April 30, 2019 at 7:48 am #98700
Here’s some of the results from the weekend… I was busy
Got the chocolate 3D printer working somewhat, need to fine-tune heating and cooling and flow/nozzle size. it does work very well on the first layer with the right settings, things get sloppy on multiple layers because I don’t have my cooling setup yet properly.
got the DeWalt dw660 working for the first time, got a bit of foam then graduated to some cheap 1/4″ plywood
Took my laser to a ThinkPad T450 Notebook! Customized it 4 my mom has it’s a mother’s Day / birthday present for her. tested it out on the bottom first and it worked quite well, then went to the upper lid! The upper lid seems to be thicker, or all the same color plastic, the cut on the bottom showed a bit more as it revealed a different color plastic in the laser cut, it still looks sharp though, very subtle, you can only catch it in the right light.May 3, 2019 at 2:01 pm #99190May 3, 2019 at 7:06 pm #99211
Here’s another project from tonight. an easy F16 cut-out, quick customized gift for the nephew. It came out perfectly. I did two passes because I wasn’t confident it was a clean cut…. so I still need to fine tune settings, but I’m still very happy with the results. it’s only 8cm long. I’m annoyed I didn’t put the names facing the same way on the wings. silly mistake. good thing it’s for a 4 yr old. learning quick.
the etching was 30mm/sec 65% power cut mode 2 passes (I wanted it darker after pass 1)
the names were 30mm/sec 75%power cut mode 1 pass (this was an afterthought, before moving anything)
the cutting was 3.3mm/sec 100% power 0.3mm z set per pass, 7 passes then on my second run I did 6.6mmsec 100%power 0.43mm per pass 10 passes! way overkill…. I didn’t want to do it twice. I need to fine tune settingsMay 3, 2019 at 8:22 pm #99225
Cool little project. cutting and etching. That might be a good project to use to fine tune your settings with. You might end up with a need for a battle ship next!May 4, 2019 at 11:53 am #99283
Lots of fun with the laser this weekend… Gift for the optometrist in the familyMay 5, 2019 at 8:33 am #99389
RyanKeymasterMay 5, 2019 at 9:20 am #99398
…..lasers and optometrist. I have to say it, make sure you are all using good quality eye protection.
Definitely! …Not something you want to cheap out on, you only make that mistake once… I’m an electrician, so I’m used to working around things that can kill you on a daily basis 😉
I almost can’t see the low power focus dot with mine on, and even at that I don’t usually stick around in the immediate vicinity, I’ll go to the adjacent room and monitor things over a live video stream (with access to the emergency shutoff).
I love my GorillaPod camera mount for stuff like that… use it ALL the time. I need another. I use it on the 3d printer, the mpcnc, I take it on vacation, on the boat, very versatile.May 5, 2019 at 11:49 am #99419
I love my GorillaPod camera mount for stuff like that… use it ALL the time. I need another. I use it on the 3d printer, the mpcnc, I take it on vacation, on the boat, very versatile.
Ah! Why didn’t I think of that?! I’ve been stacking chunks of wood on paint cans on a mess of a bench to get my IP camera just right so I can babysit the MPCNC. We have three of those articulated tripod things. The kids have them in their toy bins. I think I better dig one up.May 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm #100369
I played around with the CNC Router today. worked on a beer 6 pack bottle holder. used scrap wood. it turned out well. going to use it for future gifts and projects for sure, gives you lots of real estate for CNC engraving/cutouts or laser work. Definitely going to make a few of these with some quality wood, and put some artwork on the sides.
I haven’t sanded it at all yet (probably won’t do much on this proof of concept…) used cheap plywood, and it hasn’t been glued together yet, it’s just press-fit.May 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm #100371May 13, 2019 at 7:41 pm #100387
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