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  • in reply to: Recreating the Old West with LASERS #179726
    Avatar photoJay Adan
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    After everything I went through with my K40 I was SUPER hesitant to try again with a laser that was even less powerful. Turned out it was the best thing I could have done.

    FYI – The problem I had with the K40 stems mainly from the difficulty I had in getting the laser actually zeroed in. A CO2 laser is positioned behind the gantry so the laser itself has to bounce off three or four mirrors before getting the the lens that then focuses the laser on the material you are cutting. Getting all of those things properly aligned is absolutely necessary in order to make the laser work properly. I was never quite sure at the time why I couldn’t get the cutting power out of the thing that I wanted but I eventually let it sit for a year before giving it to a friend of mine because if it was just going to take up space in the shop I needed it to go away. He was able to make it work for him so I’m happy about that.

    in reply to: Recreating the Old West with LASERS #179721
    Avatar photoJay Adan
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    FYI –

    General Store 28mm by Jay Adan[/url], on Flickr

    General Store 28mm by Jay Adan[/url], on Flickr

    in reply to: Recreating the Old West with LASERS #179720
    Avatar photoJay Adan
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    Well that was a cracking surprise. From the title I thought it would be about laser wielding cowboys! The build looks brilliant. What laser is it you use?

    It was a bit of click-bait.. lol.

    The laser is an Aufero Laser 2. It’s pretty low-end but it turns out that low-end lasers can accomplish a lot these days.

    Several years ago I bought a K40 laser. It’s a type of cheap, Chinese CO2 laser. In theory pretty powerful and versatile. In practice (at least for me) a huge pain in the ass. My new laser is a diode laser and far less powerful and has a much more limited set of things it can cut but for hobby purposes I’ve found it to be amazing.

    in reply to: Recreating the Old West with LASERS #179374
    Avatar photoJay Adan
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    Thanks!

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