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The "Mach4" 3D Laser Build
« on: October 29, 2014, 07:13:32 AM »
Note: Split this off from my "Hog Heaven" post (but don't know how to move it to the Show "N" Tell (Your Machine) section)

Took a CD reader carriage and adapted it to control the Z axiis focal plane to my laser build/upgrade. Small screw with jam nut for limit switch home position. These use a stepper motor that adapt well for cnc control.  Pretty much an all day project, but does work very smooth.  I was pretty happy with the outcome, using an out of date CD reader that was just collecting dust. ;D


Thanks Scott Nichols for the move (Admin)
« Last Edit: November 30, 2014, 11:36:00 AM by Ya-Nvr-No »

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2014, 09:04:59 AM »
Very nifty idea for setting the focus - I will have to remember that one  ;)

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« Last Edit: November 30, 2014, 09:54:20 AM by Ya-Nvr-No »
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2014, 09:09:41 AM »
Thanks, but I'm looking forward more to 3D laser burning using Arts new planned project, and to have additional control of depth of burn. Some of the signs I make have a lot of relief and having the z axis focus control I can create some interesting detail. (Least that's my hope)
« Last Edit: November 30, 2014, 09:54:33 AM by Ya-Nvr-No »
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2014, 05:37:32 PM »
Got a little further with the Laser X axis, belts on and moves smooth. Hopefully get the Y axis done this week
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2014, 08:10:47 PM »
made an aluminum frame to hold the axis bed
took about 5 hours to cut and assembly.
more time to design and get a handle on how I could make what I had work.
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2014, 08:37:38 PM »
very nice are you going to use Arts laser controller with it
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2014, 08:43:49 PM »
Thanks, Yep controller is all built and tested, I just need to get this thing done.

Hoping to use Parker Servos for the X & Y and steppers for the two Z axis's

making design provisions for a hinged top and pass thru sides
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2014, 11:19:28 PM »
your way ahead of me then still have everything in bits
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2014, 05:09:48 PM »
Here is a photo of the control box.
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2014, 06:33:03 PM »
my lay out will be a bit different I am using recycled switches  
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