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Mach 3 Controlling Co2 Laser
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:24:45 PM »
Hello Folks,

I am trying to do some etching/photo engraving with my co2 Laser, I currently am using a post that converts my g code to have m3 and m4 commands through v carve, I would like to be able to put a photo on a piece of wood, is this possible through mach? should i use a different program or maybe get a laser B.O.B, ? Here is some info on my setup below also have attached .tap file and photos of wiring let me know what you think i am currently only able to cut wood at what seems to be 100% power

Here is the link to my PSU

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cloudray-80W-CO2-Laser-Power-Supply-Source-for-CO2-Laser-Engraving-Cutting-Machine-HY-T80/32583715120.html

Here is a link to my BOB

https://banggood.com/5-Axis-CNC-Breakout-Interface-Board-For-Stepper-Driver-Mach3-With-USB-p-81074.html?gmcCountry=CA&currency=CAD&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=cpc_elc&utm_content=zouzou&utm_campaign=pla-brand-elc2-ca&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxN_XBRCFARIsAIufy1ZNIbkvUhyzAu5M6XJlbDDo7P1kD9bu5CVfQfWNuXR7Go-Kaz-lirgaAhVsEALw_wcB
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Re: Mach 3 Controlling Co2 Laser
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2018, 08:21:26 AM »
Hi Wes709,

The M3 / M4 commands are far too slow acting so the M10Px / M11Px commands were included within Mach3 (and the M63Px / M62Px within Mach4) specially for laser use.
This thread describes my exploits and may be of interest to you;   http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,12444.msg248511.html#msg248511

Although I have used Mach3 for laser reproducing photographic images for many years now, for me, the relatively new software Auggie seems to have taken over.

Tweakie.
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