Basic laser cutter than can be made with standard shop tools.
This project was created on 03/07/2014 and last updated a month ago.
I finally found more time to work on this and the Y axis is now complete, I just need to test it with an Arduino just to check that its moving OK with a stepper.
I finally got around to designing the belt clamps that will attach to the bottom of my X axis gantry plates. This is a simple design and will only require 2 screws to keep the belts tight and in place.
I will be machining these out of HDPE.
Well after the other company still not responding after 2 and a half weeks I contacted Makerslide europe and made the order with them, the next day it was sent out and is on the way to me.
As soon as I cut this down it can be installed and I can make progress on the gantry sides, the laser carriage and the automatic Z axis focus.
Thanks for entering The Hackaday Prize phil! Hope you liked the coverage in The Hacklet! We're getting down to crunch time with the first round of entries - so don't forget to make those updates, and get that 2 minute video going! I think a lot of us are watching this build - everyone loves a good laser cutter.
Just to let you know there will be more updates in the next few days. I have assembled the electronics, machined the last few plates and have tweaked the X axis a little!
I'm a laser engraver by trade and work has stopped me progressing on this as much as I would like.
I'll be following your project with interest. I'm also in the UK (Surrey) and got a DC-K40 with the intention of eventually moving the tube over to something like the Buildlog. So far I've just improved a few bits on the Chinese machine.
I too am very interested in this. I'm in the States but if you need help with anything, I'm in. I'll make STL's from your DXF's so it would be possible to print all the brackets in addition to being able to laser/route them.
If you were planning on having an air assist on the nozzle, I saw this guys air compressor made from old refrigerator parts: http://hackaday.io/project/311-DIY-silent-air-compressor
I'm using a 40watt tube and they pass customs in most country's without any issue. There is a seller who will resend if the tube arrives broken(my first did, and he did indeed replace it). My budget for this is £800 and it looks like I will do it for around £700. Much cheaper than a chinese import of similar size.