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    G.Weike LC1490 strange cutting problem

    Hello all,

    We have a Chinese G.Weike LC1490 with
    - a Z6 RECI lasertube
    - a CW5000 chiller system
    - a 150W power supply


    We have been using it since February of 2014 (it is a new system).
    Mostly cutting MDF of 3mm and it worked flawlessly (at speed 30 and power 60)


    However since two weeks we are unable to cut anything reliably.


    Symptoms:


    1. It just doesn't cut through anymore.
    Speeding down does not help, increasing power does not help.
    Also when pressing 'laser' I have the feeling that it is less powerful than before.


    2. The strange thing is that if we use the 'cut contour' option on the control pad, most of the time it cuts the square perfectly. With this info we found out that if we put the power at 30, that we can get a somewhat clean cut. If we go to 35 or over, it doesn't work anymore.


    3. Also the power of the cut varies during a cut (sometimes)
    As you see in the image, it started cutting at a certain power, but when it reached the location of the cursor the power of the cut decreased drastically (and the ampere output meter on the machine went up at the same time). This behavior never happens when we use the 'cut contour' option on the control pad.
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    The steps we took in order to correct it:
    * checked the tube for cracks
    * checked the connections of the tube for bad contacts
    * checked and realigned the mirrors
    * used a higher pressure air blower
    * changed the focusing lens (tried cutting at different offsets)
    * tested the chiller (the alarm goes of if the flow is interrupted)
    * tested the power supply (disconnect the data cable and press the button / we haven't tested it yet with the supplied resistance)
    * used the same sheet of material we could cut before


    We contacted Weike but so far no response.
    We have a spare tube we could install, but i would not like to blow the new tube if it is a problem in another system (power supply ?).


    Does anybody have any ideas on how to resolve this issue ?
    Is it just the tube ?

    Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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    You might head over to CNC Zone they have a G.Weike rep online most of the time in the laser Forum, maybe she can help with the contact info.
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    I have a very similar laser from G. Weike and have experienced some similar result. Here are my suggestions.

    1. Your table is no longer level to the laser head. This is why the laser seems to work in one area and not another (it goes out of focus). You need to level the table to the laser head. Move the laser head to the 4 corners of the table and measure the distance. If its unlevel side to side or fore to aft, you can level it by turning the jack screw with the power OFF. If its unlevel diagonally, then its much tougher.

    2. Clean your lens. It might be dirty if you have been cutting without air assist or blower fan.

    3. Re-align your mirrors.


    My guess.. You will find your table out of level...

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    Thank you for the suggestions.


    We already cleaned the lenses (we even switched the lens to be sure) and tried cutting at different heights to see if our focus distance was wrong.
    We leveled the table making sure that the distance between nozzle and table was equal at all 4 corners.


    It is not really a question of the laser cutting wel in one corner and bad in another.
    It doesn't cut anywhere anymore.


    We are thinking it is a power supply problem or a laser tube problem

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    Ok, since your manual "cut contour" works, and what you send to the machine from your computer doesn't, that leads me to believe you have a data transfer or software issue. Check or change your connector cable. And, have you checked your settings in your software? Your software may be sending conflicting data to the machine...

    I was sent 2 versions of engraving software with my Triumph, and I have to use the older version because the newer version has a mind of it's own. After spending a day setting backlash settings for different speeds, the next time I loaded the software I ran a test job (thankfully) on some wood, and the lettering engraved on the left-right sweep was almost 3/4" apart from the lettering on the right-left sweep. I checked the backlash settings and all my entries were replaced with 12-digit exponential numbers only Sheldrake would understand!

    Another thing to check, parts of graphics outside the defined working area... My Triumph did this weird thing once where it was obvious the stepper motors were fighting themselves in certain places, causing erratic engraving and re-positioning of the coordinates. The problem turned out to be a phantom point (a control point or node that's there, but for some reason you many not see it) that was outside the perimeter of the working area. Any graphic that was placed where that point was within it's vertical boundaries, when it tried to engrave that's when the funny stuff started. I thought the machine was messed up, but I've had this happen before so I zoomed way out on the software and drew a grouping box, and the box grouped something way off to the left of the zero-left boundary. Couldn't see it, but something was there. Yet the program wouldn't group or delete it. I found the point in the Corel job I sent to the engraving program. I WAS able to delete it there, re-sent the job to the engraving program and all was well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johan Verbert View Post
    Thank you for the suggestions.


    We already cleaned the lenses (we even switched the lens to be sure) and tried cutting at different heights to see if our focus distance was wrong.
    We leveled the table making sure that the distance between nozzle and table was equal at all 4 corners.


    It is not really a question of the laser cutting wel in one corner and bad in another.
    It doesn't cut anywhere anymore.


    We are thinking it is a power supply problem or a laser tube problem
    IF it won't cut over 30 amps like you said in your first post you are on track with either the HVPS for the tube or the tube its self. Did you check the low voltage in this case either 120 or 240 volts to your PS and of course the PWM control connections to the same PS? Tina over on the CNC Zone like I suggested works for the company.
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    As you see in the image, it started cutting at a certain power, but when it reached the location of the cursor the power of the cut decreased drastically (and the ampere output meter on the machine went up at the same time).
    Temperature, as the tube gas heats up the resistance drops increasing the amperage but making the beam unstable. The chiller flow sensor and temperature monitor won't help as that measures mean temps and not mirror temps and flow not presence of bubbles, I'd guess you have a bubble in the positive end of the tube leading to mirror heating and distortion.
    When a mirror heats up (internal 100% reflector) the beam will increase in size but will no longer resonate evenly inside the tube (the mirror basically warps).

    I'd check the tube for bubbles in the ends.

    Failing that it may well be the settle of the tube, 30 speed 60 power is quite quick for a Z6 tube (they are 130 watt with a peak of 150) on a true 150 (Z8 or ZX180 EFR) you would expect 40mm p second at 75 to 85 power after they have settled.


    cheers

    Dave
    Last edited by Dave Sheldrake; 03-27-2014 at 2:50 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Williams View Post
    Ok, since your manual "cut contour" works, and what you send to the machine from your computer doesn't, that leads me to believe you have a data transfer or software issue. Check or change your connector cable. And, have you checked your settings in your software? Your software may be sending conflicting data to the machine...
    Unfortunately the manual 'cut contour' no longer works better than what we send from the computer.
    We installed the original software again but this did not improve the results.
    At the moment we are just trying to cut a small rectangle, so no intricate details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill George View Post
    IF it won't cut over 30 amps like you said in your first post you are on track with either the HVPS for the tube or the tube its self. Did you check the low voltage in this case either 120 or 240 volts to your PS and of course the PWM control connections to the same PS? Tina over on the CNC Zone like I suggested works for the company.
    We still need to check the 240 volts.
    Thanks for the hint. I posted the same question on CNC Zone. When we solve the problem I will post the solution on both forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Sheldrake View Post
    Temperature, as the tube gas heats up the resistance drops increasing the amperage but making the beam unstable. The chiller flow sensor and temperature monitor won't help as that measures mean temps and not mirror temps and flow not presence of bubbles, I'd guess you have a bubble in the positive end of the tube leading to mirror heating and distortion.
    When a mirror heats up (internal 100% reflector) the beam will increase in size but will no longer resonate evenly inside the tube (the mirror basically warps).

    I'd check the tube for bubbles in the ends.

    Failing that it may well be the settle of the tube, 30 speed 60 power is quite quick for a Z6 tube (they are 130 watt with a peak of 150) on a true 150 (Z8 or ZX180 EFR) you would expect 40mm p second at 75 to 85 power after they have settled.


    cheers

    Dave
    We cannot find any bubbles in the tube.
    And at the moment we are only trying to cut small rectangles (3cm x 5 cm), one at a time so overheating should not normally be a problem ?

    Even at low speeds and higher powers (25mm/70% or higher) we are unable to do basicly more than engraving the wood.

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    Hi Johan,

    Internal mirror temperatures can shoot up in seconds in the event of a bubble, that said have you checked the output coupler? (the lens end of the tube) to make sure it is clean?

    cheers

    Dave
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by Johan Verbert View Post
    We cannot find any bubbles in the tube.
    And at the moment we are only trying to cut small rectangles (3cm x 5 cm), one at a time so overheating should not normally be a problem ?

    Even at low speeds and higher powers (25mm/70% or higher) we are unable to do basicly more than engraving the wood.
    Hhmm try this... Focus the laser closer.. Maybe %40 closer (not quite half).. Does it cut better when you do that?

    I'm thinking you might have installed the lens backwards when you took it out and cleaned it. I'm just guessing though..

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    I would make sure you put the mirror back in correctly. The concave side should be toward the work table.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Sheldrake View Post
    Hi Johan,

    Internal mirror temperatures can shoot up in seconds in the event of a bubble, that said have you checked the output coupler? (the lens end of the tube) to make sure it is clean?

    cheers

    Dave
    Hello Dave,

    When we installed the tube we really made sure that there were no bubbles.

    We checked the output coupler visually and saw no dirt/soot.
    I am a bit apprehensive to clean it.
    But methanol and a Qtip should do the trick, no ?

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    Tonight we will check the lens again. But we were really careful to mount it curved side towards the laser.

    We tried different distances and really found the location where the laserline is the thinnest.

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