G350 Laser machine: Lens cleaning

Yesterday I wrote about issues I was having with mirrors on my laser cutter. I mentioned that I couldn’t  get to the lens to inspect and clean it up. Well today with help of some great CNCZone forum members I finally figured it out.

Below Owen Hedger’s video on how it’s done. I’m also adding my own comments and photos after that.

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February 26th, 2015|Laser machine|0 Comments

Mirror mirror on the wall…

Today I’d like to talk a little about about mirrors in laser cutter machine and troublesome issue I had with mine.

In a laser machine like mine there are three special mirrors that bounce laser beam from the tube where it get’s created to the head/nozzle where beam of coherent light get focused by a special […]

February 25th, 2015|Laser machine|2 Comments

Lost in Translation

My SH350 laser cutter came with menu system set to Chinese.

This could be a problem for some (like me) who doesn’t speak this language.  It took me couple of days to find out how to change it (yup nothing in the manual) by contacting the eBay seller, who I’m guessing in turn contacted manufacturer.

Here’s a […]

February 24th, 2015|Laser machine|2 Comments

Laser Cutter: Unboxing (video)

In my last post  I described how I selected laser cutter/engrave from eBay. Here I’ll describe how and what I received, plus there’s going to be an unboxing video 🙂

Seller was located in California so I wasn’t too worried about shipping part. However it did take couple of weeks to finally receive it.  Major delay was from snow storms that we had here on East Coast.   Laser was shipped by Road Runner Transportation company and according to tracking info that seller provided to me package was a hefty 240 lb.

Once package arrived to upstate New York hub, I decided not to wait and contacted shipping company myself.  We scheduled delivery for next Monday, but that didn’t happen due to heavy snow. Fortunately delivery was rescheduled for next day.

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February 20th, 2015|Laser machine|3 Comments

Laser cutter/engraver machine: Intro

From the time I started making Xronos Clocks, my dream has been to get my own laser cutter machine.
The idea of not having have to rely on 3rd party to make my enclosures, to be able to design something and almost immediately have it made without huge expense driven me to finally purchase my own laser cutter.
Surprisingly there’s not much information out there on getting and setting up laser cutter, so I plan to have series of articles describing my learning experience in hopes to help someone who’s thinking about getting one of their own.

This is first post in the series, where I’ll talk about choosing right machine for my needs and acquiring it.

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February 20th, 2015|Laser machine|1 Comment