Laser Cutter Inductions
In this induction you will learn how to safely operate our Rayjet300 Laser Cutter, making something to take home.
You will learn how to operate the machine, how to identify problems and what to do when problems occur.
This induction was prepared by Dan Cook in 2016
- Participants must be over 16 years of age
- Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times
- Please register for a State Library of Queensland patron account before you arrive. You will need an account to complete the induction, assessment and make bookings for the equipment
What’s a laser Cutter?
- Motorised mirror on an X, Y axis
- 100W Carbon Dioxide Laser
- Infrared follows VECTOR line work
- Can cut paper, card, wood, and acrylic
- Metal: can be etched only
- Wood: must check with the supervisor first
- Other Materials: see supervisor
Is it dangerous?
- Fire Danger
- Laser Radiation
- Safety Interlocks
- No user serviceable parts
Before you start
- Ask the supervisor to use the Laser Cutter
- Specify the material you want to cut… and the size
- Always ask the supervisor “Do we have a HOT WORK PERMIT?”
- No cutting can be done until the hot work permit is in place
- To stop the machine: Press the pause button or simply ift the lid…1)
Measure Twice, Cut Once!
- You know the size of your
- design, yes?
- You’ll need it!
It is critical that you know both the material thickness and the size of your material. Find out. Write it down.
Inside the machine
Position the laser head
Check the focal distance
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- Take the focus check
- device and place
- carefully into the
- channel on the side
- of the laser head…
- It’ll balance there.
- Don’t drop it!
Raise the bed... Carefully...
As the bed approaches the head, use individual button clicks to move the bed up until it JUST touches the focus device, either knocking it off or causing it to move.
Put it back where it lives!
Inside the front ledge of the machine!
Position the laser
Position the laser at the top left of the material to be cut. Do NOT adjust the height….
Shut the lid
15.jpg And move to the PC to setup the software
Open Corel Draw
Select File > ‘New from Template’
Choose ‘edgetemplate.cdt’ Template
File > Import
Select your file…
Place the file in the top left corner
File is imported
Use the selection arrow
24.jpg This is used to select items within the program.
Use it to select the entire image by click-dragging a box over it.
Cut paths MUST have a RED Hairline
Check all cut lines are OK
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Add some text
Use your colours!
28.jpg Colours can be used to set cut, engrave or cut orders
Red Hairline – Cut
Engrave Power Setting Presets:
File > Print
Go to ‘Preferences’ first
Setting up the Laser Cutter
Fire or fail!
BEWARE! Incorrect settings will cause a fire… Or a print fail… and you still pay for the materials
Setting up the configuration
32.jpg Selected Material
Set the material
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Set the Thickness
Auto Focus is ALWAYS off
36.jpg 37.jpg Why? This machine does not have an auto focus system. Switching on this setting will cause a head crash. This is bad and will require a service technician to rectify.
Setup the cut…
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Times to repeat
Speed <> Accuracy
What’s wrong here?
Check the settings…
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Verify your settings
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Upload your settings
42.jpg Upload to printer
43.jpg Never, ever, press this one!
When configured, hit OK!
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Send to the Print Manager
Now load the Print Manager
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The Print Manager…
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The Print Manager…
46.jpg Select your print
Always use Move Job to Laser
46.jpg ALWAYS Check This!
47.jpg Did you check this?
Previews the operation
When previewing you should see the whole image with the colours you selected…
Press start on the laser cutter!
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The HEPA grade air filter will extract all smoke. Ensure it has automatically come on by looking for this light…
The print job will start!
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Keep an eye on the cut in case of fire or issues with the print Usually, all engraving starts first, then the cutting In an emergency, lift the lid to stop the cut
55.jpg 56.jpg The laser will move back to it’s home position.
BEFORE you lift the lid:
Use the keypad to lower the bed. This prevents damage to the head when removing material. Wait… at least 30 seconds for the smoke to clear
Carefully remove the work piece
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Make sure you remove all cut material.
If some material has dropped into the honeycomb, alert the supervisor who will remove it for you.
What do you do if the lens is dirty? What do you do if the honeycomb is not located properly? What do you do if the work piece catches on fire? What do you do if the machine makes unusual noises?
New Laser induction Activity Dec 2019- usb stick
After using the Chair design for several year it became aparent that we needed a new practical take home activity that contained some intrinsic value. Why not make a customised usb stick. The small cost of the usb stick would be outweighed by the utility of the outcome.
the insides of usb were measured up with vernier Callipers and drawn up to create a template for the naked USB Board to be retained inside. Naked Usb Template
In Illustrator, Corel Draw, Inkscape (or my case Affinity Design) this template can be combined with artwork to create a Usb Stick design that is cut out on the laser and then assembled into a sandwich of 2 or three layers around the naked usb board. 11 of these designs have been prepare for Participants to select, prepare in corel draw for cutting as a practical exercise in their laser induction.
- usb connector needs to not be obstructed
- its preferable that the usb stick obstruct the port next door
- its preferable to us offcuts for the laser materials
- its preferable to try a couple of different techniques in the session so that participants get to see a range of techniques and use cases for the Laser and broader FL resources
- its a requirement for the timely completion of the induction that the design require a minimum of cutting and especially etching time.
- its a requirement for the timely completion of the induction that artwork is straight forward to lay out
- There is no tome in the 2hour induction for participants to make their own original design but are welcome to book and use the laser in the future.