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Alternative to adding a Z axis
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:17:19 AM »
If you're on a budget but still want to raise and lower your parts for engraving or cutting, a lab jack might be a solution. Here is a link to one I found on Amazon that is not too expensive.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DW6TMKW/

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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 12:35:01 PM »
If you can find one of the K40 laser beds they are ideal, the later ones are motorized. They include a honeycomb top, 3~4" of travel and a limit switch for homing. I paid $70 on ebay a few years ago but don't see any used ones for sale right now.

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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 01:15:10 PM »
That's not a bad price! I'll have to keep my eye out for one. I can always add some stepper motors to it later.

I ran across this in a youtube video of a 10W laser setup and he mentioned that it came with his laser machine. I went looking for it and once I figured out what it was called I found some on Amazon and Ebay.

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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 01:40:53 PM »
Now that is the good ole Redneck solve there! LOL
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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 01:55:37 PM »
Hey, you do what you gotta do right?

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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2016, 02:57:12 PM »
Hey I'm down with It!!

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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2016, 08:30:03 AM »
I try to keep an even balance... high tech with low tech :)

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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 02:01:13 PM »
I picked up two of those lifts shown on Amazon, when I got them they were different than the Amazon picture.  I was going to get one and put a stepper motor, but I think the ones we use would not lift it, allot of drag. For Z-Axis lift, I would give it "1 Star". For Electronic Microscope and  Camera Focus closeup adjustment, I would give it a "3 1/2 -4 Stars".
« Last Edit: December 20, 2016, 07:37:18 AM by dreamaker »

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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2016, 06:14:56 AM »
My thought was to keep it manual and just turn the knob to lift and lower it. Mostly thinking about using it to raise the part for multiple passes.

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Re: Alternative to adding a Z axis
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2016, 08:01:16 AM »
I am not saying they are junk, I would think, they are worth the money. For a manual lift they are OK.  For camera Macro and Micro Video and Photography would be handy for adjusting depth of field.