Finished up the mechanical part of the cutter. The X/Y/Z table is done and everything is moving great. It went together really well other than a few small issues. Once I got the gantry on the y-axis rails, I noticed it started binding up about halfway up the rails. It took a lot of [...]
The project, not the actual laser cutter, but progress is once again being made. I live in Houston, TX and unfortunately, we only have two seasons; mild and ball-melting hot. We get mild from November to February or March and then ball-melting hot for the next seven or eight months. Since my garage is practically [...]
I love how smooth the movement is with the v-groove bearings and v-rails. It is really a beautiful thing. So beautiful in fact that I had to take a video of it. There is (almost) zero (happy?) slack on the movement, the sound you may hear when I switch directions is the mirror/lens assembly moving [...]
So I’ve been slowly collecting hardware for the laser cutter and I think I’m just about done. I currently have a huge pile of little bags of various fasteners on my workbench. Nuts, bolts, washers, lock washers, cut washers, t-nuts, bearings, rails, threaded rods, etc. I have a few more bits and pieces coming over [...]
Well, the frame is done. I’m really happy how it came together and squared up once all the pieces were connected. It feels quite solid now.
I also did a test hole on a scrap piece of steel v-rail. I’ve never really worked with anything harder than aluminum but it was cake. Hole looks [...]