This issue was a real drag!

During my weekend of upgrades a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my engraving results had become totally unacceptable. I was sure it had to do with the upgrades I had made; I just couldn't find what it was. But yesterday, I started looking in a whole new direction and found the answer in an unexpected location.


New Laser Tube Installation

On my recent "Laser Upgrade Weekend", I installed a new laser tube. It was pretty uneventful, but there were a couple of challenges to overcome.


You say Z but I say U

One of the projects on my recent weekend of laser upgrades and modifications was to get my z axis automation fully functional. I did it, but discovered some interesting things along the way, like why you may prefer to NOT use the DSP's built in Z axis functionality.


Quiet - But NOT Idle

I haven't updated the blog this past week, but that does not mean I have not been busy. We are awaiting the birth of our 9th grandchild. In preparation, it has been requested (decreed?) that I build a double deck combination baby crib and youth bed to hold the newborn and his 2 year old brother. Another brother and sister already laid claim to the other two bed rooms. When I get it done, I'll post a few pics.

The laser shop has not been idle either. I have not been doing production, but had a whole list of maintenance items to work on. I'll be posting on each of them as well. Until then, here is a sneak peak at what all was covered.
  • Install new laser tube
  • Upgrade the y axis mechanics
  • Install a combined drive card for the x, y, and z axes
  • Replace the 400 step motors on x, y with 200 step motors
  • Get the z axis automated and functional
  • General cleaning, etc.
Most of these got done over the weekend; some more than once so check back for all the gory details when I get the posts and pics up. I still need to button everything up and get it off the workbench and back to its usual workstation. Then I can turn my attention back to the bed for a few days and write blog entries while the finish is drying.