Laser Engraving Machine

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The model of the Laser Engraving Machine located in Hackerspace.gr (Ampatiellou 11, 11144, Athens) is HQ-3020B. It is capable of cutting, engraving, and marking a number of different materials quickly and accurately when driven from CAD software such as CorelDraw and Inkscape.


Material Information

Materials that can and cannot be laser-cut [1]

Settings
Material Thickness (mm) Operation Power Feed (mm/s) Passes
Flexoid Oil Resistant Jointing sheet [2][3] 0.5 Cut 17 10 1
Flexoid Oil Resistant Jointing sheet [4][5] 0.8 Cut 20 10 1
TEMAFAST ECONOMY [6] 1 Cut 40 10 5

How to use it:

Download:

> Inkscape [7]

> K40 Whisperer [8]


To create your file:

> Open Inkscape

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> Draw your design with lines

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> Make colors in RGB (RED to engrave, BLUE to cut)

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> Select correct Document Properties:

- UNITS must be all in MM

- RESIZE page to content

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> Save as .svg file.

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To cut your file:


> Connect computer and machine with USB cable

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> Switch on the machine:

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- Switch power on

- Switch light on

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- Plug-in air - compressor

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In K40 Whisperer:

( > Open K40 Whisperer )

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> Initialize laser-cutter

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> Open design file

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> Adjust starting point and speed in K40 Whisperer

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On the machine:

> Place your material inside (it must be no bigger than A4)

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> Adjust power on machine

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> Make test

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> First engrave (BLUE) and then (CUT) by clicking "Vector Engrave" and "Vector Cut" in "K40 Whisperer".

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Make sure temperature does not exceed 30 °C

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> Switch off machine

> Clean up gently with vacuum cleaner

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Useful links

> boxes.py [9]

> obrary [10]


Projects

> what is cosmos / τι είναι κόσμος


This text contains information copied or inspired from http://atxhackerspace.org .