on: August 08, 2018, 06:40:52 AM »
I have done something similar... I engraved the whole design as deeply as I could and then masked off the parts I did not want painted the colour I wanted, painted, masked off the painted part and any other part not wanted to paint and continued. It would depend on your design though. when finished painting, sand and seal.
Worked ok as I only wanted different coloured letters...

Projects / Re: Typographic designed LP Record Clock
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:34:50 AM »
amazing result. well done.
I now need one of those '13 minutes" lasers...

General Discussion / Re: soccer football world cup 2018 rant.
« on: July 06, 2018, 05:25:29 AM »
Give it a few days ggallant571, someone will post a super interesting project we will all be jealous of and want to recreate!

General Discussion / Re: soccer football world cup 2018 rant.
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:45:24 PM »
I will drink to anything, so cheers to you all!!
but damm it, the Danes seem remarkably robust, i have not seen one fall all day???
and what is that magic spray the Croatian, and other teams use, powerful magic
it seems, one moment you are in dire pain the next you are leaping like a gazelles...
I need me some of that!!!!

General Discussion / new project? laser engrave knives?
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:39:43 AM »
So I have a family member who is off to university and I would like to send them packing with an engraved chopping board and some knives (some nice sharp ones, not the cheap nasty ones). I have not decided which knives to offer but the Ikea 365 VÍRDA Utility knife ones look nice. It looks like some sort of rubber handle.
Anyone managed to engrave a knife blade or would I be better engraving the handle ?
I should be able to manage the chopping board but I have not yet even tried to engrave metal...
I plan on using the K40 CO2 laser for this but can also use the 2.5W laser diode.
If it proves to be too difficult to engrave the knives I can always engrave a copping block..
suggestions welcome!!

General Discussion / Re: soccer football world cup 2018 rant.
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:57:37 AM »
my god, you guys are terrible, remind me never to get drunk with you!!

getting hit by the ball is one thing but faking a fall is ridiculous and especially so when you consider how much money some of these guys make. I saw some women's football recently, they seem so much less  fragile than the men!!

I do have to laugh at the youtube videos is pissed German fans putting all their garb in the bin... and how fantastic it is to see the Mexicans chanting in front of the Korean embassy that they are brothers...

T2 Engraving / Re: Not Working
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:53:31 AM »
Simple solution - switch to Linux.

As a linux user this was my first thought.... but I do not like to push my preferences on others. now Ianchia, if you want to give linux a go I am more than willing to help!!

Sounds to me like there is an update that is messing with your drivers. If installing linux, keeping an older un-updated version of windows is not a solution I can only suggest you clone your copy of the working windows into a Virtual Machine and not upgrade it. You could also look for the problematic upgrade and just block it from installing but this seems like a lot of work.


T2 Engraving / Re: Not Working
« on: June 26, 2018, 05:11:17 AM »
so as far as you are concerned the W10 finds the com port and it seems to be working correctly. But when you try T2Laser does not find the correct com port?
Also from your screen shot it looks like your driver needs further installation. Google told me that you might have to do the following (thought you might already have done this);
The solution was as suggested by ( ballscrewbob - thank you) disable driver signature enforcement.
This was done according to "How to geek". - Enable test signing mode. - Windows power shell (Admin) and to testsigning off when through.

CH341 driver then works

T2 Engraving / Re: Not Working
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:46:23 AM »
whilst the IT guys say this should work my AV popped up and said it did not like it...
so use at your own risk...

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