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    I'm out of touch with who sells decent fiber...

    I'm out of touch with who sells decent fiber lasers now so I'll let others speak to that. As for firearm engraving 30 watts is plenty. 50 would more than likely get the job done a bit quicker but...
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    I would do whatever it took to do both. I...

    I would do whatever it took to do both. I financed the GCC because I didn't have that much cash sitting around and I financed my Trotec because it made more sense to take a very low interest loan...
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    Both. Never, ever, has anyone said "my laser is...

    Both. Never, ever, has anyone said "my laser is too big and too powerful"!
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    "What am I missing?" You are just missing the...

    "What am I missing?"

    You are just missing the exact setting for your machine and that particular metal. No two machines are exactly alike and no two pieces of stainless are exactly alike. I...
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    Yes, you need eye protection. Our eyes don't...

    Yes, you need eye protection. Our eyes don't have a blink reflex to the wavelength of light that a fiber uses so you are 100% susceptible to catastrophic damage to your eyes. Skimp on anything you...
  6. Job Control is basically a print driver so you...

    Job Control is basically a print driver so you have to print from whatever program you are using, that's not possible in your scenario.
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    There isn't a set length for a focus tool for any...

    There isn't a set length for a focus tool for any machine, you need to determine that yourself. Even two of the exact same machines with the exact same lens will have a slightly different focal...
  8. I did a lot of work for a company that had a...

    I did a lot of work for a company that had a galvo co2 that they used for serial number and logo marking on large anodized aluminum parts. It was many times faster than my co2 but the working area...
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    I would use a piece of thin acrylic and tape it...

    I would use a piece of thin acrylic and tape it to the laser bed. Laser the registration marks on it and then align the piece to be cut to the acrylic. It should take you no more than about 10...
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    Lasering glass is actually just micro-fractures...

    Lasering glass is actually just micro-fractures and if parts of the glass are harder than others then you won't get good results, exactly what you are seeing. The only sure fire method to engrave...
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    go to moog.com and you may find what you are...

    go to moog.com and you may find what you are looking for, if not give them a call. No need to pay the extortion charges from Epilog!
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    The two machines don't belong together. The...

    The two machines don't belong together. The vibration and dust from the cnc will wreak havoc on the laser. For that same $800 you could always go to ebay and buy a 9,000 watt blue laser...
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    I ended up having an Arduino solution made for...

    I ended up having an Arduino solution made for me. I didn't know anything about Arduino at the time and didn't want to learn another programming language so I found someone with the expertise and...
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    I just saw Kev's post - on Con4 it was either...

    I just saw Kev's post - on Con4 it was either out4 or out5 - but that depends on the exact card you have. Either one will work, you just need to set it up in the software to send the signal to the...
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    I don't remember exactly but I'm pretty sure it...

    I don't remember exactly but I'm pretty sure it was just one of the outputs, I'll look when I get in the office today and let you know.
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    This may sound like an off-the-wall question, but...

    This may sound like an off-the-wall question, but are both of your cabinet lights working?

    There were several people I know that had otherwise un-solveable problems and it turned out to be the...
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    Optics, alignment, or tube is all it really could...

    Optics, alignment, or tube is all it really could be. Check all the mirrors and lens for debris, check your alignment again, and ensure your bed is coplanar with the X axis (not necessarily level). ...
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    You hit the nail on the head Kev! I have turned...

    You hit the nail on the head Kev! I have turned away lots of work but it would be pretty rare that I would turn away work when I don't have anything better to do, that's just not smart throwing away...
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    There is no such thing as an "Amazon" laser just...

    There is no such thing as an "Amazon" laser just as there is no such thing as an "eBay" laser. They are products sold by 3rd party sellers that use Amazon and eBay as their venue. So asking if...
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    As a side note - SSD's have a finite number of...

    As a side note - SSD's have a finite number of writes and using them for temp/backup purposes will shorten their lifespan, possibly significantly. Whenever possible it is best to use a hard drive...
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    It is happening with both machines and has from...

    It is happening with both machines and has from day 1. 99.9% of my engraving for the last 3 years has been within about a 2-3" area directly below the lens. Unfortunately, the red dot is so big...
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    Have you noticed it on one axis more than the...

    Have you noticed it on one axis more than the other? Mine is 90% on Y.
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    Fiber image shift

    This issue has been going on for a long time and I always blamed it on the Z height but now I have eliminated that so I am at a loss.

    Here is the setup.

    I engrave about 80 different anodized...
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    I see it in X8 quite often and I'm running it on...

    I see it in X8 quite often and I'm running it on a pretty powerful workstation. No pattern that I have noticed, but then again I'm not really looking for one.
  25. Thanks Clark!

    Thanks Clark!
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