Laser Cutter

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TkkrLab Laser Cutter CW3040.jpeg

Usage

Don't use the following materials :

  • MDF,
  • PVC plastic of other material containing chlorine,
  • Teflon or other materials containing fluorine,
  • Rubber,
  • Not recommended Polycarbonate (also known as Lexan, it produces a ugly edge and smokes like crazy).

If you are not sure you can use this diagram to identify the material

ALWAYS keep an eye on your job when the laser is working. Don't leave it unattended.

After each use clean the laser (lens and mirror) with a cotton swab and aceton, do not exert pressure on the lens while cleaning.

Preparation

  • Download Visicut, in version 1.7.9-51 or later you can download under menu 'Options --> Download recommended settings : Select "Netherlands, Enschede: TkkrLab"'
  • For older versions of visicut, download setting for TkkrLab
  • Start visicut and use menu 'Extra --> Install Inkscape Extension'


Steps

Turn on the laser

Switch on the wall & emergency button on the laser.

Put in the material

The table have to be on the right height, on the right there is a red line, the top of the material should align to this red line.

Check settings

Find the right settings of the material you want to use.

CHECK table with settings (power and speed)

Visicut

In Inkscape make something you want to cut. If you have your design done use men 'Extensions --> Lasercut path --> Open in Visicut'

For instructions of visicut check FabLab Berlijn

Select the right material and use the settings table for the right power/speed.

Use EXECUTE to start the laser cutter job.

Visicut settings
Material Speed Power Number of times
Poplars plywood (populieren triplex) 3.5mm 10 100 1
Birch plywood 6mm 4 100 1x?
Acrylic, black 2mm 10 100 1
Acrylic,transparent 2mm 20 100 1
Acrylic, transparent 3mm 10 100 1
Acrylic, transparent 4mm 10 100 2

Burn

Clean the lens and mirror after each job or at least once a day. Use cotton stick with aceton and lightly brush the surface of the mirror/lens.

Specifications

  • New brains Smoothie board
  • Software compatible : Visicut, Inkscape
  • Port : IP
  • Item Code: CW3040
  • Working Table Size: 300 *400mm
  • Laser Tube : CO2 glass Tube
  • Laser Power : 40W
  • Cutting Speed : 0-2000 mm/min
  • Engraving Speed : 0-3000mm/min
  • Resolution : ±0.05mm /1000DPI
  • Motor : Stepper
  • Power Voltage : AC 110-220V±10%,50-60Hz
  • Working Environment : 0-45? 5-95% (humidity)
  • Power consumption : 300W (Total)
  • Table type : Aluminum (Optional upon needs)
  • Coolingmode : Water-cooled system
  • Cutting thickness : 3-4mm (upon materials type)
  • Rotary device : optional
  • Packing Size : 123*79*60cm
  • Gross Weight : 77/kg

No longer valid

  • Software compatible : CorelDraw,AutoCAD,Photoshop
  • Software : CorelDraw (Direct Output)
  • Support Fils : BMP,HPGL,PLT,DST and AI
  • Port : USB 2.0 Plug and play

Controller board

No longer in use we replaced this with a Smoothie clone board.

External Links

If you want to improve the laser check the following links

Box makers

Inkscape boxmaker settings

Kerf 0.600 mm
Clearance 0.450 mm

Maintenance

Clean the lens and mirror after each job or at least once a day. Use cotton stick with aceton and lightly brush the surface of the mirror/lens.

Keep the rods oiled (no WD-40)

I (Duality) Quote:

Never use wd-40 as a lubricant. The primary ingredients in wd-40 are kerosene and mineral spirits, which can be corrosive and are otherwise not suitable for mechanical lubrication.

Also you don´t want a (wd-40) sprayed mirror ;).

focusing: link

how to maintain a laser cutter: maintenance

Water Cooling

If you need to replace the water in the water cooling replace it with Demi water with 10% antivries (in case the room can get < 0c).

Air Filter

  • Transport keep it upright (or let it rest 96 hours).

Replacement parts

  • Laser tube around € 500 (should last between 4000 hours (if you use always full power) - 10000 hours (if you only use engraving).
  • Replacement Air filter : cost € 85 for active carbon, € 200 for the rest (285 of the whole filter)). Expected life 2 years
  • Mirror € 80,=
  • Lens 38 mm € 250,=