It’s been a while since we put some laser cutter updates on the forums. Mostly they’ve just been mentioned in Discord as they happen, with the occasional update to the Wiki page. Lots of things have changed since our last forum post update - new laser tube, new laser power supply, new lens, new mirrors, a coolant flush, and a whole lot more other stuff I know I’m forgetting. The end result of all this is that the machine is now more powerful than a year ago but it’s still just as temperamental & finicky as it’s always been. All our old cutting/marking/engraving profiles are now all incorrect, and every time we need to cut something new (including every new thickness of an existing material) we have to spend some time working out the appropriate settings all over again.
At any rate, here’s yet another attempt to document the continuous work that goes on with this machine! I’ve installed some rubber edging on the bottom of the bed to prevent bits falling down the crack between the bottom area and the wall, because removing the bottom cover to access a part that fell down the crack is a complete pain that I don’t want to do any more. It’s worth mentioning that this strip is attached to the bottom bed and only resting against the side wall - this is to make it easier to deal with when the bottom cover is removed and reinstalled. However, it also means that it can get pinched if you push down on the bottom of the bed since the bottom of the bed can flex a little. As such, this is a notice that you shouldn’t push down on the bottom of the bed when wiping it clean, and if you do happen to do so please flip the rubber strip back up to the correct position (anything thin will do - ruler, pen, screwdriver, even your fingers if you’ve got small hands, etc).
(Time for a little “No More Gaps” - rubber strip style!)