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Little newbie help please. New Laser cutter/engraver Project

Discussion in 'Laser Cutters' started by Michael Illingby, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Michael Illingby

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    Hey there, just found the site a couple hours ago and looked through a bazillion posts but just cant find the exact info I need.

    Here is what i want to do. I would like to create a XY table for my 2Watt laser. also, I may be interested in doing a CoreXY arrangement if possible, or maybe an HBot. I am however ok with simple Cartesian if thats all I can do with RAMPS.

    Here is what I have;

    RAMPS board 1.4 I believe, complete with Drivers and Arduino Mega 256
    several stepper motors that work with the RAMPS setup
    12V 20Amp switching power supply
    12v 2Watt laser with TTL 0-5v output control REAL 2000mw/2w 445nm 450nm Focusable blue Laser Module diode High Power laser Engraving TT L DIY CNC Adjust Free glasses-in Laser Equipment Parts from Industry & Business on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group
    M2 Belts and gears and such for attaching to steppers
    bearings and such
    8mm linear bearings and rods or various lengths

    I would love to get started with what I have so far, by that I mean use the above hardware. I think from what I've read so far, Inkcscape and the JR Photonics plugin are a good start when coupled with universal g code sender.
    I have built 3d printers in the past, working on a Delta as time permits, but I want to get this laser going.

    What software should I put on the Arduino?
    Is there a guide to do what I'm trying to do? (I can't be the first as most people converting a 3D Printer will be in the same boat)
    Will the RAMPS work?
    Can it control laser output via the TTL input on my driver?

    I know that a lot of the stuff I listed does not pertain to this question, i'm just putting it all out there in case you think it might be useful .

    Thanks for taking the time to read and help me, you have no idea how much I appreciate the time someone takes to help a stranger. :)

    Looking forward to many more posts with like minded people, hope to hear some replies soon.

    PS, I hope to start building this weekend...


    Michael Illingby
    Vernon BC Canada
    michael.i@me.com
     
  2. Michael Illingby

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    Forgot to mention that I also have the Ramps LCD with the sd card thing on the back.

    Is anyone reading this? is this thing on? lol
     
  3. Mark Carew

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    I wonder if the new LaserWeb software @openhardwarecoza (Peter) has been working on may do the tick
    You can check out the Resource here - LaserWeb
     

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