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1966
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 15, 2017, 04:30:23 PM »
Thanks. I made the changes. It did not have any noticeable effect. At high speeds my line is very wavy. At low speed, my line dips in the middle. I will post pictures and hopefully video of my x axis later. I am going to start a new thread for this as this is getting off topic from the thread name.

It is only my x axis that is having trouble. My Y is straight as an arrow.

1967
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 15, 2017, 12:13:09 PM »
It still looks a bit drunk, try reducing the accel/decel.

Enable debug mode so you can send manual commands, then type:

$120=200.000 [press enter]
$121=200.000 [press enter]

If it's a belt tension issue you should expect improvements, if not then it's something to do with the axis or the laser is loose etc.

I am going to do this today. What are the default values?

1968
General Discussion / Re: hi all newbie here
« on: January 15, 2017, 07:20:42 AM »
Very nice. Thanks

1969
Trouble Shooting / Re: Completely lost with setup, please help
« on: January 14, 2017, 07:30:15 PM »
I had similar issues when my started with benbox. When I would lose connection, I would have to reboot my computer. Try that.

1970
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 14, 2017, 07:26:40 PM »
Pot and lasers.......sounds like the makings of a rave

1971
General Discussion / Re: hi all newbie here
« on: January 14, 2017, 06:34:24 PM »
GGallant and Zax,
Can you post a pic of your machine with the switches?

1972
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 14, 2017, 04:28:43 PM »
@Zax I agree. It still is a bit drunk. I will look into it a bit more and see what happens. It may have to wait until later this week. What "wheels" do you use for your axis? The ones I have are the basic white wheels that came with the machine. I wonder if that could be part of the problem.

@nottingham82   That sounds like a great idea! now if I could just get my laser engrave to stop getting into my liquor cabinet!!!

1973
General Discussion / Re: hi all newbie here
« on: January 14, 2017, 04:18:07 PM »
I might have to try that. I have a 5 gallon bucket (19 liters for everybody else) full of reed switches I got from work. They would make good end stops.

1974
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 14, 2017, 03:42:03 PM »
ok. so here is my second version. I think it turned out a lot better. You know how it is a good idea to make one change at a time? Well, here is what I did (all at once):

  • changed to diagonal engraving
  • changed speed from 1800/2000 to 600/1000
  • burned on cardboard instead of the waste board/masonite?
  • reduced the size by 1/3

I think it turned out good. I plan to make a sign that will max out my A5 machine, but that won't be until next week. It is still -5* and a heat wave is coming. It will get up to 20-30*F (yay) so I should actually be able to stand it in my garage.

1975
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 14, 2017, 12:36:11 PM »
The belts don't feel loose. I just tightened them. Outside of some tensioning instrument, what is the best belt tension guage method do use?

1976
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 14, 2017, 12:23:45 PM »
no Zax, my machine is too young. That cabinet if for ME!

I was going at 1800 horizontal. theoretically, slowing the speed down should help. I will try that and diagonal.
should I go back to 0.9 then instead of 1.1?

1977
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 14, 2017, 11:43:39 AM »
I will give that a shot and report back.

1978
Engraving / Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« on: January 14, 2017, 11:25:27 AM »
Tanned leather engraves great, thin leather can be cut too but "oh that burning flesh smell".

Are you a vegetarian?  ;)

1979
Projects / Re: House Elves On Strike
« on: January 14, 2017, 11:21:58 AM »
ok. So I tried to do this one.
Last night, I took my engraver apart, flipped my x axis, greased up the wheels, tightened all bolts and tightened all of the belts. I did focus the laser as well. If you look at the picture labeled "full picture", you will see the difference between when I has the x axis going in reverse and when I finally found the setting to correct that.

The other two pictures are closeups of the lettering that shows the difference between the two burns.

For timeline purposes, I started the reversed burn and then found the menu. I stopped the burn, reversed the x axis in T2L and started again.
My questions is, why are my lines so wavy?

1980
General Discussion / Re: hi all newbie here
« on: January 14, 2017, 11:12:03 AM »
You are going to scare him off!  ;D

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