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Laser Cutter/Engraver OptLaser 6W with Z-axis

Discussion in 'Laser Cutters' started by RobSaunders, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. RobSaunders

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    RobSaunders published a new build:

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  2. Anthony Bolgar

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    Nice build. On my diode laser I also made an adjustable Z axis, makes focusing so much easier than propping the work piece on various things to get to the proper focal length.
     
  3. RobSaunders

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    Thanks!
     
  4. Mark Carew

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    Great Build Rob, love the z axis idea! Thanks for sharing brother :thumbsup:
     
  5. RobSaunders

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    Thanks Mark. I ended up using LaserWeb4 and when I realized I could have control over the z-axis during a job, I had to add it.
     
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    Nice job Rob ! I hope to do something like this soon. I would like to be able to cut the three ply 5mm plywood you get at the box stores (HomeDepo, Lowes). By chance, have you tryed cutting plywood with your 6 watt Laser ?
     
  7. RobSaunders

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    Hi. For plywood I've only cut 1/16 and 1/32 stuff for aircraft. For a test I did cut thru a 1/2" piece of poplar.
     
  8. JustinTime

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    You cut thru a 1/2" material? WOW, that's great news. It will open up many possibilities. It may eliminate the need for CO2 laser, if time is not of an essence.
     
  9. RobSaunders

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    Yes but it's definitely not worth the time. I'm still trying to get a feel for what capabilities I have :)
     
  10. Steven Yampolsky

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    This is awesome! I'm also building ACRO to cut model airplane parts as well! I'm planning to use mostly 1/8 and 3/32 balsa and 1/64 ply and 1/8 lite ply. I'm a total newbie and need all the help I can get! The fact that you are using this laser for the same thing makes it easier to comprehend things.
    My question is: why do you need a z-axis if you are cutting sheets of balsa? Is it needed if I'm cutting multiple thicknesses at once(1/4" for flaps, 1/8 for ribs, etc)?
     
  11. dragonfire81m

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    most cases u have to make multiple passes to cut your material so the focal point changes very or very other pass
     
  12. Steven Yampolsky

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    Makes sense! Any chance you can share details of construction? 3d part files, components used(where to get them), how to prepare a cut file for multi pass.
     

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