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Lasers FAQs, laser cutting, focus, wiring, connecting, misc

 

FAQs – All about laser cutter attachment

What is so cool about Endurance  2.1 Watt laser?
Everything…) Because we use laser diode to produce power output.
It is not so obvious which diode to use. What kind of lens has to be installed.
And the most complicated question is how to cool this laser.

 

What is the white wire and how do I use PWM?
The white wire is used for PWM input. If you are not using PWM, simply connect it to the red wire. Otherwise, you can use it to send PWM pulses (logic 0 is 0V; logic 1 is anything between 5V and the laser input voltage) to the laser. Be sure to not exceed 50% PWM, if you need more power than that, let the laser remain on. The white wire carries almost no current, so any wire gauge can be used, and it can be connected directly to an Arduino or other microcontroller.

I can use CO2 laser to cut and engrave.
Of course you can use CO2 laser cutter machine. But the problem is that CO2 laser machine can only do this things. It has high weight and relatively high price. Our laser is an extension for your current CNC device (3D printer)

Your laser can not cut metal, wood, acrylic
In fact we can not cut metal. But all other materials, like ABS, PLA, plastic, acrylic, felt, fiber, etc. can be cut. Also keep in mind that speed is not high and our laser is sensitive to material color. For example while materials reflect and therefore it will need relatively more time to cut white thing comparing to dark one.

How to install Endurance laser for RAMPS 1.4?
Black wire = Extruder heater –
Red wire = Extruder heater +
Grey wire = Extruder heater + also

I can use plotter to cut anything I want
It is really good point. Plotter can be used for many applications. But what if you have 3D printer and you do not have a plotter. Then our solution is the best choice.

Can it melt and do welding with Endurance laser cutter?
Our current output is not sufficient to do welding or soldering. But we are working on next laser models what will be more powerful.

Can you give a costing for courier (dhl, UPS or Fedex) as opposed to USPS
Normaly it is 25 USD for worldwide, excl. Europe (only 20 USD there), It is USPS.

Will you still be able to control speed, power settings from the regular software (used by the cnc)
Normaly you can control it in gcode or settings in your CNC router or 3D printer.

I will like to retrofit an existing system with your laser what is the largest X axis and Y axis possible
Yeah, actually you need only X / Y axes…

What is the focus length
2-10 cm (0.5-2 inch)

What is the continuous use time for your laser
We tested it for 48 hours and it worked perfectly.

Is the safety goggles included (As in the pics)
Yes, we supply with 2 pair of protection goggles

What is the wavelength of your laser and which colour acrylic will be used if I want to build an enclosure 445 nm.
You need red color to cover your deivce to protect and we still recommend to operate in goggles…) Just for safety.

Can you give a costing for courier (dhl, UPS or Fedex) as opposed to USPS
Normaly it is 25 USD for worldwide, excl. Europe (only 20 USD there), It is USPS.

Will you still be able to control speed, power settings from the regular software (used by the cnc)
Normaly you can control it in gcode or settings in your CNC router or 3D printer.

I will like to retrofit an existing system with your laser what is the largest X axis and Y axis possible
Yeah, actually you need only X / Y axes…

What is the focus length
2-10 cm (0.5-2 inch)

What is the continuous use time for your laser
We tested it for 48 hours and it worked perfectly.

Is the safety goggles included (As in the pics)
Yes, we supply with 2 pair of protection goggles

What is the wavelength of your laser and which colour acrylic will be used if I want to build an enclosure
445 nm.
you need red color to cover your deivce to protec and still we recoment to operate in goggles…) Just for safety.

Would it cut through .032 (<1mm) thick Stainless Steel?
Lasers that cut steel are expensive and dangerous. Even a 40W laser won’t. You need 200W or more. Laws of physics…

I have a 8x8x8 Davinci 3D printer. In thinking of other uses like making a Cat40 holder for actual CNC mounting (full-size) or even on a Bridgeport, would it be possible to power the laser with a 12V battery pack? Looking at the power usage rating on the 2.1a it seems possible, but I figured I’d ask.
Yes. You can even use a 3-cell lipo battery (11.1 volts)

What is the maximum thickness of material it can cutout in a single pass? I am assuming that multiple passes could cut through thicker material.
1mm.

I read elsewhere about a 3.1a version, but do not see it on your site. Additionally I saw on your site about a 5a version in development that R&D was expected to be finished May 2015. Is there any update on either of those? Any rough ballpark pricing estimates or expectations?
The 3.5W is complete and being tested. The 5W version will need FDA approval, so w
e don’t know when we can sell it.

What type of material is recommended for the table?
“Blank” copper board used in electronics. Cheap, good thermal dispersion, easy to get.

The article I read that directed me to your site had stated: “With a “dot size” of about 10 mils (0.25mm) at 1/8″ depth, or more at 3/16″, the laser is capable of cutting up to 3/16″ (5mm) plywood or acrylic with multiple passes.” I’m unclear if they’re saying that there are adjustable power settings and at 1/8 depth of “cut” the dot size is .25mm and it can be adjusted to a 3/16” depth of cut with larger dot size. It then mentions multiple passes to cut through 3/16” so I’m a bit confused. The lasers I’ve worked with have power and frequency adjustments but I doubt that there’d be any settings on these in regards to that. Could you explain a bit more for me?
You can do PWM on the laser for power, and adjust the dot size by moving a thumb screw.

You write that I should use GCode, but how do I convert an image to GCode in
the first place?
Download WinTopo (free version)
Convert the image to DXF using WinTopo

I will be hooking this up to a “Smoothieware control board”. Can you show me a schematic or something to show me how I will be hooking up to this laser.
Smoothie controller has a mosfet I can use for the 12 volts. In other words what will you be giving me for electrical hookup ? I just want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row before buying.

Hello, after analyzing the Smoothieboard we have determined that your best bet is to use any MOSFET (“small” or “big”) on the board to switch the small adapter. This will minimize the amount of soldering you will have to do. Alternatively, you may use any TTL output that is directly accessible on the board to control the laser module directly. This will reduce the amount of wiring you will have to do, but may need soldering a breakout on one of the controller’s TTL pins.

Would you have any hints on how to hook up the 8watt laser to the “Smoothie controller” ? It has a large Mosfet I can use??? Or do I need one with your setup?

The laser comes with its own MOSFET for PWM and power control; you will simply have to give it a TTL signal on the control wire (3.3V or higher).
If your board uses negative-side switching (for example, a PWM fan output), we can provide an adapter. This comes at no cost, but please specify whether you need it or not!
laser is 100% made in the USA and there is a 24 hour lead time period for assembly and diode burn-in.

 

To convert DXF to GCode follow the instructions at:

http://endurancerobots.com/en/products/laser-cutters-accessory/quick-start/
http://endurancerobots.com/en/products/laser-cutters-accessory/running-a-laser-2/
http://endurancerobots.com/en/products/laser-cutters-accessory/setting-up-a-laser/


Tell about your lasers / Tell about Endurance lasers
Endurance has developed semiconductor (diode) lasers, which produce radiation that can burn or melt the upper layer of the material on which it is focused. At the moment Endurance offers its customers lasers with a nominal output of 2.1 W; 3.5 W; 5.6 W and 8 W. More powerful lasers can significantly reduce the time of engraving or cutting.
For more information visit our website: old.EnduranceRobots.com
Keywords: Endurance laser, radiation, burn through material, engraving, cutting.


Tell about engraving / Tell about laser engraving
Laser engraving is a process of burning or melting the upper layer of the material with a focused laser beam. The engraving speed and depth depend on the output power of the semiconductor (diode) laser. Visit our website: old.EnduranceRobots.com to learn more about Endurance lasers.
Keywords: Endurance laser, radiation, burn through material, upper layer, engraving, semiconductor laser, diode laser.


Tell about your engravers / Tell about Endurance engravers
Endurance engravers are CNC machines or 3D printers equipped with a semiconductor (diode) laser. The engravers differ in the work areas and software they use. Visit our site: old.EnduranceRobots.com to learn more.
Keywords: Endurance laser, CNC machine, 3D printer, semiconductor (diode) laser.


I want to purchase a laser. What will you advise? / What laser will you recommend? / I want to purchase a laser for engraving.
The choice of the laser depends on the sphere of its application. The engraving speed and depth depend on the output power of the semiconductor (diode) laser. More powerful lasers can significantly reduce the time of engraving or cutting, and also allow you to engrave on anodized aluminum and glass. For more detailed information on laser performance tests and their technical characteristics go to our website: old.endurancerobots.com
Keywords: Endurance laser, material, power, semiconductor, diode, engraving, cutting, aluminum, glass.


I need an engraver for metal engraving.
The 8 W semiconductor (diode) Endurance laser is capable of engraving on anodized or painted aluminum. Less powerful lasers are suitable only for engraving on wood (or wood based materials), acrylic, plastic, PVC, leather, fabric. For engraving on metal, you can cut out a stencil with a laser, then using the stencil engrave the pattern (inscription) on the metal by means of etching or electrolysis.
Keywords: Endurance laser, material, wood, acrylic, plastic, PVC, leather, fabric, stencil, etching, power, semiconductor, diode, engraving, cutting.


I’d like to buy a laser /to place an order/ How to order a laser / How to contact you?
To acquire any Endurance production, place an order on the website: old.EnduranceRobots.com, EnduranceRobots.com or EnduranceLasers.com. Or contact us by calling to the phones you see on the website.
Keywords: Endurance laser, buy, purchase, place an order, acquire, information.


I’d like to purchase an engraver / I’d like to buy a laser for engraving
The Endurance team recommends the Endurance DIY equipped with a 3,5 W semiconductor (diode) Endurance laser. The engraver is powerful enough to successfully perform various tasks and to become your universal assistant in business and at home. To know more about the Endurance DIY engraver performance capabilities go to our website: old.endurancerobots.com
Keywords: Endurance laser DIY engraver, semiconductor (diode) laser.


I’d like to buy a laser for cutting
The Endurance team recommends the Endurance DIY engraver equipped with a 5.6 W Endurance laser semiconductor (diode) laser. This powerful engraver is able to easily cut a plywood, 8 mm thick. For more detailed information on the performance capabilities of the Endurance DIY engraver go to our website: old.endurancerobots.com
Keywords: Endurance laser engraver, laser DIY, semiconductor, diode, plywood.


I need a laser and a 3D printer
We offer you the Endurance Wanhao Duplicator i3 (combo). This device is a three-in-one solution: it can work as a 3D printer, laser cutter and laser engraver. Depending on the output power of the installed laser, you can engrave and cut such materials as: leather, acrylic, plastic, plywood, wood, fabric, felt, PVC or glass.
Keywords: Endurance Wanhao Duplicator i3 (combo) engraver, laser, 3D printer, cut, engraver, leather, acrylic, plastic, wood, plywood, fabric, felt, PVC, glass.


Can I engrave an inscription and then erase it or part of it and then re-engrave with a laser?
Laser engraving is a process of burning or melting of the material upper layer under the influence the focused laser beam. To erase the engraving you will need to mechanically remove the upper layer of the material with the engraving or cover the surface with a layer of paint.
Keywords: Endurance laser, engraving, upper layer, laser beam, paint, erase, remove, mechanically.


Can you make an engraving on a laptop? Won’t the engraving damage it?
We didn’t experiment on electronic devices. But we assume no harm will be done if you engrave on an intact plastic case of your electronic device.
Keywords: laser engraving, laptop.


What is the difference between laser and mechanical engraving?
In the laser engraving process the focused laser beam burns or melts the upper layer of the material, changing its structure. While mechanical action results in mechanical damage of the material upper layer without changing its structure.
Keywords: laser engraving, layer, burning, beam, structure, mechanical damage.


How thick should be leather for engraving?
To perform laser engraving on leather adjust the laser output power and engraving speed so that to prevent burning through the material.
Keywords: laser engraving, laser speed, output power, burn through.


What laser is the best for leather engraving?
For leather engraving Endurance specialists recommend 2,1 and 3,5 W semiconductor (diode) Endurance lasers.
Keywords: Endurance laser, leather engraving.


What laser is the best for wood engraving?
To perform laser engraving on wood or wood-based materials Endurance specialists recommend 2,1 and 3,5 W semiconductor (diode) Endurance lasers.
Keywords: Endurance laser, wood, wood-based materials, engraving.


What laser is the best for plastic engraving?
To perform laser engraving on plastic Endurance specialists recommend 2,1 and 3,5 W semiconductor (diode) Endurance lasers.
Keywords: Endurance laser, plastic, engraving.


What is needed to start a laser engraving business?
To start any business you need to make a business plan. As for the laser work management you will need to buy an Endurance DIY engraver with a 2,1 W Endurance laser. Only for 395$.
Keywords: Endurance laser DIY laser, business, engraving, engraver.


What is the payout time of the laser cutter? / How long will it take for the laser cutter/engraver to be paid off?
It will take 1-3 months. This will be a profitable investment if you organize your own business.
Keywords: engraver, payout time, pay off, investment, business, engraver.


What software do you need for engraving?
The software for laser engraving is supplied along with the selected engraver. Besides, you can find the necessary software on the official website of Endurance: old.endurancerobots.com
Keywords: Endurance laser, engraving, software, engraver.


What changes do you need to make in the firmware?
No need to make any changes in the firmware.
Keywords: laser, engraving, firmware, change.


Where to find samples of the G-code engravings of various types (point and outline)? / How to view laser engraving results?
You can view engravings made with an Endurance semiconductor (diode) laser on our videos.
Keywords: Endurance lasers, experiments, video, results


What materials are better for engraving?
Using Endurance semiconductor (diode) lasers, you can engrave or cut items made of leather, acrylic, wood (or materials based on it), plywood, plastic, fabric, painted or anodized aluminum, stone and glass.
Keywords: Endurance laser, materials, engraving, leather, acrylic, wood (or materials based on it), plywood, plastic, fabric, painted or anodized aluminum, stone, glass.


For how long a laser engraving will last?
Laser engraving is a process of burning or melting the upper layer of materials under the influence of the directed focused laser beam. The engraved pattern cannot be removed without mechanical damage to the material on which it is engraved.
Keywords: laser engraving removal, laser beam, upper layer, melting, burning, mechanical damage.


What is the engraving process duration?
It depends on the output power of the laser and the size of the engraved pattern. The more powerful the laser the less exposure time needed.
Keywords: laser engraving duration, exposure time, laser power.


Can you make a colored engraving using a semiconductor (diode) laser?
No, you can’t at the moment.
Keywords: laser engraving, colored engraving.


What are the return conditions of the laser?
The laser can be returned within 14 days with a full refund, in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation. In the warranty case the laser can be taken to repair or replaced with a similar one.
Keywords: laser return, warranty, return time, replacement, refund.


What can I do if I didn’t like the laser?
If an Endurance product does not meet you expectations you can return it within 14 days or replace for an alternative variant.
Keywords: Endurance laser, purchase return, replacement.


How to make a beautiful image for engraving?
To prepare images for engraving, Endurance recommends using such graphic editors, such as: Adobe Photoshop. Detailed instructions on all the stages of preparation for engraving you can find on our website: old.EnduranceRobots.com in the section “Video instructions”.
Keywords: prepare, laser, image, graphics editor, Adobe Photoshop.


What speed is the best to engrave wood (leather, plastic)?
The choice of the laser engraving speed depends on the output power of the installed laser and the required depth of the sample burning. There are no special recommendations. To achieve the best result, you need to play around with various parameters while engraving on individual material samples.
Keywords: Endurance laser, engraving speed, samples.


Do make engravings?
The Endurance company develops and sells lasers and robots. We don’t deal with bespoke engraving works.
Keywords: Endurance, bespoke engraving.


Where can I use a laser?
Having an Endurance semiconductor (diode) laser you can create a working station for engraving/cutting various materials or organize a small souvenir and gift business or manufacture of stamps and seals.
Keywords: semiconductor (diode) laser, small business, souvenirs, stamps, seals, manufacture.


How to choose an optimal model?
To choose an optimal model of a semiconductor (diode) laser, you need to determine the works that you want perform with it. For cutting materials you will need more powerful lasers (3.5W, 5.6W or 8W). For engraving the 2.1 W Endurance laser is the best choice.
Keywords: Endurance laser, optimal model, engraving, cutting.


How to install an Endurance laser (2,1; 3,5; 5,6; 8 W) laser on a CNC machine?
The process of Endurance lasers installation is simple enough and does not require additional knowledge. As a rule, it takes no more than an hour. You just need to fix the laser at the place of the spindle location and connect it to the power source of your device. On the site: old.endurancerobots.com there is a video on the process of the Endurance lasers installation.
Keywords: Endurance, laser, CNC machine, installation, spindle.


How to install an Endurance laser (2,1; 3,5; 5,6; 8 W) laser on a 3D printer?
The process of Endurance lasers installation is simple enough and does not require additional knowledge. As a rule, it takes no more than an hour. You just need to fix the laser at the place of the extruder location and connect it to the power source of your device. On the site: old.endurancerobots.com there is a video on the process of the Endurance lasers installation.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, 3D printer, extruder, installation.


What graphics editors are better to use to prepare images for engraving?
Endurance specialists recommend that you use the Inkscape program.
Keywords: Endurance, engraving, Inkscape, program, image.


Do you warrant your lasers? / What is the warranty period for Endurance laser (2,1; 3,5; 5,6; 8 W) lasers?
The warranty period for Endurance lasers is 1 year from the purchase date.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, warranty period.


What is the warranty period for the Endurance WANHAO (Endurance Makeblock, Endurance DIY) laser engraver?
The warranty period for Endurance lasers engravers is 6 months from the purchase date.
Keywords: engraver, Endurance, warranty period.


How to acquire a laser engraver (a laser)?
You can purchase an Endurance laser by placing an order on old.EnduranceRobots.com, EnduranceRobots.com or EnduranceLasers.com. For more details you can call to the phone numbers listed on the site.
Keywords: laser, engraver, Endurance, acquire, purchase, place an order.


What is the delivery time?
Delivery of the laser within the Russian Federation is carried out by the Post of Russia or EMC. To calculate the time and cost of delivery of goods you can on the official website of the transport company. The approximate delivery time within the Russian Federation is from 3 to 10 days.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, delivery time, cost, Post of Russia.


What additional services do you provide?
Endurance offers warranty and post-warranty service on our products. We have an individual approach to each customer.
Keywords: Endurance, warranty, post-warranty service, individual; approach.


What kind of plywood is better for laser cutting with an Endurance laser (2,1; 3,5; 5,6; 8 W) laser?
It’s up to a customer to choose the size and quality of the materials for laser cutting/engraving. Gaining experience in cutting/engraving, you will understand what materials are better for this or that kind of work.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, engraving, cutting, material selection, experience.


Is it possible to engrave on metals? / Why is not possible to engrave on metal?
5 W and 8 W endurance lasers can engrave on painted aluminum. 8 W Endurance lasers can engrave on anodized aluminum.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, engraving, metal, anodized aluminum, painted aluminum.


Why is it difficult to engrave transparent surfaces?
The laser beam, when passing through transparent material, is unable to focus its power and melt the surface. For successful engraving on samples made of transparent materials, opaque sublayers should be used. In the process of melting the sublayer the transparent material (plastic or glass) will be also melted and, accordingly, engraved.
Keywords: laser, beam, Endurance, transparent material, focusing, opaque sublayer, glass.


What is the accuracy of image engraving?
The accuracy grade (engraving accuracy) of all Endurance semiconductor (diode) lasers is 0,1 мм. This value corresponds appropriately to 300 dpi.
Keywords: Endurance, image engraving, accuracy, engraving quality, accuracy grade, semiconductor (diode) laser.


What is the maximum engraving speed?
The maximum engraving speed depends on your engraver and its software.
Keywords: engraving speed, engraver, software.


What software is needed for the device (laser engraving)?
Endurance specialists recommend the following software: mDraw, CNCC Laseraxe, BenBox, Cura, Inkscape, Repetier-Host
Keywords: software, recommendations.


What power supply is needed for the 5.6 W Endurance L‑cheapo laser ? / What power supply is needed for Endurance lasers?
The power supply of 12 V 5 A is enough.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, power supply.


What kind of the power supply source is needed for the Endurance Wanhao (Endurance DIY, Endurance Makeblock) laser engraver?
Household power supply is enough to power your device operation.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, power supply source, device operation.


Is that possible to upgrade the device by increasing its power?
It is possible to upgrade its power only by replacing the laser.
Keywords: upgrade, device, replacing, laser, power, increasing.


Is your laser fail-safe?
Endurance lasers are fail-safe. A reliable cooling system allows lasers to operate non-stop up to 48 hours.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, cooling system, fail-safe.


What laser is the best for making keyrings?
Endurance recommends the 5.6 W Endurance laser for making keyrings.
Keywords: laser, Endurance laser, keyring, making.


Can the laser engrave ceramics?
Unfortunately, today Endurance lasers are unable to engrave or cut ceramics.
Keywords: laser, Endurance, engraving, cutting, ceramics.


What laser is the best to engrave acrylic (plywood, MDF 1mm)
Endurance recommends 2,1 W or 3,5 W Endurance lasers for engraving acrylic, plywood or MDF.
Keywords: laser, Endurance laser, engraving, acrylic, recommendation.


What laser is the best to cut MDF (plywood, acrylic)?
To cut materials Endurance recommends more powerful lasers, such as: 3,5 W, 5,6 W Endurance laser or 8 W Endurance.
Keywords: laser, Endurance laser, cutting, recommendation.

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Where the laser should be connected on creality Cr-10
The laser should be connected to the FAN output on a creality Cr-10 board

What command is used for creality Cr-10?
from what I know It depend by the firmware of the 3D printer but usually they are M106 (on) / M107 (off) or M03 (on) / M05 (off)

Everything you need to know about your board with Arduino.
If you want Connect the laser TTL to arduino nano – connect to D11 pin

How connect TTL/PWM if I use external power supply and Endurance MO1 PCB
If you want to use Endurance MO1 PCB you need to connect TTL wire to 12V wire that goes to the laser.

How connect the laser with Eleksmaker PCB?
There are 3 pins on Eleksmaker PCB you connect 12V / GND / PWM and you are ready to go.

I have a MillRight Carver King and am trying how to setup the 8.5W Endurance laser with this cnc.
The MillRight uses a arduino uno board and a arduino shield stepper board attached to the uno. The small wire TTL goes to SpnDl and it will be you PWM and to the jack power in the laser you need to feed laser with 12V and 5 amps power supply.

Is it normal that the laser works even if the TTL wire is not connected?
No, the laser works only with connected TTL to 12V+ or to the PWM.

I have a Shark HD3 Machine. I see where the unit attaches to the control box, but what do the small blue and white wires do? And how does the unit attach to the laser itself?
Here is a full guidance of how to connect to Shark HD3 machine: https://endurancelasers.com/download/Guidance%20how%20to%20connect%20laser%20to%203D%20printers%20and%20CNC%20machines.pdf

I have tried without the MO1 PCB. I have connected directly to the + and – terminals of the relay to the 12v standard jack input on the laser. I have left the thin yellow wire alone and disconnected from anything. I am still unable to run the laser with an engraving program. The m3 and M5 commands are used, and still do not work. Am I connecting it wrong? Do I need to connect the thin yellow wire from the laser itself to anything?
small one wire is a TTL+ and needs to be connected it to PWM or simply to 12V power – it will work on max power during all the time.

Does the laser require two forms of power coming in? I have the 12V jack with power. And then I connect the yellow wire, to the relay as well?
Both ways, either power + TTL connected with PWM or power + TTL connected with 12V+ power depends if you want / have PWM control or not

I understand about the PWM. Where would an external power supply of 12V come from?
Any power adapter (AC/DC) 12V 5A

I have the 8W laser. Finally got a power supply. Good news is the laser works. Bad news is I can’t control the on & off state. It’s always on. The voltage on the TTL+ line 0 or 5vdc. I set it up as if it were a spindle. M3 provides 5vdc to the TTL line. M5 provides 0vdc to the TTL line. Even if the voltage is zero, the laser is still on.
Seems like you have an issue with a MOSFET for some reasons. The laser should only work if TTL is connected.

How does TTL work?
TTL opens or closes MOSFET from any voltage… so voltage does not matter… Matters intensity (duty ratio) of a signal… does not matter if it is 5V or 12V… if TTL is active for 90% of time then the laser power will be 90% of it’s maximum power capacity… does it make sence?

Will the laser work if ttl is not connected?
The laser should not work until TTL is connected… with unconnected TTL the laser should be off…

Can you help me connect your 8W laser to a Ultimachines Rambo Board?
Ultimachines Rambo Board needs to be connected to FAN1 port.

Hi I need UCCNC Manual
I need a bit of assistance connecting the 8W unit to a UB1 breakout board using UCCNC. Manual found here: https://endurancelasers.com/running-endurance-laser-on-a-cnc-machine/

How to run your lasers on makeBlock
To run the laser on MakeBlock you do not need a PWM, MakeBlock does work without TTL just by controlling the current on the board.

Connect the laser on arudiono uno
If you want to see how the lasers works under Arduino UNO – have a look at this page https://endurancelasers.com/arduino-generator-for-the-laser/

So what does pin 11 on a arduino uno do then?
Pin 11 on Arduino is a pin for TTL

How to connect the laser to to Shapeoko2
Driver Input “+” or Laser Driver Input “-” on the module to connect to. From the manual: Pin 11 Labeled “11” on either Arduino or GShield to Laser Driver Input “+”. Pin 14 Labeled “GND” on either Arduino or GShield to Laser Driver Input “-“. Here is the picture of the GShield with the hookups: And the Arduino: https://endurancelasers.com/download/Guidance%20how%20to%20connect%20laser%20to%203D%20printers%20and%20CNC%20machines.pdf

I am adding alaser to my Router. I’m using Mach3 and a Gecko 540.
Connect the laser to PWM output on you G540 machine and connect an external power to the laser. It will work

How to do a laser cutting of a square
If you want to cut a square, then you need to make a gcode of it and make speed 50-100, power 100%, repeats 3-5 times!

What should be laser speed for cutting 3 mm acrylic with 8 watt laser (100% power) and How many steps are required.
I set power 100% speed 100 and 2-3 passes should cut through

How to Check 8 watt laser is delivering 8 watt at 100 % power setting.
I would say that 8 watt laser should cut 2-3 mm of wood with one pass.

How to Check 10 watt laser is delivering 100 % power setting.
I would say that 10 watt laser should cut 2-5 mm of wood with one or two passes

Just mounted the the 2,1w laser on makeblock xy plotter, but it seems not work properly. The fan is not working at all, it give some output on low laser beam but on high it loses output.
The 2.1 watt laser should work from MakeBlock board connected directly. Please check the power supply that goes to the MakeBlock

I have a 12v 8.3a power supply and i am now looking at using this as a direct power supply for the laser, but then i do not have a connection with the control board. How do i make a connection between the control board and laser?
You can connect the TTL wire to your PWM and plug you power into the laser jack. It will use external power supply and TTL from your board.

I tried to run my laser from D9 plugs on a reprap 1.4 with no success with fan or laser. In the detailed installation manual the D9 plugs have a laser driver connected, is this necessary?
You need to connect the laser 12V+ with TTL to D9 plug or use Endurance MO1 PCB to run the laser from external power supply

can i run the laser direct from D9 on reprap 1.4?
You need to connect the laser 12V+ with TTL to D9 plug or use Endurance MO1 PCB to run the laser from external power supply

does the 8w laser have a control board inside?
yes, 8 watt laser has control board inside

does the 5.6w laser have a control board inside?
yes, 5.6 watt laser has control board inside

does the 3.5 watt laser have a control board inside?
yes, watt watt laser has control board inside

is the power input on the laser center positive or center negative?
In the center it is a positive 12V+ (it is called positive polarity)

I am using spindle speed (PWM) from my cnc pro V3 board to control laser output .
You need to setup max duty ratio signal if you want a full power

What speed will give me full power on the laser and how can I tell?
You need to setup max duty ratio signal if you want a full power

I see no prices and am confused as to what I would need to get. I own a Wanhao Di3 already. How much is the kit to add the engraving function?
If you want a laser – just select the laser you want on a site: EnduranceLasers.com or learn more about diode lasers: https://endurancelasers.com/diode-lasers/

Does the extruder for the 3d printer stay on, or is it removed and switched back and forth when I want to go from engraving to 3d printing?
No, you do not need to remove an extruder from a 3D printer.

How to install the laser on a stepcraft machine:
Have a look at this guidance: https://endurancelasers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/StepCraft-Laser-setup-for-Mach-or-UCCNC.pdf

I am looking to hook up the 8w laser to my CNC. I am running a Gradus M1 Pro CNC controller. Because my power supply is running 24V, I plan on buying an additional 12V 5-6 amp power supply for the laser only.
Yes, you can do that!

Let me know the best way to hook up the laser? I will be switching from spindle to laser frequently. I currently use the 0-10V output to control the spindle.
absolutely, you may hook the laser to your machine and use spindle pwm output to change laser power.

What happens if the laser turns off
Hmm, it is very strange but it can happen if the laser overheats or something wrong with a g-code.

My PWM generates 0V to 5V (via UCCNC and Stepcraft SUB D 15 pin connector pin 7 and GND as in your Endurance guidence pdf file) all I am curious about if this is oké to make the laser go from 0% to full power 100%.
Yes any voltage from 1 to 12V would activate the MOSFET and therefore the laser will be on, duty ratio will change the laser intensity.

I have a customer with some questions about wiring your 8W laser module to our CNC xPRO. Typically with other lasers this is done by wiring the signal input of the laser to the Spindle output of the board with a common ground. Does your module have a ground and signal wire available?
That is correct TTL+ has only one wire.

I have no clue if this is compatible with the Creality CR-10. I have no desire to butcher the control box or replace my extruder just to use the laser, as I wish to use both components without having to swap. Again, maybe Im making this more difficult than it is, but I have no knowledge when it comes to electrical.
Yes, you may run the laser with the extruder.

Compatibility with Creality and a RAMPS-based printer
The Creality is a RAMPS-based printer, and as such is compatible with Endurance lasers. You will not have to replace the extruder, merely mount the laser on top of it. For wiring, the simplest thing to do is to connect the red and white wires on the Endurance lasers together, then connect those and the black wire to the extruder heater or fan output

Hooked up as you state here for cr10 how is laser power level controlled?
You may change your laser power with a g-code.

Can you please post the exact type of diode?
You may learn more about our components on this page: https://endurancelasers.com/laser-components/

Can the 8w laser cut 6.5mm MDF and If so how many passes?
Yes, 8 watt laser can cut up to 8 mm of wood, plywood and MDF bout would require something like 5-10 passes.

Can the 10w laser cut 6.5mm MDF and If so how many passes?
Yes, 10 watt laser can cut up to 8 mm of wood, plywood and MDF bout would require something like 5-7 passes.

If you I use shorter focal lens, what is the beam width at the lens output?
It is 0.1 mm (100 uM)

What is the actual Duty Cycle of your 8W Laser Head?
We test our lasers for 48-72 hours for continuous operations.

 

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