Thursday, 16 January 2014
axCut Laser Cutter - cracked it! z axes working, honeycomb bed installed - lovely jubbly!
Have finished installing the z-axes drives along with the honeycomb bed, and it has made such a difference. I've been able to run some test cuts and finely calibrate the focal point (to within 0.1mm). The host comms also seems to be behaving better (I'm convinced it's my windows laptop causing issues).
So... here's a video of it all working together - and it is working extremely well. The test cut in the video is based on a friends wedding invite, and has converted into just 2223 lines of gcode - nice and compact thanks to the bezier curves!
The finished cut is very, very good - comparing it to the commercial reference (from same design file) it's as good, if not better (less wobble to the edges). The low feedrate I've used may also be a contributing factor, but I'm still feeling rather smug.
Still lots to do on the hardware side (enclosure, cable chain for air assist, a rigid trolley), but for now, I think I'll take some time to play with cutting stuff!
Posted by Damian at 23:30