The .zip files contain both the document.pdf and sample files, code generators….. All these guides are based on a small router using the Grbl system. If your router uses another variant such as Mach3 they are still of use but the detail only applies to Grbl based systems.
Introduction to the CNC process, terminology and setting up a small Grbl based router. If you are starting out I suggest you read this first.
Describes how the spindle speed commands in GCode for Grbl have been reused to control laser power and how the settings in Grbl make a difference to how you should control the laser power you want.
A guide to optimizing the setup parameters in Grbl to maximize the efficiency, speed and control that you want over the Laser and router.
A guide to setting up a laser, adjusting the focus and setting the focus point, testing the focus and settings.
Introduction to CNC for the Total Novice – Setting up a Laser (PDF) Introduction to CNC for the Total Novice – Setting up a Laser (ZIP)
A guide of the control commands and Gcode that can be used on a Grbl based machine, what they are and what they do.
About Graham Bland
Realized I didn’t want to be a Mechanical Engineer a long time ago so became a computer programmer (IBM 360 assembler to start with). Stayed in IT as it came to be known going through Payments Systems, Money Market and FX trading systems, PC Support Manager (when they were new!), Trading room decision support…. Became an IT security architect mainly on the Cryptographic systems side, then an IT Security consultant. Later went into business on the internet and ran transactional websites and online advertising, then retired.
Played with Arduino microprocessors, Discovered CNC, Lasers and 3D printing a few years ago and these have been my hobbies ever since. It mirrors one of my greatest achievements which was achieving 98% mark on the end of year exam in woodworking at school in 1970!
GRBL compatible boards
GRBL compatible MakerBase MKS DLC ver 2.0 board. Uploading GRBl 1.1f firmware.
Getting started with Lightburn software – settings and parameters.