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==Overview==
 
==Overview==
====== Specifications ======
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=== Specifications ===
'''Laser Model:''' Rabbit Laser QX-80-1290 80W<br />
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'''Laser Model:''' Rabbit Laser QX-80-1290 (80 Watt)<br />
'''Working area:''' 47.2 x 35.4 inches (1200 x 900 mm)
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'''Working area:''' 1200 x 900 mm (47.2 x 35.4 inches)
 
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=== Parts of the Laser ===
===== Parts of the Laser =====
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'''80 Watt laser tube''' - The laser tube lives at the back of the bed behind the white metal wall. This generates a beam of unfocused infrared radiation.<br />
'''X/Y carriage''' - Moves the laser head along the X and Y planes (left to right, toward and away.)<br />
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'''Mirrors''' - Three mirrors are located on the X/Y carriage of this laser. They reflect the beam from the tube to the focal assembly.<br />
'''Honeycomb table''' - disperses any reflected laser energy as well as positioning the engraving material within the proper distance from the laser head.<br />
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'''Focal assembly''' - This is the business end of the laser. This assembly contains the focusing lens, the auto-focus assembly, red-dot laser indicator, and plumbing for the "air-assist".<br />
'''Z axis Bed of Laser''' - Z axis Bed of Laser - The bed of the laser moves up and down to focus the laser. It can be lowered 10 inches under the laser focal lens.<br />
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'''Auto-focus assembly''' - This laser is equipped with an auto-focusing attachment that allows it to touch off of a working surface and move itself into an optimal focal range.<br />
'''Laser Tube Water Jacket Chiller''' - A pump moves chilled, distilled water through a glass tube around the laser, cooling it.<br />
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'''X/Y carriage''' - Horizontal rails allow the focal assembly to move along the X and Y axes (left to right, and front to back).<br />
'''Compressed Air in''' - Air Assist is compressed air that blows onto the cutting point of the laser. It blows away smoke that would otherwise deposit on the mirrors<br />
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'''Z-axis''' - Four ballscrews allow the bed of the laser to move vertically along the Z axis.<br />
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'''Honeycomb table''' - The table supports your material while also allowing exhaust to be pulled through the bed of the laser.<br />
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'''Chiller''' - An chiller constantly circulates cooled water through the outer layers of the laser tube to help prevent the tube from overheating and cracking.<br />
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'''Compressor / Air-assist''' - A small air compressor maintains constant airflow between the focusing lens and the cutting area. This helps extend the life of our optics and also produces cleaner cuts.<br />
 
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===Approved Materials===
 
===Approved Materials===
A new settings page is being created here: http://wiki.tinkermill.org/index.php/Laser_Cutter_Settings
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A new settings page is being created here: [[Laser Cutter Settings]]
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{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
!Material
 
!Material
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|Stone, Marble, Granite '''(engrave only)''' ||0 ||0
 
|Stone, Marble, Granite '''(engrave only)''' ||0 ||0
 
|}
 
|}
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===DO NOT CUT/ENGRAVE===
 
===DO NOT CUT/ENGRAVE===
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!Hazard
 
!Hazard
 
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|Polycarbonate ||fire hazard
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|Polycarbonate ||Fire hazard
 
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|Lexan ||fire hazard
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|Lexan ||Fire hazard
 
|-
 
|-
|PVC ||chlorine
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|PVC ||Chlorine
 
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|-
|Cintra ||chlorine
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|Cintra ||Chlorine
 
|-
 
|-
|Vinyl ||chlorine
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|Vinyl ||Chlorine
 
|-
 
|-
|ABS Plastic ||fire Hazard, difficult to clean up
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|ABS Plastic ||Fire hazard, difficult to clean up
 
|-
 
|-
|Pleather / Faux Leather ||chlorine
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|Pleather / Faux Leather ||Chlorine
 
|-
 
|-
|Epoxy Coated Fiberglass / Composites ||noxious fumes from epoxy
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|Epoxy Coated Fiberglass / Composites ||Noxious fumes from epoxy
 
|-
 
|-
|Printed Circuit Boards ||noxious fumes
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|Printed Circuit Boards ||Noxious fumes
 
|-
 
|-
|Epoxy Coated Carbon Fiber ||noxious fumes
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|Epoxy Coated Carbon Fiber ||Noxious fumes
 
|-
 
|-
|HPDE / Milk Bottle Plastic ||fire hazard
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|HPDE / Milk Bottle Plastic ||Fire hazard
 
|-
 
|-
 
|Any Material Containing Chlorine || Chlorine
 
|Any Material Containing Chlorine || Chlorine
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==Usage==
 
==Usage==
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=== Scheduling Time on the Laser Cutter ===
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The laser cutter is a popular tool here at TinkerMill, thus a [[Resource Scheduling| Resource scheduling and reservation system ]] has been set up with [http://goo.gl/da2yxL Google Calendar].
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=== Preparing Vector Files for Cutting and Engraving ===
 
=== Preparing Vector Files for Cutting and Engraving ===
* The laser cutter software uses DXF (Drawing Exchange Format) as its vector format  
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The upgrade of the 80W laser cutter has brought on a new laser cutter software called RDWorks. This program can be downloaded for free so makers can prepare their cuts on their own computers.
* DXF files should be saved in R14 version
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Link to RDWorks:
* The laser cutter software expects metric measurements. Export at an Artwork Scale of 1 unit = 1mm
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https://rabbitlaserusa.com/DriverDisk/Ruida/RDWorks/
* Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape can convert vector file types to the DXF
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* DXFs created with CAD software, such as Autocad, often has double lines or other undesirable artifacts from the conversion process. You should always open these files in vector drawing software and clean up any of these erroneous paths
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==== Using RDWorks for Laser Cutting ====
* Make note of your documents size (in millimeters) as this will be useful later if resizing is needed in the LaserCut software
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* The file format native to RDWorks is .rld
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* The laser cutter software imports DXF (Drawing Exchange Format) as its vector format  
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** DXF files should be saved in R14 version
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** The laser cutter software expects metric measurements. Export at an Artwork Scale of 1 unit = 1mm.
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** If the RDWorks software is in a different unit system, change it in Config(S)>>File Para Setting>> '''DXF Unit''' (MM or Inch). You can also change '''Unit Type''' and '''Velocity Unit'''. But please change it back to MM when done.
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** Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape can convert vector file types to the DXF format.
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** DXFs created with CAD software, such as Autocad, often has double lines or other undesirable artifacts like water marks from the conversion process. You should always open these files in vector drawing software and clean up any of these erroneous paths.
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** Make note of your document's size (in millimeters) as this will be useful later if resizing is needed in the laser cutting software.
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* The laser cutter software can import BMP or PNG as its raster format.
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** Raster formats are pixel-based formats used for etching pictures.
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<!-- RabbitLaser is for different laser cutters, not the big one. -->
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<!--
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==== Using RabbitLaser for Laser Cutting ====
 
* Closed paths that are put on an Engrave layer in the RabbitLaser software will appear as solid areas of engraving.
 
* Closed paths that are put on an Engrave layer in the RabbitLaser software will appear as solid areas of engraving.
  
==== With Adobe Illustrator ====
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-->
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==== Preparing Files With Adobe Illustrator ====
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<!--
 
* Change the document's units to metric (Edit > Preferences > Units > General)
 
* Change the document's units to metric (Edit > Preferences > Units > General)
 
* All paths should have zero fill. Filled shapes will produce a "Hatch" error in the RabbitLaser software.
 
* All paths should have zero fill. Filled shapes will produce a "Hatch" error in the RabbitLaser software.
 
* When saving, uncheck the "Compression" checkbox that comes up in the second "Save" screen
 
* When saving, uncheck the "Compression" checkbox that comes up in the second "Save" screen
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-->
  
==== With Inkscape ====
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==== Preparing Files With Inkscape ====
[[Preparing Files With Inkscape|Preparing files for LaserCut 5.3 in Inkscape]]
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[[Preparing Files With Inkscape]]
 
 
Both Inkscape 0.48 and 0.91 should be installed on the workstation. A few tips:
 
* Inkscape 0.91 has a bug that prevents it from saving circles and ellipses to .dxf format properly. You may need to use another tool (such as 0.48), or recreate them in the LaserCut software.  This is expected to be fixed in version 0.92.  See here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/1489320
 
* If you are having trouble with exporting a closed shape, check to ensure that there is no "fill".  Some users have reported this causing them issues in the past.
 
* Combining all vectors into a single layer before export may yield better results.
 
  
 
=== Preparing Raster Images for Engraving ===
 
=== Preparing Raster Images for Engraving ===
The PhotoGrav software can be used to convert raster images into a format compatable with the RabbitLaser software. This is installed on the computer and can be found locked to the task bar (the sun icon.)<br />
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The RDWorks software has advanced features for converting images to grayscale or black/white. Click the BMP icon in the top toolbar for those options.
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<!--The PhotoGrav software can be used to convert raster images into a format compatable with the RabbitLaser software. This is installed on the computer and can be found locked to the task bar (the sun icon.)<br />-->
 
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=== Operating the Laser ===
 
=== Operating the Laser ===
# Turn the laser on with the key. Check to ensure that the Chiller, Air Assist Pump, and Ventilation Fan have all turned on.
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'''''The laser cutter controller and software was upgraded in early 2018. A re-certification is required for any members trained prior to 2018.'''''
# Scan your badge in the [[TinkerAccess]] kiosk on the top-right of the laser. It will activate the laser tube for a certain amount of time. For large projects, make sure to re-scan your badge before time runs out.
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# Press the “XY-0” button to prevent the laser head from leaving the workable space.
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# Start the LaserCut software.
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# Ensure that you have the correct file, dimensions, and cut/engrave settings for your job in RDWorks
# Click “File>Import” to navigate to and select your file.
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# Turn the laser on using the key on the main control panel. Check to ensure that the Chiller, Air Assist Pump, and Ventilation Fan have all turned on.
# Select paths and assign colors to those that will have separate power and speed settings.
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# Wait for the laser to complete it's initialization process and has stopped moving prior to loading any materials into the bed.
# Set the power and speed settings for each layer (color). Please reference the advice power and speed settings sheet that is near the computer.
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# In RDWorks use the "Download" button in the lower right corner of the screen to send your file to the cutter. Please leave "DEFAULT" as the name of the file you send to the laser, and overwrite any existing "DEFAULT" file.
# Layers will be cut/engraved in order from top to bottom. They can be arranged by pressing the "Up" and "Down" buttons underneath the Layers pallet
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# Scan your badge using the [[TinkerAccess]] kiosk above the main control panel. The laser tube cannot fire if a certified user is not signed in. If additional time is required users may re-scan at any point to extend the session.
# Check the size of your artwork by selecting everything and pressing Ctrl+G. This will show you the selections size (in millimeters) and allows for its adjustment.
 
# Although not required, it is wise to save the file at this point to the computer or your thumbdrive. This will save the file in a .MOL format that will retain your layers as well as speed and power settings.
 
# Ensure that the origin, or starting point, of your artwork is set to the upper left corner by clicking on "Laser" > "Set laser origin" and selecting "LEFT-TOP."
 
## [[File:laser_origin_1.png|200px|Setting laser origin in Rabbit Laser software.]]
 
## [[File:laser_origin_2.png|200px|Setting laser origin in Rabbit Laser software.]]
 
# The screen on the laser cutter should now display the name of your file
 
 
# Place your material onto the laser cutter bed.
 
# Place your material onto the laser cutter bed.
# Use the laser cutter’s up/down, left/right keys to move the head of the laser over your material. If the laser head doesn’t move when you press the buttons try hitting the “ESC” and try again.  
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# The directional keys on the key pad are used to position the laser cutter's focal head. If the bed height needs to be adjusted this can be done by pressing the "Z/U" button on the keypad and with "Z MOVE" highlighted pressing the Right arrow to move the bed down, or the Left arrow to move the bed up.
# Press the “TEST” button. The laser head will travel in a rectangular pattern that represents the boundaries of your file. It is important that you know your origin point before testing or the head of the laser may ignore its limit switches and slam into the side of the machine.
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# Once the focal head is correctly positioned relative to your material, please the "ORGIN" button on the keypad to lock in it's current location as the origin point for your job.
# Press the “Z-0” button to automatically focus the laser. The bed will rise until a limit switch immediately left of the laser head is activated, it will then move back down to the proper focal distance.  
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# At this point "FRAME" can be used to physically outline the outer-bounds of the work area for your job. The laser head will travel in a rectangular pattern that represents the boundaries of your file.
# You are ready to cut/engrave! Press the “START” key to start the laser.
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# Now move the laser head so that the auto-focus probe is positioned directly above your material. Press the "Z/U" button and navigate to "AUTOFOCUS" and press "ENTER". It is '''crucial''' that the probe contact your material or the laser head may impact the bed and compress the focal tube. If you are going to miss your material with the auto-focus probe use the "ESC" key to stop the auto-focus process, or use the emergency stop to prevent the crash.
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# You are now ready to cut/engrave! Press the “START” key to start the laser from your previously declared origin point.
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# Monitor your job closely. If you want to inspect the quality of your cuts and engraves mid run you may do so by pressing the "Stare-Pause" button. If you open the lid without pausing the run it will interrupt the beam but continue it's motion.
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# Listen for a loud beep to indicate that your job is done.
 
# Remove your material as well as any left over pieces. Don’t worry about scrap that falls through the the honeycomb, that gets cleaned out during maintenance. Do, however, remove any scrap that sits on or above the honeycomb that could obstruct material placed into the machine later. The vacuum cleaner next to the laser cutter works great for sucking up loose bits!
 
# Remove your material as well as any left over pieces. Don’t worry about scrap that falls through the the honeycomb, that gets cleaned out during maintenance. Do, however, remove any scrap that sits on or above the honeycomb that could obstruct material placed into the machine later. The vacuum cleaner next to the laser cutter works great for sucking up loose bits!
 
# Donate money for the laser cutter based on the suggested rate and the elapsed time it took to run, according to the time displayed on the laser cutter.
 
# Donate money for the laser cutter based on the suggested rate and the elapsed time it took to run, according to the time displayed on the laser cutter.
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=== Using the Rotary Attachment ===
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This process is documented on [[Laser Rotary Attachment|a page of its own]].
  
 
== Cleaning and Maintenance ==
 
== Cleaning and Maintenance ==
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==== Lens Damage Examples ====
 
==== Lens Damage Examples ====
[[File:lens_damage_examples.png|Lens Damage Examples]]
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[[File:lens_damage_examples.png|720px|Lens Damage Examples]]
  
 
==== Focal Length Sensor Plunger ====
 
==== Focal Length Sensor Plunger ====
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*Rubber Stamp Materials - [http://www.rubberstampmaterials.com/laserengravablerubberandpolymer.aspx|Rubber Stamp Material - Laser Safe]
 
*Rubber Stamp Materials - [http://www.rubberstampmaterials.com/laserengravablerubberandpolymer.aspx|Rubber Stamp Material - Laser Safe]
  
*[[Plastic Vendors]]
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*[[Sourcing Materials#Plastics|Plastic Vendors]]
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*[[Sourcing Materials#Woodworking|Birch Plywood]]
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=== Cool Videos ===
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*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFMmaDzp4BY&feature=youtu.be CNC Laser Working Process cuttings sheet metal]<br />
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*'''Birch Plywood'''<br />
 
**Stan's Hardwood<br /> 617 1st Ave. Longmont, Colorado 80501<br />(303) 772-2418<br />Tue-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-3, Closed: Sun & Mon<br />http://www.longmonthardwood.com/
 
  
 
[[Category:Laser Cutter]]
 
[[Category:Laser Cutter]]
 
[[Category:Rapid Prototyping]]
 
[[Category:Rapid Prototyping]]
 
Back to: [[Main Page]]
 
Back to: [[Main Page]]

Latest revision as of 20:28, 2 June 2021

Overview[edit]

Specifications[edit]

Laser Model: Rabbit Laser QX-80-1290 (80 Watt)
Working area: 1200 x 900 mm (47.2 x 35.4 inches)

Parts of the Laser[edit]

80 Watt laser tube - The laser tube lives at the back of the bed behind the white metal wall. This generates a beam of unfocused infrared radiation.
Mirrors - Three mirrors are located on the X/Y carriage of this laser. They reflect the beam from the tube to the focal assembly.
Focal assembly - This is the business end of the laser. This assembly contains the focusing lens, the auto-focus assembly, red-dot laser indicator, and plumbing for the "air-assist".
Auto-focus assembly - This laser is equipped with an auto-focusing attachment that allows it to touch off of a working surface and move itself into an optimal focal range.
X/Y carriage - Horizontal rails allow the focal assembly to move along the X and Y axes (left to right, and front to back).
Z-axis - Four ballscrews allow the bed of the laser to move vertically along the Z axis.
Honeycomb table - The table supports your material while also allowing exhaust to be pulled through the bed of the laser.
Chiller - An chiller constantly circulates cooled water through the outer layers of the laser tube to help prevent the tube from overheating and cracking.
Compressor / Air-assist - A small air compressor maintains constant airflow between the focusing lens and the cutting area. This helps extend the life of our optics and also produces cleaner cuts.

Safety[edit]

Machine Safety[edit]

  • Only use materials on the approved list! If your material is not on the list you must get approved before attempting to cut or engrave it!
  • Do not exceed the recommended power settings more than 10 units. If the laser is not cutting at those settings, it needs maintenance. Please let someone know!
  • Do not set the power setting above 85%. This extends the life of the laser tube considerably.
  • Keep the area around the machine clean and free of unnecessary clutter, combustible materials, explosives, or volatile solvents such as acetone, alcohol, or gasoline.

The smoke generated from cutting materials deposit particles of residue on the lenses and mirrors of the laser. For the laser to work at its full potential proper maintenance is necessary. This is done by trained Tinkermill members so you don’t have to.

The machine is regularly checked and maintained but if you notice a loss in power or performance you can help by alerting a qualified TinkerMill member. If the laser does not seem to be cutting at its full potential please alert a member who has been trained in laser maintenance. If none are available please submit an email to info@tinkermill.com with a description of what you observed. Do not attempt to clean the optics or service the machine without training!


Keep all the lids closed while the machine is in use, including those on the sides of the machine.

Fire Safety[edit]

Laser cutting and engraving systems represent a significant fire hazard.
The materials on the approved list most likely to flare up are paper based products such as cardboard. The most common cause of flare-ups is cutting too slowly.
Keep a properly maintained and inspected fire extinguisher on hand.

Material Selection[edit]

Our laser cutter is capable of cutting and engraving a wide range of materials. To help ensure that the laser stays in a working condition we ask that you only using materials on the approved material list. If you would like to use a material not found on the list (and it isn't on the do-not-cut list) please contact a shop captain and be prepared to provide a sample of your material.

You can help by testing your material according to the “IDENTIFICATION OF POLYMERS” booklet accompanying the laser cutter: http://www.chymist.com/Polymer%20Identification.pdf http://makezine.com/2011/09/22/identifying-unknown-plastics/

Do not cut any material that contains chloride as it is corrosive to both the machine and your body! These include PVC and vinyl.

Approved Materials[edit]

A new settings page is being created here: Laser Cutter Settings


DO NOT CUT/ENGRAVE[edit]

Material Hazard
Polycarbonate Fire hazard
Lexan Fire hazard
PVC Chlorine
Cintra Chlorine
Vinyl Chlorine
ABS Plastic Fire hazard, difficult to clean up
Pleather / Faux Leather Chlorine
Epoxy Coated Fiberglass / Composites Noxious fumes from epoxy
Printed Circuit Boards Noxious fumes
Epoxy Coated Carbon Fiber Noxious fumes
HPDE / Milk Bottle Plastic Fire hazard
Any Material Containing Chlorine Chlorine

Usage[edit]

Scheduling Time on the Laser Cutter[edit]

The laser cutter is a popular tool here at TinkerMill, thus a Resource scheduling and reservation system has been set up with Google Calendar.

Preparing Vector Files for Cutting and Engraving[edit]

The upgrade of the 80W laser cutter has brought on a new laser cutter software called RDWorks. This program can be downloaded for free so makers can prepare their cuts on their own computers. Link to RDWorks: https://rabbitlaserusa.com/DriverDisk/Ruida/RDWorks/

Using RDWorks for Laser Cutting[edit]

  • The file format native to RDWorks is .rld
  • The laser cutter software imports DXF (Drawing Exchange Format) as its vector format
    • DXF files should be saved in R14 version
    • The laser cutter software expects metric measurements. Export at an Artwork Scale of 1 unit = 1mm.
    • If the RDWorks software is in a different unit system, change it in Config(S)>>File Para Setting>> DXF Unit (MM or Inch). You can also change Unit Type and Velocity Unit. But please change it back to MM when done.
    • Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape can convert vector file types to the DXF format.
    • DXFs created with CAD software, such as Autocad, often has double lines or other undesirable artifacts like water marks from the conversion process. You should always open these files in vector drawing software and clean up any of these erroneous paths.
    • Make note of your document's size (in millimeters) as this will be useful later if resizing is needed in the laser cutting software.
  • The laser cutter software can import BMP or PNG as its raster format.
    • Raster formats are pixel-based formats used for etching pictures.


Preparing Files With Adobe Illustrator[edit]

Preparing Files With Inkscape[edit]

Preparing Files With Inkscape

Preparing Raster Images for Engraving[edit]

The RDWorks software has advanced features for converting images to grayscale or black/white. Click the BMP icon in the top toolbar for those options.

Operating the Laser[edit]

The laser cutter controller and software was upgraded in early 2018. A re-certification is required for any members trained prior to 2018.


  1. Ensure that you have the correct file, dimensions, and cut/engrave settings for your job in RDWorks
  2. Turn the laser on using the key on the main control panel. Check to ensure that the Chiller, Air Assist Pump, and Ventilation Fan have all turned on.
  3. Wait for the laser to complete it's initialization process and has stopped moving prior to loading any materials into the bed.
  4. In RDWorks use the "Download" button in the lower right corner of the screen to send your file to the cutter. Please leave "DEFAULT" as the name of the file you send to the laser, and overwrite any existing "DEFAULT" file.
  5. Scan your badge using the TinkerAccess kiosk above the main control panel. The laser tube cannot fire if a certified user is not signed in. If additional time is required users may re-scan at any point to extend the session.
  6. Place your material onto the laser cutter bed.
  7. The directional keys on the key pad are used to position the laser cutter's focal head. If the bed height needs to be adjusted this can be done by pressing the "Z/U" button on the keypad and with "Z MOVE" highlighted pressing the Right arrow to move the bed down, or the Left arrow to move the bed up.
  8. Once the focal head is correctly positioned relative to your material, please the "ORGIN" button on the keypad to lock in it's current location as the origin point for your job.
  9. At this point "FRAME" can be used to physically outline the outer-bounds of the work area for your job. The laser head will travel in a rectangular pattern that represents the boundaries of your file.
  10. Now move the laser head so that the auto-focus probe is positioned directly above your material. Press the "Z/U" button and navigate to "AUTOFOCUS" and press "ENTER". It is crucial that the probe contact your material or the laser head may impact the bed and compress the focal tube. If you are going to miss your material with the auto-focus probe use the "ESC" key to stop the auto-focus process, or use the emergency stop to prevent the crash.
  11. You are now ready to cut/engrave! Press the “START” key to start the laser from your previously declared origin point.
  12. Monitor your job closely. If you want to inspect the quality of your cuts and engraves mid run you may do so by pressing the "Stare-Pause" button. If you open the lid without pausing the run it will interrupt the beam but continue it's motion.
  13. Listen for a loud beep to indicate that your job is done.
  14. Remove your material as well as any left over pieces. Don’t worry about scrap that falls through the the honeycomb, that gets cleaned out during maintenance. Do, however, remove any scrap that sits on or above the honeycomb that could obstruct material placed into the machine later. The vacuum cleaner next to the laser cutter works great for sucking up loose bits!
  15. Donate money for the laser cutter based on the suggested rate and the elapsed time it took to run, according to the time displayed on the laser cutter.

Using the Rotary Attachment[edit]

This process is documented on a page of its own.

Cleaning and Maintenance[edit]

Please refer to http://www.rabbitlaserusa.com/Manuals/LaserMaintenanceSchedule.pdf for maintenance instructions.

Due to the delicate nature of the laser cutter, maintenance is to only be performed by trained members. Please do not attempt to clean or repair the machine without this one-on-one training and specific authorization. If you believe that the laser needs cleaning or other maintenance please send a message to info@tinkermill.org.

Lens Damage Examples[edit]

Lens Damage Examples

Focal Length Sensor Plunger[edit]

It is necessary to periodically clean the tip of the focal length sensor plunger. Because this plunger is used to set the focal distance of the laser, a build up of debris will cause this distance to be off enough to affect the quality of cuts and etchings. Focal length sensor - before after.png

Resources[edit]

Design Resources[edit]

Material Resources[edit]

Cool Videos[edit]

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