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-====== Full Spectrum Laser Pro 36x24 Laser Intro and Quick Start ======+====== Full Spectrum Laser Pro 36x24 Rotary Attachment ​======
  
  
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 The photo above depicts the completed laser etch on a HydroFlask water bottle. This was done using the rotary attachment in conjunction with our Full Spectrum Laser Pro Series laser cutter. ​ The photo above depicts the completed laser etch on a HydroFlask water bottle. This was done using the rotary attachment in conjunction with our Full Spectrum Laser Pro Series laser cutter. ​
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-  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_intro_and_quick_start#​items_required|Items Required]] +  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_rotary_attachment#​items_required|Items Required]] 
-  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_intro_and_quick_start#​warnings|WARNINGS]] +  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_rotary_attachment#​warnings|WARNINGS]] 
-  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_intro_and_quick_start#​rotary_setup|Rotary Setup]] +  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_rotary_attachment#​rotary_setup|Rotary Setup]] 
-  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_intro_and_quick_start#​engraving|Engraving]] +  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_rotary_attachment#​engraving|Engraving]] 
-  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_intro_and_quick_start#​final_words|Final Words]]+  * [[full_spectrum_laser_pro_36x24_rotary_attachment#​final_words|Final Words]]
  
  
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 ==== Rotary Setup ==== ==== Rotary Setup ====
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 +{{:​sricoy:​laser_cutter:​attachment.jpg?​nolink&​300|}}
  
 With the machine completely turned off, and the x-axis pushed to the top of the machine, place the rotary attachment, pictured above, on the cutting table. With the machine completely turned off, and the x-axis pushed to the top of the machine, place the rotary attachment, pictured above, on the cutting table.
  
-The side of the rotary attachment with the cable and motor should be facing the side of the machine that has the control panel on it. +The side of the rotary attachment with the cable and motor should be facing the side of the machine that has the control panel on it (this should be to your right) 
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 +{{:​sricoy:​laser_cutter:​20170213_163709.jpg?​nolink&​300|}}
  
 What we are doing is essentially replacing the y-axis of the machine with our rotary cutter. On the side of the machine that has the control panel, behind the belt for the y-axis is the plug for the y-axis motor controller. Unscrew and unplug that, and replace it with the plug for the rotary cutter motor controller. What we are doing is essentially replacing the y-axis of the machine with our rotary cutter. On the side of the machine that has the control panel, behind the belt for the y-axis is the plug for the y-axis motor controller. Unscrew and unplug that, and replace it with the plug for the rotary cutter motor controller.
  
-Aligning:+Once done, the machine may be powered on. 
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 +**Aligning**: 
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 +{{:​sricoy:​laser_cutter:​laseralign.jpg?​nolink&​300|}}
  
 We need to now be sure that our laser cutter'​s axes are not skewed. Yes, that can be done for some artistic effect, but you may be better off skewing your image in software, and engraving that instead. We need to now be sure that our laser cutter'​s axes are not skewed. Yes, that can be done for some artistic effect, but you may be better off skewing your image in software, and engraving that instead.
  
-To do this, lower the cutting table until the laser head is clear of the rotary attachment.+To align the rotary attachment, lower the cutting table until the laser head is clear of the rotary attachment. Place the laser head above the rotary attachment. 
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 +We check the x-axis alignment of our rotary attachment by simply running our red laser across the attachment'​s track (using the x-axis crossbeam to move the red laser along the very edge of the track). If it distances from the edge of the track, then we adjust so that it no longer happens. Once the red laser maintains the same distance along the entirety of the track, the attachment is aligned and you may proceed to the next step. 
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 +**Small Note on Homing**: 
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 +Power on the laser cutter, and allow it to boot. 
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 +Following the introductory tutorial, you may have a preference for homing the laser head on the laser control panel, or homing it via the home button in RetinaEngrave3D;​ either is fine. However, with the rotary attachment, there is **no limit switch** on the y-axis, and the homing process will drag on <fc #​ff0000>​indefinitely</​fc>​. 
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 +**To overcome this**, simply begin the homing process (the rotary attachment begins turning), and allow the x-axis to hit its limit switch. Then, manually push the x-axis beam toward the top and into the y-axis limit switch, after which the machine will consider itself homed. Return the x-axis crossbeam to wherever it was above the attachment. 
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 +**Activating in RetinaEngrave**:​ 
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 +{{:​sricoy:​laser_cutter:​retengcylinder.png?​nolink&​300|}} 
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 +{{:​sricoy:​laser_cutter:​retengcylinderopt.png?​nolink&​500|}} 
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 +With the laser cutter booted, and RetinaEngrave3D opened, find the rotary attachment option. The rotary attachment option is accessed via the button with the cylinder icon. Enable the attachment. 
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 +**All default options should be correct for this friction-based rotary attachment, and at the time of writing, should never be changed.** 
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 +**Note:** If the rotary attachment option within RetinaEngrave is **not** activated, the machine will operate the rotary attachment in the same increments that the normal y-axis is operated. To the user, it will appear that the rotary attachment is turning very large distances very quickly (spinning WAY TOO FAST). Be sure not to forget the activation step, as items to be engraved can be easily broken in this manner.
  
-We check the alignment of our rotary attachment by simply running our red laser across the track. If it distances from the edge of the track, then we adjust so that it no longer happens. 
  
 ===== Engraving ===== ===== Engraving =====
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 +Place the round item to be engraved in between the wheels on the rotary attachment. ​
 +Be sure both ends are touching the rubber bands on the wheels.
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 +{{:​sricoy:​laser_cutter:​focusbottle.jpg?​nolink&​300|}}
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 +Double check that the laser is directly over the axis of rotation of your object, and use the focusing ruler (found behind the left track for the y-axis) to place the laser head at the correct distance from your object. Using the knob on the left of the attachment, adjust your object so that the same distance from the object is held for the whole cut.
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 +The engraving can be started just the same way mentioned in the introductory tutorial. Simply press "​go"​ or G on the keyboard.
  
  
 ===== Final Words ===== ===== Final Words =====
  
-This tutorial'​s objective was to get a student up and running with the FSL Pro 36x24 Laser Cutter. ​+This tutorial'​s objective was to get a student up and running with the FSL Pro 36x24 Laser Cutter ​friction rotary attachment
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-Speculating future work derived from this tutorial, you may want to consider reviewing 3D projects created using a laser cutter, and an alternate ​post discussing engraving and cutting ​a variety of materials. In the big picture, the problem of disseminating knowledge about the laser cutter ​can be solved with this tutorial.+Speculating future work derived from this tutorial, you may want to consider reviewing 3D projects created using a laser cutter, and a later post that will discussing engraving and cutting materials. In the big picture, the problem of engraving round objects ​can be quickly resolved using this tutorial, although items that are not cylindrical may require another approach.
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 For questions, clarifications,​ etc, Email: [email protected] For questions, clarifications,​ etc, Email: [email protected]
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