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Laser Cutter (60 watt)

Make/Model

  • Universal Laser Systems / ULS-V460

Specs

  • 60 Watts
  • Work Area: 24“ x 18”
  • Has motorized z-axis control with auto-focus

Current Status

  • ONLINE - Tube replaced 5/2013

Location

  • Laser Cutter Room

Software on Driver Computer

  • Corel Draw 12
  • Inkscape
  • The GIMP
  • DraftSight
  • 7-Zip
  • PDF Creator
  • DipTrace (free edition)
  • Google Fonts
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • VLC Media Player
  • LibreOffice

Tutorials

  • $1500 - David Buggs (Paid in Person)
  • $1000 - Brant Holeman
  • $50 - Pete (Paid via PayPal)
  • $50 - Joe R
  • $50 - MikeB (Paid via PayPal)
  • $50 - Vishal (Paid via PayPal)
  • $100 - Bob T (Paid via Mr. Franklin 1/23/14)
  • $100 - Dave Snyder (Pd via PayPal 1-22-14)
  • $500 - Dan Johnson (Paid with Check 2014jan23)
  • $100 - Jim K
  • $75 - Aaron K (Paid via Paypal 1/23/14)

TOTAL PLEDGED: $3575

TOTAL COLLECTED: $2425

Approved Trainers

Approved Users

UserTrained By Date
ShaneTTom Gondek08/25/12
DennisDTom Gondek08/25/12
StevePDennisD08/25/12
MattWDennisD08/25/12
RoycePDennisD08/28/12
PetePDennisD08/28/12
Tom MurphyDennisD08/28/12
Eric BernaDennisD08/28/12
RachaelDennisD08/28/12
VishalDennisD08/28/12
Jim RawsonDennisD08/28/12
JasonGDennisD08/28/12
DavidBDennisD08/28/12
Michael DiedrickDennisD08/28/12
Matt CzPeteP09/04/12
CollinBPeteP09/04/12
EvanCShaneT10/06/12
BretDShaneT12/15/12
CarlSBrant02/26/13
AndyKBrant02/26/13
Michael GuslickDennisD04/16/13
Tom KleinDennisD04/16/13
Jim KellyDennisD04/16/13
MattJDennisD04/16/13
TonyWDennisD04/16/13
Mike D'AmicoDennisD04/22/13
Brian BoldtDennisD04/22/13
Jack BaickDennisD04/22/13
Bob TrockeDennisD04/23/13
RichPLanceL04/28/13
Tait LeswiagDennisD05/08/13
Ed CramerLanceL04/01/13
Chris HemmerlyLanceL06/20/13
GaryT Jr.PeteP06/25/13
AlexiaNLanceL06/29/13
BradRLanceL07/07/13
Linda SzLanceL07/07/13
TrentCBrantH07/23/13
MicahBBrantH08/10/13
DavidHBrantH08/16/14
DavidSBrantH08/17/14
Kedar MBrantH08/17/14
Chris WilsonBrantH08/17/14
Robert DigateKeithM08/26/14
Larry AndersonKeithM08/26/14
Sam LaturiKeithM08/26/14
Alex RepavichKeithM08/26/14
HaosKeithM08/26/14
Akai CoitKeithM08/26/14
Felisha WildShaneTSometime in the past
Chad LBrantH09/02/14
Peter GBrantH09/02/14
Kashif S.KeithM9/4/14
David H.KeithM9/4/14
EthanBrant9/6/14
AaronABrant9/6/14
AaronSBrant9/6/14
BlakeBrant9/6/14
SteveBBrant9/6/14
Kat L.ShaneT/KeithM9/16/14
Isaac S.KeithM10/17/14
Elise F.KeithM10/17/14
Rachel D.KeithM.10/17/14

History

  • 2012/05/15 - Arrived at Makerspace
  • 2012/12/31 - Moved to Lenox
  • 2013/02/17 - Replaced damaged lens
  • 2013/05/29 - Laser tube burned out (last replaced in 2008)
  • 2014/01/03 - Ghosting, double images noted in top left (origin) of workspace, possible carriage is coming off track due to inertia when changing direction, refrain from using raster engraving in corner of machine or use vector and slower speeds
  • 2014/02/01 - Ghosting problem solved. The lower bearing on the back of the carriage was not lined up properly. Currently fully functional.
  • 2014/04/22 - Problems with the z-axis not homing properly, eventually fixed
  • 2014/05/08 - Replaced gas springs on lid

Manual

Material Settings

  • The following settings are suggestions from various members. Use at your own discretion.
  • Remember that you can always run multiple passes if needed.
  • Off-focus heights can be achieved by placing additional material over your work piece, focusing the machine, then removing it before cutting.
Material Thickness Finish Operation Speed Power PPI Focus Passes Result Notes Contributor
Baltic birch 1/8“ Unsanded, stock Raster engraving 90% 80% 500 Focused 1 ? This leaves a nice, deep etch, suitable for most standard projects. Some clean up necessary Shane T.
Baltic birch 1/8” Unsanded, stock Raster engraving 30% 40% 500 Focused 1 ~0.05“ n/a Brant
Baltic birch 1/8” Unsanded, stock Vector engraving 30% 40% 500 Focused 1 ~0.05“ n/a Brant
Baltic birch 1/8” Unsanded, stock Vector cutting 3% 83% 300 Focused 1 ~0.125“ n/a Shane T.
Baltic birch 1/8” Unsanded, stock Vector cutting 2% 80% 500 Focused 2 ~0.125“ n/a Brant
Baltic birch 1/8” Unsanded, stock Vector cutting 3% 60% 500 Focused 3 ~0.125“ Doesn't burn as easily Brant
Acrylic 1/8” Stock Vector engraving 7.5% 20% 500 Focused 1 0.05“ n/a Brant
Acrylic 1/8” Stock Raster engraving ?% 20% 500 Focused 1 0.05“ n/a Brant
Acrylic 1/8” Stock Vector cutting 1.5% 25% 300 Focused 3 Cut thru Watch kerf and melting edges Brant
Acrylic 1/8“ Stock Folding, origami 33% 20% 500 1/8” higher 20 No effect n/a Brant
Acrylic 1/8“ Stock Folding, origami 33% 20% 500 1/2” higher 20 Light cut n/a Brant
Acrylic 1/8“ Stock Folding, origami 33% 20% 500 1/2” higher 60 Fold, <30 deg n/a Brant
Acrylic 1/8“ Stock Folding, origami 33% 20% 500 1/2” higher 100 Fold, <60 deg n/a Brant
Acrylic 1/8“ Stock Folding, origami 33% 20% 500 1/2” higher 200 Fold, <90 deg n/a Brant
Chip Board 1/16“ corrugated Stock Vector engraving 60% 100% 500 Focused 1 0.05” Handwritten in margins of the manual Brant
Chip Board 1/16“ corrugated Stock Vector cutting 9% 100% 500 Focused 1 Cut thru Handwritten in margins of the manual Brant
Mat Board 1/8” corrugated Stock Vector cutting 11% 100% 200 Focused 3 Cut thru Handwritten in margins of the manual Brant
Etch resist on copper circuit board, PCB 0.05“ Paint layer only Raster engraving? 25% 90% 1000 Focused ? Good Ask TomGz, AdamC or ChrisH Brant
Etch resist on copper circuit board, PCB 0.05” Paint layer only Raster engraving? 30% 80% 800 Focused ? Didn't work Ask TomGz, AdamC or ChrisH Brant
Glass Any Stock Vector engraving ?% ?% ? ? ? ? See manual Brant
Glass Any Stock Raster engraving ?% ?% ? ? ? ? See manual Brant
Leather 7 oz. Stock Vector cutting 0.4% 60% 500 Focused 1 ? Handwritten in margins of the manual Brant
Leather Any Stock Raster engraving ?% ?% ? ? ? ? See manual Brant
Black-on-white sign plastic 1/8“ Stock Raster engraving 30% 15% 500 Focused 1-3 0.05” Works best with air assist off Brant
Black-on-white sign plastic 1/8“ Stock Vector engraving 30% 15% 500 Focused 1-3 0.05” Works best with air assist off Brant
Black-on-white sign plastic 1/8“ Stock Vector cutting 2% 25% 500 Focused 1-3 Cut thru Works best with air assist off Brant
Metal Any Stock Any n/a% n/a% n/a n/a n/a DO NOT ATTEMPT n/a Brant

Donations for a Replacement Tube

The tube burned out in May 2013. The following people contributed to replace it:

  • $50 - Tom Gr. - Paid Tom Gr.
  • $50 - Lance - Paid via Cash
  • $50 - Vishal - Paid Tom Gr.
  • $100 - Dennis
  • $100 - Brant - Paid cash to Gondek
  • $200 - Buggs - Paid 6/6 via PayPal
  • $50 - Pete - paid via paypal
  • $100 - Tony - Paid Tom Gr.
  • $50 - Have Blue - paid via paypal
  • $100 - Bill - paid via paypal
  • $50 - Joe R. - Paid to Tom Gr.
  • $100 - Shane T. - Paid (to either one of the Toms or Brant; I can't remember)
  • $50 - Linda - paid Tom Gr.
  • $50 - Caitlin - paid via paypal
  • $50 - Bob T.
  • $25 - Joseph B.
  • $30 - Adam -paid Tom Gondek w/ Paypal
  • $50 - Bret - paid Tom Gr.
  • $100 - Rich P.
  • $25 - Jerry - paid via paypal
  • $20 - Andy - paid to Tom Gr.

TOTAL PLEDGED: $1425
TOTAL RECEIVED: $1025

Notes

Please read about the ventilation system.

The Laser Cutter is expensive and dangerous. DO NOT leave it unattended. Things can start on fire.

Some jobs take a long time to run. If you need to run to the bathroom or something, find someone to watch it for you.

You can etch/cut various materials. Cut: paper, acrylic, plastic. Etch: wood, acrylic, plastic, etc. (For more in-depth info, see the manual.)

Some great info from Lady Ada: http://www.ladyada.net/library/laser/

Metrix Create:Space has an interesting page detailing how they let people use their laser cutter: http://wiki.metrixcreatespace.com/laser-cutter

What can you cut and etch? Here's some good primer info: http://www.epiloglaser.com/how-it-works/laser-material-compatibility.htm

Control Panel Design Files

How to manually focus the 60-watt machine

  • Turn machine on
  • After the display reads “READY” open the lid
  • There's stuff you select in the menu options
  • Then use the arrow keys to raise and lower the bed
  • Find the focus gauge located left of the bed inside the machine, it is a white post with a round, black base
  • Place the gauge with the black base down on your material, under the red carriage

How to fix z-axis not homing correctly

  • When the bed won't rise up or it only lowers, try these steps
  • Turn machine power off
  • Clean the infrared sensor and reflector across the top half of the bed
  • Manually raise the bed by turning the vertical screws by hand
  • There's a two-pronged, u-shaped sensor in the middle of the bed on the right
  • The bed has a peg that slides into this sensor
  • If the sensor is dirty, the machine will think it has homed already. Clean as needed.
  • Turn machine back on and press Z to auto focus
  • Check Chapter 4 of the V460 Manual for Troubleshooting

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equipment/lasercutter3.txt · Last modified: 2014/10/17 19:46 by keithm