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Thread: 50w Chinese laser not cutting in Cut mode

  1. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill George View Post
    It could be wrong parts, wired wrong, bad controller or keypad or anything. I guess I have nothing else to add. If you can find someone in your area to troubleshoot, I would take it to them otherwise? When asking for help, list ALL the details.
    Okay, thank you for trying to help.

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    SH350D

    If the tube was dead and the PSU died then you may have a cascade problem. Did you run the new tube on the old power supply?

    Was the new power supply adjusted to put out the correct current (at default they pump 35mA, ie: more than enough to kill your tube)

    How long is the tube? from memory the 350 won't take a true 50 watt without an extension so I'm betting it's an overdriven 40 watt

    Bill's right, at this point it could be absolutely anything electrical in the machine and/or badly aligned optics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Sheldrake View Post
    SH350D

    If the tube was dead and the PSU died then you may have a cascade problem. Did you run the new tube on the old power supply?

    Was the new power supply adjusted to put out the correct current (at default they pump 35mA, ie: more than enough to kill your tube)

    How long is the tube? from memory the 350 won't take a true 50 watt without an extension so I'm betting it's an overdriven 40 watt

    Bill's right, at this point it could be absolutely anything electrical in the machine and/or badly aligned optics
    The PSU never actually died; I replaced it in the hope that it would somehow magically fix the problem. The new tube (800mm) was used on the old power supply and the new one, and the machine ran exactly the same with both. I made no adjustments to the power supply.

    Thank you very much for your help. I posted in the hope that it was some sort of, "Oh, this is the problem, and if you do A, B, and C, it will be fixed" type of problem, but clearly this is far beyond my realm of knowledge. I'm going to see if I can find someone locally who knows about these things to come take a look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate Rose View Post
    The PSU never actually died; I replaced it in the hope that it would somehow magically fix the problem. The new tube (800mm) was used on the old power supply and the new one, and the machine ran exactly the same with both. I made no adjustments to the power supply.

    Thank you very much for your help. I posted in the hope that it was some sort of, "Oh, this is the problem, and if you do A, B, and C, it will be fixed" type of problem, but clearly this is far beyond my realm of knowledge. I'm going to see if I can find someone locally who knows about these things to come take a look at it.
    You might check YouTube for mirror alignment. Easy and cheap to mark off your troubleshooting list.

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    I will, thanks!

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    @800mm the tube is just about a 40 watt, that may be the base of all your problems if the PSU is pumping too much current
    Poof! and just like magic the shop keeper dissappeared

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Sheldrake View Post
    @800mm the tube is just about a 40 watt, that may be the base of all your problems if the PSU is pumping too much current
    Looks to be one of those low cost eBay machines sold as 50 watts. Over driven tube and with poor construction. So it could be anything.
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    If you replaced the tube (which used to cut properly) and didn't realign the mirrors, then I would suspect that the mirrors are the problem. Also, try to install an ammeter (amp meter) to make sure you don't exceed 20mA, which is the maximum that this tube is supposed to handle.
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  9. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by Kel Kodama View Post
    If you replaced the tube (which used to cut properly) and didn't realign the mirrors, then I would suspect that the mirrors are the problem. Also, try to install an ammeter (amp meter) to make sure you don't exceed 20mA, which is the maximum that this tube is supposed to handle.
    Try 16mA, 20 will kill a 40 watt tube pretty quickly
    Poof! and just like magic the shop keeper dissappeared

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