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  1. 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...
  3. Wow, the All-in-1 is pricey... and I'm not in...

    Wow, the All-in-1 is pricey... and I'm not in favour of all-in-one things as a rule, I suppose I'm to used to needing to diagnose issues by swapping parts out...

    I wonder if there's not a cheaper...
  4. Thanks, Gary - is there much difference between...

    Thanks, Gary - is there much difference between Oak & Acorn, in the Centroid?
    I see the controllers- Acorn- for around $600, give or take a little, and Oak for three times that price?

    (PS I don't...
  5. Thanks, I'll look into the Centroid

    Thanks, I'll look into the Centroid
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    With respect, sub $500, spells regrets, if you...

    With respect, sub $500, spells regrets, if you are hoping to be at all serious, and with no previous laser experience, with your aims.
    It's been explained above well enough!
    Consdider looking...
  7. Chinese cnc router controller recommendations

    HI, I'm interested in a chinese controller for our router when the current 20-year old Tekcel controller finally gives up the ghost and dies.
    The needs I have are
    1. onboard LCD display and...
  8. Sounds a bit like when I burned a servo and and...

    Sounds a bit like when I burned a servo and and later drive card on our cnc router.
    In your case, can you swap drives to test them? I know x is usually lighter gauge than y, though.
    Sounds like...
  9. Quote: "...whereas text plus snake, you'll likely...

    Quote: "...whereas text plus snake, you'll likely run the gantry with the laser OFF more often than ON.."

    Good point-thank you. (I can be a bit slow at times!) ;)
  10. Thanks, Kev and John. Kev, I'm not able to see...

    Thanks, Kev and John.
    Kev, I'm not able to see those JPGs - I'm guessing I have to pay now to see photos posted here?

    I have since tried some 'mapping' of areas, and tested both machines-...
  11. Thanks, Scott, Tony & Gary. Yes, 35 mins is...

    Thanks, Scott, Tony & Gary.
    Yes, 35 mins is fast- especially when Cermark needs a sbit of slowness- still, much time is wasted in the turn-around stage of the lens' path on most systems.
    And we'd...
  12. Client has decided to shink the plaque size to...

    Client has decided to shink the plaque size to maybe 1/4, (thank goodness!)
  13. Kev, I ran that file I have to quote on 100 of, ...

    Kev, I ran that file I have to quote on 100 of, as a test, with only the name in the middle rastered/engraved, and the rest vector marked, by doing a centreline and then 2 inlines and a perimeter...
  14. Chinese fibres with moveable beds- Y at 300x 300...

    Chinese fibres with moveable beds- Y at 300x 300 and X,Y at 200 x 200 bed
    410436 410437410437 410436410436
  15. Thanks for the reply, Kev. I'll add photos of...

    Thanks for the reply, Kev.

    I'll add photos of the moveable Y, and the X & Y versions below, for interest's sake...

    Yes, I rastered the whole plate/s.
    I found with the chinese machines, and...
  16. Thank you very much, Kev. Much to think about....

    Thank you very much, Kev.
    Much to think about.
    I'll attach photos of three jobs in the last year, that have each been over 12 x 24 inches of cermarked stainless steel.

    The biggest, I timed, on...
  17. Fibre laser with moveable bed- queries

    I've had a few biggish stainless steel engraving jobs that we've done on the ULS or on the bigger CO2 laser, with Cermark.
    The last one was 680 x 380 mm approx, and took 8 hours on the CO2, at...
  18. Thanks, Martin. What I actually did to solve it,...

    Thanks, Martin.
    What I actually did to solve it, was disconnect the green plug from the RD controller to the Z limit switch, and after that, the console buttons works the Z up and down perfectly.
    I...
  19. I am very happy with Reci- if they ARE genuine...

    I am very happy with Reci- if they ARE genuine Reci tubes.
  20. Someone suggested maybe the AF wiring might be...

    Someone suggested maybe the AF wiring might be connected to to the Z limit connector in the controller also.
    I'll have a look when I get a moment, and the mood.

    Thanks
  21. After disconnecting the limit switch- no...

    After disconnecting the limit switch- no difference.
    Maybe the autofocus pens that I removed most off are the cause?

    The Diagnostics menu on the console, shows a red box for Z limit, regardless...
  22. Thanks all- I have decided that maybe the bed's...

    Thanks all- I have decided that maybe the bed's upper limit switch is broken, and is registering that the bed is up against it, therefore won't allow upward movement.

    I was able to move it back up...
  23. Ruida Z axis oddities- only goes down, not up. Ideas for why would be appreciated!

    I'm having a weird moment.
    From the PC, and from the RD6442G console, I can only make Z, or the bed, go down.
    I can't get any up movement.

    And I can't figure out why...

    I have the two...
  24. How about looking on the ULS website for them:...

    How about looking on the ULS website for them:
    https://www.ulsinc.com/support/software-downloads
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    I think you are possibly making this much more...

    I think you are possibly making this much more complicated than it need be.
    Whatever PC is connected to the laser will have something to drive the laser.
    If ULS/Trotec/Epilog, the laser will be set...
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