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    Our Goldenlaser will import DXFs, but not AI - It...

    Our Goldenlaser will import DXFs, but not AI - It always hangs & freezes on ai imports.
    But Corel's DXF export I find occasionally buggy, so I use the E-cut DXF export from Corel - zero problems, as...
  2. Well... 4 years and 8 months later, and suddenly...

    Well... 4 years and 8 months later, and suddenly the refurbished March 2017 ULS 55watt RF tube has almost died...
    I wish overseas postage was cheaper, and refurbishing the tube was too.

    It's a...
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    I believe dissolving sodium bicarbonate in water,...

    I believe dissolving sodium bicarbonate in water, and then brushing it over the wood and letting it dry, gives an absorbed compound that darkens quite considerably when lasered.
    I've not tried it...
  4. Thanks, Kev - there's food for thought. I'll...

    Thanks, Kev - there's food for thought. I'll relook at the Y stepper belt to the big gear, and check the couplers - if I can get to see them at all - they might be hidden inside square section that...
  5. 2500 x 1300 mm flat bed laser Ruida parameters - can someone share theirs please?

    HI, we've had our big 2-head, 2-tube laser a few years now, and after a lot of tweaking, I'm mostly very happy with it.
    I saved the vendor settings right at the beginning, although they're pretty...
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    'Buyers' Remorse' ? The only remorse I might...

    'Buyers' Remorse' ?
    The only remorse I might have, is that when we bought our router, there was no such thing as cheap chinese stuff.
    The router has a 4 x 2m bed, and celebrated its 32nd birthday...
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    Thanks John, I've seen assorted timber ones on...

    Thanks John, I've seen assorted timber ones on Ebay downunder here - but around $10 each for 8 gig, is getting a bit much, when i can get them plain for $4 each in bulk.
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    custom lasered USB memory drives

    I have an order for about 50 or so USB memory sticks, of 8 gig, with data I've scanned, OCRed and PDFed from several books.
    It's all legitimate, and with the blessing of the original copyright...
  9. There are some great responses above. If you...

    There are some great responses above.
    If you omit a coarse roughing pass, and try and do everything with a tapered ballnose cutter,
    Your first pass into the material will need to be VERY SLOWLY...
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    Just avoid the bottom of the cheap range chinese...

    Just avoid the bottom of the cheap range chinese ones.
    They are cheap for the simple reason of using junky components.
    Lightburn is good.
    But I use Corel and go to RDworks from Corel - no probs at...
  11. A LOT depends on your substrates- plastic or...

    A LOT depends on your substrates- plastic or timber.
    If timber, it'll vaporise with lasering, or else char and burn, depending on the speed and power.
    If plastic, you need to see if it's a deadly...
  12. There are free nesting programs for SVG etc. I...

    There are free nesting programs for SVG etc.
    I use E-cut's plug-in for Corel and like it. There are times you can do a better job manually, but I find when you learn to drive & tweak the nesting...
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    Cuts like butter. Stinks. Poisonous if burned.

    Cuts like butter.
    Stinks.
    Poisonous if burned.
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    99% of acrylic work is experience: trial and...

    99% of acrylic work is experience: trial and error and try again. It's cheap enough that you can afford to experiment. A lot!
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    I realise this thread is 12 years old, but...

    I realise this thread is 12 years old, but thought I'd add we have two Triton Mk3 sawbenches. I've had one since 1986. It's been a wonderful workshjose. The other one is set up so I can have two...
  16. Well done solving it. I use a network lead, and...

    Well done solving it.
    I use a network lead, and periodically have the controller or the PC saying they can't communicate, or are not connected-when they are.
    I make an RD file and transfer it by...
  17. I still have a full roll and a half, of 1 metre...

    I still have a full roll and a half, of 1 metre wide or it maybe 4ft wide translucent red rubylith film.
    It's dead easy to plot in reverse and weed, to make screen positives.
    I suppose I could cut...
  18. Ouch! and thanks for the cautionary story!

    Ouch!
    and thanks for the cautionary story!
  19. The comments above are very pertinent. The...

    The comments above are very pertinent.

    The sentence that everyone avoids saying, in order to be politically correct, is that the K40 is a piece of junk 99% of the time- suitable for a patient...
  20. Well done. We imported a custom made unit from...

    Well done.
    We imported a custom made unit from China also.
    The extra fees added a bit over 1/3 in costs- close to 50% extra actually, but the system, and quality, I'm very happy with.
    It's a...
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    Well done figuring that out, and thanks for the...

    Well done figuring that out, and thanks for the update.
  22. Thanks for bringing this thread back to life!...

    Thanks for bringing this thread back to life!
    The big new 2 head, 2 tube machine has been extremely useful.
    Going by a tube current max of 24mA, the w2 tube (100w) fires as low as 5%, and maxes at...
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    Consider that the higher the power you go, the...

    Consider that the higher the power you go, the more useful for cutting, and less useful for fine accurate engraving, it will become.
    I started with a ULS M-300. 40watt + roraty, and secondhand ....
  24. Have you ANY experience with vector editing...

    Have you ANY experience with vector editing software? Or cnc anything ? That will be your biggest learning curve, not so much the machine.

    Consider a 2nd hand purchase where you can see it...
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    You can buy a laser-safe rubber mat that paper...

    You can buy a laser-safe rubber mat that paper kind-of sticks to while being cut.
    It's not cheap, but if you have 50+ wedding invitations to laser, it's worth having it!
    Or use some small...
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