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Author: Santiago Ricoy
Email: [email protected]
Date: Last modified on 2/4/17
Keywords: laser cutter engraving etching burning cutting vector raster
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.
This tutorial's motivation is to teach a student new to the laser cutter how to expand their knowledge of using the laser cutter that can be gained from the precursor of this tutorial. The tutorial assumes the reader has the following background:
* Know how to manipulate size of images
* Ability to measure a curved surface
* Full understanding of material covered in previous tutorial: PREVIOUS TUTORIAL
The rest of this tutorial is presented as follows:
To complete this tutorial, you'll need the following items:
PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY
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.
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.
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.
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.
This tutorial's objective was to get a student up and running with the FSL Pro 36×24 Laser Cutter.
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.
For questions, clarifications, etc, Email: [email protected]