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BuildLog Laser 2.x build

This week* i will be mostly putting together a
buildlog.net 2.x laser

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For some reason I've decided to build another laser cutter. I have a 600mm x 900mm 90W that is destined to become a 150W , and an el cheapo ebay special that cuts all the things , regardless if you want it to or not, or at least it has a valiant try.

This is basically just going to be a work log as i go along with it, ordering parts and assembling it etc. etc. I may combine the upgrades of my existing 35W (claimed 40W but i can work a tape measure) and the 90W after the tube dies out.

*week as in whenever I get time this loris is of the slow variety, but you can read way ahead of me at the original version
http://www.buildlog.net/blog/2011/02/buildlog-net-2-x-laser/
and build from there too.

Now in the words of the immortal (Though i suppose immoral now) Rolf Harris Can you tell what it is yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D-LmRNdQiQ

A build of BuildLog.net's 12” x 20” x 4” working size 40W-ish Laser cutter, may vary from original. 

  • 45 × HBLFSN5 CAST CORNER BRACKET - Assembly Brackets Slot Width 6
  • 2 × HBLSS5 THIN BRACKET, 1 WIDE - Assembly Brackets Slot Width 6
  • 2 × HBLTS5 THIN CORNER BRACKET - Assembly Brackets Slot Width 6
  • 1 × HFS5-2020-160 EXTRUSION 2020 160MM LG. - ALUMINUM FRAME
  • 1 × HFS5-2020-230 EXTRUSION 2020 230MM LG. - ALUMINUM FRAME

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  • tighter belts, and a bit more tuning.

    charliex02/22/2015 at 21:24 0 comments

    1:1 on the distance and time movement is working now.

  • jerkily moving around

    charliex02/22/2015 at 07:54 0 comments

    upgraded the firmware in the smoothieboard, that took a few times, but all is well now.

    there is too much slop in the belts, and none of the grbl/smoothie parameters are set but its working.

    i ordered a bunch of slightly shorter belts from polybelt since the Y adjustment is at its limit and too much slop/backlash.

    i'm just sending raw Gcode from eagle via telnet

    pretty good progress for a Saturday. probably be a while before its lasering though, i have some other plans for it first.

  • first motor wired up

    charliex02/22/2015 at 02:37 0 comments

    well colour me impressed with the smoothieboard, after a few odd starts on the windows drivers side it popped up, i wired up the motor drivers i'm using to the pins , switched on the network config ,rebooted and moved one of the axis along.

    cat 5e was all i had lying around handy

    a tad heath robinson

    24V for now.

  • frame mostly assembled

    charliex02/21/2015 at 21:32 0 comments

      lightobject saturday shipped my drivers , once i realised the smoothieboard was not even gonna come close (without external drivers, and then i feel its a waste of a board). lightobect have been great to me so far.

      rear section (doge and frame)

      1. i pulled off the front pulley so i could take the trucks off and put them together upside down, much easier

      2. left side (no hackaday io i don't want list numbers)


        same with left side.

        mounted with the laser head, don't forget to put this on before the trucks




        mounted , oh for flips sake HTML editor bugger off with your numbers.......

      3. < O_o




        motor mounted


      drivers


      Si 25mm mirrors

      in a box.

      ok belts to install, some alignment and wire up the motors.

  • putting the frame together

    charliex02/21/2015 at 19:45 0 comments

    putting the frame together, just you get an idea of the scale of this, that's a full grown Irish wolfhound in the previous set.

    i'm using the countersunk screws here, they're obvious since almost exactly the right amount and the small right angle brackets are countersunk

    lower frame corners, other pieces for deciding orientation and build order.

    truck

    rear right, i'm going to mount the rear drive before the top tracks i think.

    rear left

    middle rear, there are larger holes on the bottom side, i'm making the assumption they are (and fedex arrives with some more parts) access holes to screw into the Y motor brackets. though there are two holes and 4 tapped holes on the bracket. the 6 tapped holes are on the rear. kinda feeling i should have put mount on first since i'm working on the floor, time to break out the awesome metal saw horses from OSH that were on sale.

    enough of the chatter and back to the building..

  • more bits !

    charliex02/20/2015 at 05:32 1 comment


    this thing is huge , no idea where i'm going to put it. doge for scale

  • Ordering parts from McMaster Carr

    charliex03/08/2014 at 17:11 0 comments

    I choose to do the packs, since it is all useful bits and pieces and no matter how many of those darn pack of nuts, bolts screws, etc i buy from HF etc i never have the right ones.  These quantities are for individual part quantities, and not boxes. $293.50 before shipping and taxes, or about $69 if you buy in the actual part count. 

    1pack95475A572
    Zinc-Plated Steel Fully Threaded Stud, 1/4"-20 Thread, 8" Length, packs of 10
    Monday morning$13.04 pack13.04
    2

    pack

    95475A576
    Zinc-Plated Steel Fully Threaded Stud, 1/4"-20 Thread, 10" Length, packs of 5
    Monday morning8.26 pack8.26
    3

    pack

    98055A099
    Metric Spring Steel Shim - DIN 988, 1.0mm Thick, 5mm ID, 10mm OD, packs of 50
    Monday morning8.62 pack8.62
    4

    each

    6061K31
    Hardened Precision Steel Shaft, 1/4" Diameter, 12" Length
    Monday morning5.21 each5.21
    5

    each

    6061K415
    Hardened Precision Steel Shaft, 1/4" Diameter, 14" Length
    Monday morning6.16 each6.16
    6

    pack

    9600K22
    Push-in Grommet, 1/2" ID, 1" OD, 3/32" Thick for a 3/4" Diameter Panel Hole, packs of 50
    Monday morning9.54 pack9.54
    7

    4 each

    62805K31
    High-Cap Leveling Mount with Zinc-Plated Steel Stud, 10-24 x 1-1/2" Thread Length, 1-3/16" Base Diameter
    Monday morning1.98 each7.92
    8

    each

    1764K42
    Steel Angle Ring with 6 Holes, 4" Duct Diameter, 9/32" Hole
    Monday morning4.31 each4.31
    9

    pack

    91420A320
    Metric Flat Head Phillips Machine Screw, Zinc-Plated Steel, M5 Size, 10mm Length, .8mm Pitch, packs of 100
    Monday morning4.05 pack4.05
    10

    pack

    96659A101
    18-8 Stainless Steel Type A SAE Flat Washer, Number 4 Screw Size, 5/16" OD, .02"-.04" Thick, packs of 100
    Monday morning
    2.96 pack2.96
    11pack97416A115
    Black-Oxide Steel Type A SAE Flat Washer, Number 10 Screw Size, 1/2" OD, .03"-.07" Thick, packs of 100
    Monday morning3.82 pack3.82
    12

    pack

    90631A003
    Zinc-Plated Grade 2 Steel Nylon-Insert Hex Locknut, 2-56 Thread Size, 1/4" Width, 9/64" Height, packs of 100
    Monday morning3.45 pack3.45
    13

    pack

    90631A005
    Zinc-Plated Grade 2 Steel Nylon-Insert Hex Locknut, 4-40 Thread Size, 1/4" Width, 9/64" Height, packs of 100
    Monday morning2.55 pack2.55
    14

    pack

    90257A411
    Type 316 Stainless Steel Machine Screw Hex Nut, 10-32 Thread Size, 3/8" Width, 1/8" Height, packs of 100
    Monday morning9.00 pack9.00
    15

    pack

    94945A205
    Grade 8 Steel Nylon-Insert Thin Hex Locknut, Zinc-Yellow Plated, 1/4"-20 Thread Size, 7/16" Wide, 13/64" High, packs of 100
    Monday morning6.70 pack6.70
    16

    pack

    90576A104
    Metric Zinc-Plated Steel Nylon-Insert Locknut, Class 8, M5 Size, .8mm Pitch, 8mm Width, 5mm Height, packs of 100
    Monday morning4.18 pack4.18
    17

    pack

    91772A082
    18-8 Stainless Steel Pan Head Phillips Machine Screw, 2-56 Thread, 5/8" Length, packs of 100
    Monday morning4.15 pack4.15
    18

    pack

    90402A146
    Zinc-Plated Steel Pan Head Phillips Machine Screw, External Washer, 6-32 Thread, 3/8" Length, packs of 100
    Monday morning6.95 pack6.95
    19

    pack

    92000A118
    18-8 Stainless Steel Metric Pan Head Phillips Machine Screw, M3 Size, 8mm Length, .5mm Pitch, packs of 100
    Monday morning4.66 pack4.66
    20

    pack

    92000A120
    18-8 Stainless Steel Metric Pan Head Phillips Machine Screw, M3 Size, 10mm Length, .5mm Pitch, packs of 100
    Monday morning4.34 pack4.34
    21

    pack

    97334A992
    Nylon Socket Head Cap Screw, 10-32 Thread, 1" Length, Black, packs of 100
    Monday morning6.41 pack6.41
    22

    pack

    91290A130
    Black Class 12.9 Socket Head Cap Screw, Alloy Steel, M3 Thread, 30mm Length, 0.50mm Pitch, packs of 100
    Monday morning14.41 pack14.41
    23

    2 packs

    91290A224
    Black Class 12.9 Socket Head Cap Screw, Alloy Steel, M5 Thread, 10mm Length, 0.80mm Pitch, packs of 100
    Monday morning9.41 pack18.82
    24

    pack

    91290A228
    Black Class 12.9 Socket Head Cap Screw, Alloy Steel, M5 Thread, 12mm Length, 0.80mm Pitch, packs of 100
    Monday morning10.81 pack10.81
    25

    pack

    91290A230
    Black Class 12.9 Socket Head Cap Screw, Alloy Steel, M5 Thread, 14mm Length, 0.80mm Pitch, packs of 100
    Monday morning11.52 pack11.52
    26

    pack

    91290A252
    Black Class 12.9 Socket Head Cap Screw, Alloy Steel, M5 Thread, 25mm Length, 0.80mm Pitch, packs of 50
    Monday morning7.24 pack7.24
    27

    pack

    91290A254...
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  • parts ordered from misumi (and delivered)

    charliex03/05/2014 at 18:33 0 comments

    A few days ago i ordered parts for part of the frame from misumi, they have a special going on where I could get $150 off the first order.

    The details of the discount are here, I accidentally used First150--Reddit, but that is not the right code, since they have it for a specific set of parts for a 3d Printer.

    "To receive the $150.00 Credit, companies must place their first order online using a Credit Card and include promotion code "First150--BuildLog" in the "Special Instructions" of the order. Offer is based only on the value of the goods purchased; freight and handling charges are excluded. The full value of the $150.00 credit must be used on the first order, no promotional credit balance will carried forward. Offer expires March 31, 2014. Available in US and Canada only."

    Details are here.

    http://www.buildlog.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2445&p=21864

    Sorry about the funky layout, i copied it off the order I made, you should double check with the Buildlog BOM, because if i did make any mistakes i won't know til i start assembling it.

    Line Item

    Name

    Part number

    Description

    Quantity

    Item Cost

    Total Cost

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    1

    CAST CORNER BRACKET
    HBLFSN5
    Assembly Brackets Slot Width 6
    45
    0.75
    33.75
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    2
    THIN BRACKET, 1 WIDE
    HBLSS5
    Assembly Brackets Slot Width 6
    2
    1.02
    2.04
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    3
    THIN CORNER BRACKET
    HBLTS5
    Assembly Brackets Slot Width 6
    2
    1.10
    2.20
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    4
    EXTRUSION 2020 160MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-160
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    1
    3.03
    3.03
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    5
    EXTRUSION 2020 230MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-230
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    1
    3.03
    3.03
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    6
    EXTRUSION 2020 310MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-310
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    4
    1.76
    7.04

    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    7
    EXTRUSION 2020 370MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-370
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    2
    2.10
    4.20
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    8
    EXTRUSION 2020 440MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-440
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    2
    2.50
    5.00
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    9
    EXTRUSION 2020 560MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-560
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    7
    3.19
    22.33
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    10
    EXTRUSION 2020 580MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-580
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    2
    3.30
    6.60
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    11
    EXTRUSION 2020 725MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-725
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    2
    4.13
    8.26
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    12
    EXTRUSION 2020 728MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-728
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    1
    4.14
    4.14
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    13
    EXTRUSION 2020 730MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-730
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    3
    4.16
    12.48
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    14
    EXTRUSION 2020 90MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-90
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    1
    3.03
    3.03
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    15
    EXTRUSION 2020 960MM LG.
    HFS5-2020-960
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    3
    5.47
    16.41
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    16
    EXTRUSION 2040 960MM LG.
    HFS5-2040-960
    ALUMINUM FRAME
    2
    10.36
    20.72
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    17
    HINGE - LEFT
    SHHPSL5-2
    Detachable Hinges
    1
    7.31
    7.31
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    18
    HINGE - RIGHT
    SHHPSR5-2
    STAINLESS SLIP JOINT HINGES
    1
    7.31
    7.31

    03/03/2014
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    19
    M5 T-SLOT NUT
    HNKK5-5
    NUTS FOR ALUMINIUM FRAMES
    1
    19.32
    19.32
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    20
    POST ASSEMBLY NUT
    HNTP5-5
    NUTS FOR ALUMINUM FRAME
    10
    0.58
    5.80

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Justin wrote 05/26/2015 at 12:36 point

So you scrapped the http://buildlog.net laser and went with LightObjects kit?

  Are you sure? yes | no

charliex wrote 05/26/2015 at 15:32 point

I ended up turning the LO kit into a camera, and still have the buildlog parts. some of the parts need to be CNC'd since they're no longer available, so i'm finishing up my G0704 first. 

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