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Thread: Laser with vCarve Desktop and Mach3

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    Laser with vCarve Desktop and Mach3

    I was finally able to get a good configuration and output from vCarve Desktop that works with Mach3

    I still have some tweaks to do to the Postscript processor, but here was the test run. Was running at about 150 ipm, which is a bit fast, need to slow down to about 80 - 100 to crisp up the lines some, there are some delays I need to work out with the M03 and M05 commands, seems like it's pausing a lot between them.



    The final output.
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    Also did one that was just an outline, each are about 4" x 4". This one was ran about 60 ipm, so see the start/stop points burned a little more.
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    Last edited by Darren Wright; 08-30-2015 at 02:49 AM.
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    Looks like you're cookin'.
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    Those actually look pretty darn good from here! Certainly a nice little addition to your existing setup.

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    Fun stuff!
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    Nice Darren! Great work, man!

    I keep wanting a laser head for mine ... one of these days
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Beam View Post
    Nice Darren! Great work, man!

    I keep wanting a laser head for mine ... one of these days
    I'm happy with this one, but I'd probably go with the 2.8w if I was to do it again rather than the 2w. However, the driver I got is the same as the one used on the 2.8w, so will just be a mater of updating the laser itself. I'm thinking about rebuilding the mount for my router and making it where the laser can ride along (detachable), so I can do cutting and engraving operations without having to remove the router each time. Probably would take the laser off during the cutting operations though.
    Darren

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    You sure are making it difficult for me, Darren! I know I'll have to add a laser to my SO2 before long!!!

    Looks like you've got a good start with your system. Looks pretty good from here!!!
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    I sure am jealous about the Laser.

    Maybe after I get past my new CNC Router I can look into Laser - that is several years away

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    I might have found a solution using a DAC (digital analog converter) that uses the z axis steps to control the laser's intensity to allow mach3 to do gray scale image engraving.

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    Now you cooking with gas

    Oh before i am misunderstood i dont mean gasoline. lol where i came from most cooking is done with electric stove and we always regarded gas as a faster hotter alternative.

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