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  1. Linux? I donít know much about it but I think you...

    Linux? I donít know much about it but I think you need to be a bit techy to use it.
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    It depends on what you want to do. You can learn...

    It depends on what you want to do. You can learn basic concepts of how to set-up a project and various bits, etc. You can also learn to use the cad/cam software. Also, there are other makers of such...
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    Wow, Gary, I do not realize the high level of...

    Wow, Gary, I do not realize the high level of operation for an industrial machine. Not much in common with my $500 Ortur. Thanks for the response Gary.
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    I did not intend to get involved with this topic,...

    I did not intend to get involved with this topic, but......

    Gary, My understanding of a controller is that it interprets the CAM instructions for the CNC machine. What are the features and...
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    It is my understanding that it is all about the...

    It is my understanding that it is all about the output power of the laser and the dot size. There are some 40w input diode lasers that output about 10w. Iím not sure of the output of a K40 CO2 laser....
  6. If you are not doing production work, you may...

    If you are not doing production work, you may want to look at an Ortur laser, about $500.
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    Sainsmart sent me a new spindle under warranty.:)

    Sainsmart sent me a new spindle under warranty.:)
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    Co2 lasers are pretty good. But they need to have...

    Co2 lasers are pretty good. But they need to have an exhaust system and a water cooling system for the tube. The mirrors may need to be adjusted as well, even when new. A lot more complicated than...
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    I think Iíll try to fix it after I get a new...

    I think Iíll try to fix it after I get a new motor. Iíll keep it as a backup.
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    Is my Spindle (CNC) Repairable?

    I have a Genmitsu 3018 machine with the original spindle. The spindle shaft has about 1/16Ē vertical slop. I donít see a way to tighten it up or otherwise repair it. Am I looking at getting a new...
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    Very cool. I like the use of brass.

    Very cool. I like the use of brass.
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    Thanks for the reply Carey.

    Thanks for the reply Carey.
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    EveryWhere I look online they recommend a...

    EveryWhere I look online they recommend a different machine. This is very confusing. It seems like you pays your money and you takes your chances. But I will check out the products from rabbit....
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    Full Spectrum or Thunder

    So Iím interested in getting into engraving for fun not profit. Iím thinking about a Muse Desktop ($3,200) or a Thunder Mini 60 ($5,100). The Thunder seems to be a more complete package. My questions...
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    Bruce, Thank you for taking the time to look at...

    Bruce, Thank you for taking the time to look at the file.
    Grant, I have attached the g-code file so you can have a look.
    Brad, I'll look at the g-code file. Sounds tedious but necessary.

    I'll...
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    Thanks for having a look.

    Thanks for having a look.
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    What Happened Here I Wonder?

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    So I'm new to all this and I was playing around with the piece in the picture. It is a pocket cut around the letters and inside the box. The shaded area on the upper left is a few thou...
  18. Your right Jim. But when I was trying to get...

    Your right Jim. But when I was trying to get anything to run, I tried carbide create and it did not work correctly. Now it's just the principle. Plus it may help someone else.
  19. I did contact carbide create and sent them a...

    I did contact carbide create and sent them a file. Iím waiting to hear back from them. I did buy the vectric 2d desktop and Iím using the GRBL inch post processor for that. It works great.

    Now on...
  20. Thank you.I did download test files. I will try...

    Thank you.I did download test files. I will try to cut a piece on Thursday and see what happens. I did try running it without a bit in the spindle and it seem to run. I was a bit concerned because I...
  21. I did download the snowflake file and ran it...

    I did download the snowflake file and ran it without a bit. Seemed fine. Thanks for suggestion. Next step is to by the program. Then watch the fun ensue!!!!!

    Thanks to all for your help.
  22. OK, I tried Easel and had success. :DI want to...

    OK, I tried Easel and had success. :DI want to buy Vectric 2d but I want to make sure it will work. I think it should but I would rather not guess.
  23. Well, the test projects that came with machine...

    Well, the test projects that came with machine ran just fine. That is what makes me think it is something else. So what did you do with your machine?
  24. Jim, thanks I will contact Carbide Create to see...

    Jim, thanks I will contact Carbide Create to see what they have to say.

    Grant, I did remove the "M" code lines and it got a bit further. The problem now is that it raises the spindle high enough...
  25. Thanks for your kind thoughts, Bill. Everyone has...

    Thanks for your kind thoughts, Bill. Everyone has to start somewhere.
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