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 ====== LASER CUTTER ====== ====== LASER CUTTER ======
  
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 Quelab is pleased to offer to its members access to a 80 watt CO2 infrared laser cutter. Quelab is pleased to offer to its members access to a 80 watt CO2 infrared laser cutter.
  
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 Head over to [[:laser-operations|Laser Operations]] for laser usage and procedures. Head over to [[:laser-operations|Laser Operations]] for laser usage and procedures.
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 +==== Scheduling Time on the Laser Cutters ====
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 +Starting in August of 2019, we have two google calendars used to reserve time on the Quelab Laser Cutters.  See [[Laser Cutter Reservations]] for detailed information.
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 ==== Configuration/Calibration Tips ==== ==== Configuration/Calibration Tips ====
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 PNG and JPG files can be directly imported for //engraving only//. PNG and JPG files can be directly imported for //engraving only//.
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 ==== Troubleshooting Tips & Info ==== ==== Troubleshooting Tips & Info ====
  
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       * Check the wires going to and from the HV power supply and to the laser tube. Any other wires that may have come loose. Note that the HV side of the power supply and the connections to the tube may have high voltage present even if we **think**  the laser is off. Use appropriate caution - check with the system unplugged from AC mains.       * Check the wires going to and from the HV power supply and to the laser tube. Any other wires that may have come loose. Note that the HV side of the power supply and the connections to the tube may have high voltage present even if we **think**  the laser is off. Use appropriate caution - check with the system unplugged from AC mains.
   * Being that the meter show 0mA, that knocks out issues with the optics and leaves the lid switch and the water flow sensor, and possibly the HV power supply, and far less likely the tube. I say less likely and the laser should just get weaker and weaker if it was going out.. Also the meter will only register during actual cutting. It will not move if you only pulse the laser with the button on the control panel.   * Being that the meter show 0mA, that knocks out issues with the optics and leaves the lid switch and the water flow sensor, and possibly the HV power supply, and far less likely the tube. I say less likely and the laser should just get weaker and weaker if it was going out.. Also the meter will only register during actual cutting. It will not move if you only pulse the laser with the button on the control panel.
 +  * HELP! I see circles instead of a solid engraving!
 +      * Someone set the advanced engraving option "Fill Circle" Uncheck the box to turn it off.{{::lasercut_fill-circle_option.png|}}
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 ==== Links/Resources ==== ==== Links/Resources ====
  
   * LaserCut Software related:   * LaserCut Software related:
-    * [[http://grahamwideman.wikispaces.com/Laser+cutter+--+LaserCut+software|http://grahamwideman.wikispaces.com/Laser+cutter+--+LaserCut+software]] documentation install issues/workarounds for Leetro Lasercut based machines. (links to some API info for tinkerers) +      * [[http://grahamwideman.wikispaces.com/Laser+cutter+--+LaserCut+software|http://grahamwideman.wikispaces.com/Laser+cutter+--+LaserCut+software]] documentation install issues/workarounds for Leetro Lasercut based machines. (links to some API info for tinkerers) 
-    * [[http://www.leetro.com/english/down/59.html|http://www.leetro.com/english/down/59.html]] manual and lasercut 5.3 installer downloads.+      * [[http://www.leetro.com/english/down/59.html|http://www.leetro.com/english/down/59.html]] manual and lasercut 5.3 installer downloads.
   * Web Apps & plugins that can help:   * Web Apps & plugins that can help:
-    * Box Maker: [[http://boxmaker.connectionlab.org|boxmaker.connectionlab.org]] - Automatic lasercut notched six-sided box generator. A little primitive, but if you don't have – or want to spend – the time figuring out all the notches for a simple box, this can be pretty nifty. It let's you plug in material thickness and basic notch parameters. It's also a neat way to see how this technique looks if it's a new method for you. +      * Box Maker: [[http://boxmaker.connectionlab.org|boxmaker.connectionlab.org]] 
-    * Box Maker extension for Inkscape. Has versions for both version .48 & .91 -  [[http://www.keppel.demon.co.uk/111000/111000.html|http://www.keppel.demon.co.uk/111000/111000.html]]+ 
 +- Automatic lasercut notched six-sided box generator. A little primitive, but if you don't have – or want to spend – the time figuring out all the notches for a simple box, this can be pretty nifty. It let's you plug in material thickness and basic notch parameters. It's also a neat way to see how this technique looks if it's a new method for you. 
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 +  * Box Maker extension for Inkscape. Has versions for both version .48 & .91 -  [[http://www.keppel.demon.co.uk/111000/111000.html|http://www.keppel.demon.co.uk/111000/111000.html]]
       * That link is now dead; here is a {{:inkscape-boxmaker-master.zip|zip file}}  from the unofficial source, [[https://github.com/hellerbarde/inkscape-boxmaker|https://github.com/hellerbarde/inkscape-boxmake]]       * That link is now dead; here is a {{:inkscape-boxmaker-master.zip|zip file}}  from the unofficial source, [[https://github.com/hellerbarde/inkscape-boxmaker|https://github.com/hellerbarde/inkscape-boxmake]]
-    * [[http://www.makercase.com/|http://www.makercase.com/]] another box maker. This one can do flat edges, finger joints or T-Slot edges! +  * [[http://www.makercase.com/|http://www.makercase.com/]] another box maker. This one can do flat edges, finger joints or T-Slot edges! 
-    * Member Margaret showed me another box maker web app: [[http://makeabox.io|MakeABox.io]]+  * Member Margaret showed me another box maker web app: [[http://makeabox.io|MakeABox.io]] 
 +  * [[http://climbers.net/sbc/make-laser-cut-case-elastic-clips/|http://climbers.net/sbc/make-laser-cut-case-elastic-clips/]] has a laser cut box with CLIPS that can latch the box shut! 
 +  * https://productrealization.stanford.edu/resources/processes/laser-cutting - this page has some nice sample projects to cut - a T-Rex to get started with, a basic box demonstrating tabbed box construction, and a teeny led lamp showing curving materials with a series of slits, as well as using captured nuts with screws for joinery.