- October 20, 2016 at 9:28 am #19774
This is the driver.none for sale at the moment. Good reputation in laser community.
Attachments:October 20, 2016 at 9:35 am #19776
This is the driver.none for sale now.This seller has excellent rep in laser community.
Attachments:October 20, 2016 at 9:50 am #19778
Fyi this is the driver I was referring to. None for sale at the moment though. Seller has good rep in laser community.
Attachments:October 20, 2016 at 12:53 pm #19788
Is the Captain America engraved using the Ikea mirror? that looks great! Were you using the same settings you posted before?October 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm #19789
No it is not an IKEA mirror…
Settings used are.. Acceleration for X and Y boosted to 1000
Diagonal scanningOctober 24, 2016 at 5:10 am #19960
Here is my newest creation… I am rather impressed with myself on this one LOL (its not hard).
Quick video of it here Mirror vid
Attachments:October 24, 2016 at 6:58 am #19967
That looks really nice! Do you have LED’s mounted behind the mirror or something to make it white?October 24, 2016 at 7:00 am #19968
Yes its mounted in a shadow box that has about 15mm of space behind the mirror. I adhered the LEDs around the perimeter of the frame on the inside. Its using 1m of bright white 5050 leds… its bright lolOctober 24, 2016 at 9:18 am #19980
Very nice! The way the image “pops” had me thinking it was edge lit acrylic at first glance. You’re officially our resident subject matter expert on mirror engraving:)October 24, 2016 at 9:32 am #19981
I seem to learn something new with every mirror I do. Like right now I am running a mirror that it seems to have forgotten to turn the laser on for a few passes. So I let it finish then started the exact same code again. This time whats left of the silvered mirror finish is crumbling off like burnt paper leaving just the clear glass as opposed to the kinda of sandblasted looking finish. Interested to see what it looks like when its finished this evening.
I want to get into edge lit acrylic signs too but finding someone to sell me 1/4″ acrylic in Winnipeg Manitoba is not easy. Ordering online is kind of cost prohibitive.
My next adventure with the mirrors will be back lighting with colour. Enamel model paints pass light fairly well with a light coat.
I think I have decided to go ahead and purchase PicEngraver 5 Pro. I think it will save me enough time to warrant the $120 CAD that it will cost.October 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm #19989
If you’re selling your work then time= money. Looks like good software .October 24, 2016 at 12:42 pm #19990
Yea and it would make a difference. Even the demo on average was about 30% time savings even with the logos put all over the image which messed up the white space.October 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm #20005
Well my Mom wanted in on the engraving too… So I made her an Elvis mirror. This one was run twice. The mirror coating was totally removed then sprayed heavily with gloss black paint. The mirror is an 11×17
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These look amazing.October 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm #20016
Thank you. I appreciate the complements.November 10, 2016 at 6:34 am #20789
I promise I will get to a mirror tutorial… Been crazy busy pumping these things out lately.
Here is the latest back lit creations for customers.
Each unit uses 1 meter of 5050 LED strip. I have the boxes custom made from 4mm dibond. The boxes get screwed to the back of the mirror frame.
Attachments:November 10, 2016 at 11:13 am #20798
tutorials for us n00bs, please 😀 these all look cool!November 15, 2016 at 9:06 am #21018
When you set your acceleration values, are you using gcode in the header portion of Image2gcode?
e.g. M202 X1000 Y1000 ??
and you then set the feedrate to 1800mm in the feedrate field in Image2Gcode right?
Trying to do some images with white space but I’m getting burnt smeared lines across the image. See my attachment and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Thanks! Gonna try to do some mirrors for Christmas gifts!! 🙂
Attachments:November 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm #21038
That info is set in the header. And speed is set in feedrate.
I would say try slowing it down or turning down the acceleration… I would start with the accel.
Mirrors and quality of image is very dependent on their coating on the back. If it is not dark spray it flat black.
I find I get the best quality if I use a pixel resolution of 0.1mm
Let me know how that worksNovember 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm #21051
Hey thanks for the tips! Slowing it down has helped a lot with improving quality. Btw. What feedrate and accel rate do you usually use?November 16, 2016 at 6:17 am #21068
I use those settings typically. Some stubborn mirrors or real high detail I will slow it down to 1200mm/min.November 17, 2016 at 7:34 am #21097
Stay tuned… New tutorial coming soon to the home page.November 18, 2016 at 8:44 am #21135
These look awesome!
I also want to know more about your thoughts on the PEP5 workflow? When I got into 3D printing, I used the free options available and they were okay, but stepping up to Simplify3D was a total game changer… Looks like PEP5 might be in the same league?November 18, 2016 at 8:46 am #21136
Yes very much so… Probably the best $120 cad I have spend. It has paid me back in time saved for sure. It is easy to use and the guys support it well.November 18, 2016 at 9:42 am #21142
Does Pic Engraver 5 Pro skip over the white lines? Is that how you’re saving time?November 18, 2016 at 9:47 am #21144
Yes it skips the white space. Some images it save tons of time others… not so much. But over all generally makes a nice difference. In my opinion the software could be made smarter in the way that it travels but I imagine that would take one hell of an algorithm.
If you are going to be doing a lot it is worth spending the money on. If not I would save it.November 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm #21151
Would you mind sharing a screenshot of your settings in PEP? I’m looking through the tutorial and trying out the Demo but not sure what most of these are. I’m still in the ‘getting my laser attached’ phase right now but should be able to burn soon!November 18, 2016 at 12:36 pm #21152
Sure here you go.
Attachments:November 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm #21154
Thanks!! Have to go move a ton of snow then back to it!November 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm #21202
Finally got a mirror done. One christmas gift complete. Approx 10 bucks worth of material! Thanks for sharing your work jason.
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