I haven’t posted here about the laser cutter in quite a while.
It’s coming along. I’m nearly done with the mechanical assembly and ready to start on wiring and electronics. Â The gantry, the movable beam in the center of the picture, is installed. Â The laser carriage, which rides on the gantry, is also installed. Â The table has been installed for a while, though I’m going to replace the plastic eggcrate table surface with an aluminum eggcrate.
Here is the laser carriage.
I’ve been acquiring lots of parts. Â I think I have everything needed to finish the mechanical assembly, build the electronics, and install the air assist. Â I have some of the parts for the laser water cooling system, and I have not yet ordered a laser or laser power supply. Â I don’t really have a plan for exhaust venting yet, either. Â We’ve talked about tying the laser cutter into the bathroom exhaust fan.
Most of the plastic parts were printed here at Eugene Maker Space on Rick’s Makerbot. Â (Notably, not the cable carrier. Â That is from Kabelschlepp.)
The electronics are where it starts getting really complicated, and I’m almost at that point. Â But I still think I can build a laser cutter.