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Laser Puter Status
« on: November 25, 2012, 02:29:14 AM »
Just wanted to let everyone know -


The laser was freezing on multiple people mid-job. This has happened before, but tends to go away. It didn't this time, it's been doing it consistently for a few days now. So just for the heck of it, I reloaded the operating system on the laser computer. If anything goes horribly horribly wrong, know that I've got the old load imaged, so worst case we can go back to that.


However, I have the laser working fine on the new load. I also loaded the latest version of RetinaEngrave (the software used to actually run jobs on the laser) and here's hoping it's a little less derpy than the old software.


If you have issues, please report them here.


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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012, 02:29:41 PM »
Yay it works!!! ;D
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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2012, 09:35:52 PM »
The new software is really horrible.  I experienced nothing but problems with it yesterday.  It would regularly take something that was 8" wide, and condense it down to 3" wide.  It took many many disconnects and reconnects before I got it working.  At least twice, the motors stopped and the laser didn't, burning a hole in my material.  There were also many times where I set the machine to do 1 pass, and it would do double, regardless of setting.  Set it to 2, it would do 4...etc.  On the servo horns that I did, the machine ran way too fast and caused my circles to come out as ovals.


I don't think the problem is with the software, so much as possibly the length of cord/extension of the USB cable and possibly getting some sort of interference.


The monitor also needs to be identified and driver installed for it.  It's impossible to determine that a circle is a circle while designing things in inkscape, because the proper resolution is not set.  I could not find the proper resolution for the screen either, as the options available on the machine didn't have what apparently is the native resolution for that monitor.
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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2012, 10:15:06 PM »
Hmmmn... I noticed some weird cutting behavior the other night.  I was doing FIVE passes on the red, then FIVE on the black.  It did the red passes.. then did a black pass on one closed loop and then did three passes on a couple of the red circles..
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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2012, 12:37:45 AM »
Weird, and I'll see if I can take a look at getting a better USB extension, if you believe that could be the problem. There's HV for the laser tube, and I've been reading up on the laser and they say interference can cause problems like that. I'll also find out what's up with the monitor.

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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2012, 12:42:31 AM »
I did a few cuts earlier today and didn't notice any problesm with sizing. Although the new software does introduce some features one could get used to...(dat in program resizing) :)
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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2012, 04:56:50 AM »
Is there a way to keep both the new and old versions of the software on there?  I'd like to figure out if it's a problem with the software or not.  Maybe we could just swap the laser cutter + computer position so we don't need that long extension?


I'm just hoping that it is the usb extension and not something more serious.  We did have a soda spilled in there and ants crawling all over it.  I don't know much more than that or what kind of damage that could have caused.


I'm hopeful that we can get it all worked out.  The new software is great, as long as we can get it to stop doing funky stuff.  The laser has been cutting beautifully lately, to the very extents of its bed even.

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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2012, 10:19:24 AM »
There is, and once I find the old firmware we can just go back and forth, I just have to show people where File>Load Firmware is.


Me too. Meeee too...


Let me find the thickest usb cable I can find and hope that good shielding comes along with it. Alternately, I could move the computer to the other side of the laser and we might not need an extension. I'll think about it.

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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2012, 08:04:47 PM »
i used the laser cutter this am and it got stuck once in the middle of a cut. Dustin was able to hook up the second usb connection after locating a  hub. Then all was working as it should.

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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2012, 09:57:35 AM »
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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2012, 12:45:33 PM »
The hub seems to have fixed things, and I'm hearing mostly positive feedback about the new software. Thank you to whoever hooked up the hub, it seems to be helping!

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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2012, 02:19:55 PM »

when using the laser cutter today retina engrave software froze and I had to restart computer. There are two usb connections to the cutter and both were going to the usb hub. there was only one usb going to computer from the hub. I had to reattach the other usb (from laser cutter to the grey usb to the computer to get the cutter to work correctly. Why are there two usb's from laser to computer? Why do they both have to be attached to have it work correctly? Just curious!
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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2012, 05:13:45 PM »
One is an internal camera, and the other is the actual laser controller.

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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2012, 04:17:07 PM »
Am i the only one having problems with the laser cutter now? It crashed twice on me today (just froze up) and i had to restart full spectrum. the cutout design seems to degrade as the cutter moves to the right side and also at the top of the cut. Is it easy to recalibrate?

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Re: Laser Puter Status
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2012, 04:24:16 PM »
last time the cuts started to degrade, I think the laser was not being cooled correctly. Have we checked the water?