Posts Tagged ‘Laser cutter’

New 2.5D pen/laser ESP32 controller

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Bdring published a new build: I have done several pen and laser machines lately, so I decided to create a custom PCB for Grbl_ESP32 for these types of machines. This is a small (70mm x 60mm) PCB with all the features a pen plotter or laser cutter/engraver would need. These...

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Getting control over a 50 watt CO2 laser cutter from China

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Unboxing laser cutter Co2 50 watt from China: There are people around me who think I’m crazy. And they are probably right. Who else would buy a machine from someone he does not know. I have to pay upfront. It is not clear how things will get delivered, what gets delivered,...

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Continuous Autofocus laser cutter hack

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Continuous Autofocus of a laser cutter using a wiimote controller from Martin Raynsford, he writes: We were inspired by the Glowforge laser cutters ability to continuously autofocus it's z axis. A camera mounted in the head of the laser detects a laser dot being shone onto the surface of the material...

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40 Watt Chinese CO2 laser upgrade with RAMPS & Arudino

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Dan Beaven has written up documentation on his Chinese K40 Laser upgrade: I've wanted to start playing with Laser Cutter/Engravers for quite a while. I finally happened across a great deal on a Chinese made 40 watt Laser Engraver with the Moshidraw software and control hardware. Wanting something I can modify...

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40W handheld laser cutter

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Martin Raynsford has written an article detailing his 40W handheld laser cutter: To generate the high voltage required to start lasing within the tube, I connected 200x 9V ‘dead’ batteries together, this generates nearly 2000V across the laser tube. I’ve been collecting these batteries for months, you can use old batteries...

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Open source laser cutter

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Martin Raynsford has written an article detailing his open source laser cutter project: Now that I have an easy way to switch controllers into my laser it's time to try out some of the different softwares. I'm quite comfortable with Arduino and I've got a fair few of them kicking...

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Cheap laser cutter arrives pretty busted up

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Like many others we have succumbed to the urge for a cheap laser cutter. What started as a $200 purchase quickly doubled, but that's still a fraction of the cost of an expensive one. Why do we what it? That's a not very well hit secret. The ubiquitous blue Chinese...

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DIY laser cutter project

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hans Peter of has been working on a Laser cutter project and wrote a detailed explanation on his blog describing the build: Having seen the crazy-fast development of the printers during the time I’ve had mine, I can clearly see that my printer is not the fastest or the most precise in...

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PCBs made using a laser cutter

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Joebell wrote this Instructable detailing the process of making a double-sided PCBs with a laser cutter: With a little practice, you can make excellent double-sided PCBs by combining a laser cutter with chemical etching. The basic idea is: the laser cutter blasts away spray painted etch resist, then chemicals eat away the...

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Arduino based ‘Etch A Sketch’ laser cutter

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

[embed][/embed] Martin Raynsford writes about his latest Arduino based project: We switched out the standard controller with an Arduino (just in time for Arduino day) and connected two rotary dials to directly manipulate the X and Y axis. As long as the laser only cuts while the axis are moving...

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Arduino based Z Axis laser cutter controller

Monday, March 10th, 2014

An Arduino based Z Axis laser cutter controller by Martin Raynsford The user pad has 4 buttons, one fast and one slow in either direction. If you push fast and slow at the same time the Z axis will datum in that direction, because the Z axis control system is now...

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Double sided PCB etching using a laser cutter

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

[embed][/embed] This video by Rich Olson demonstrates his method for creating 2-layer PCBs using his laser cutter and chemical etching. Via Hacked Gadgets.

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LaserOrigami: Laser-cutting 3D objects

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Researchers at Germany’s Hasso Plattner Institute have developed an amazing new Laser cutting 3D objects, the LaserOrigami: LaserOrigami is a rapid prototyping system that produces 3D objects using a laser cutter. LaserOrigami is substantially faster than traditional 3D fabrication techniques such as 3D printing and unlike traditional laser cutting the...

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DIY laser cutter for PCB stencils

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

HardwareBreakout shared a tutorial on how to make your own laser cutter for cutting PCB stencils: Are you sick and tired of using a tooth pick to apply solder paste? Are you still using through hole components because you don’t want to deal with soldering surface mount devices (SMD)? If...

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