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Thanks - Leo, David, Ryan, Ted G, Jeff, etc… I read all of your comments and posts about lasers and I learned a lot. It gave me the confidence to go ahead and give this a shot as a non-engineer, coding type guy. In the vein of, “I’d rather be lucky than good”, it all worked - the very first time, thanks to the team on this forum.
Pics of the laser and setup first then a breakdown of a few things I learned along the way.
Things I learned:
- Power. I thought this was going to be a bigger issue than it ended up being. Because my laser is 12v it was pretty much ‘plug and play’ into the Fan 1 connection on the mini-rambo. NO ADJUSTMENTS were needed to the firmware or pins…which was awesome.
-gcode. The J Tech plug-in for inkscape works. I was quickly able to get text and simple outlines into executable gcode. Still working images and raster…but that’s what the forums are for!
-Laser mount. There wasn’t a mount that fit a 33mm x 33mm laser on Thingiverse so I had to dive into Fusion 360 to make my own. It took a minute but it was a great learning experience The new ‘Mesh’ feature in Fusion 360 allowed me to take the DW 660 Lower Mount designed by Ryan and remix it to make it work for my laser. Its simple and it just works - which I like! It takes advantage of the machine screw holes on the back.
This was really fun and I learned a lot. I continue to be appreciative of this site and everything that Ryan is doing to help others do awesome things.
Have a good one!