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Laser Cutter

Location

  • On top of a built-in desk, under the middle window, in the upper floor room.

Hazards

  • Fumes from lased materials. The kit should be well ventilated when in use.
  • High intensity laser light. The laser should not be viewed with the naked eye when in operation.
  • Heat. The kit will release heat when in use and should be cooled and monitored.
Notes
  • The hardware is a KH-3020 'Laser Engraving Machine'.
  • Dimensions: Width 810mm x depth 510mm x height 260mm (at highest)
  • The note 'Vinyl: 80mm/s 50%' is written on the machine's body
  • It is currently water-cooled via water piped though an ice bath.
  • The cut size is approx A4.
  • Ventilation is achieved via a fan and a length of approx 3m of large tubing that exits the machine rear
  • A new cooling solution is in development, together with a provision for better ventilation.

Current progress

It was proposed that the cutter is moved to under the left-side window, near to entrance to the floor toilet since entilation and cooling is a better fit here

<gallery> File:Cutter proprosed.jpg|Wireframe shown includes rear fanblock File:Laser cutter installed.jpg|Test-fitted on wooded shelving File:Laser cutter rear.jpg|Position of vents relative to window (that now opens unimpeded) </gallery>

Current State

The cutter is currently inoperative but has been moved to the window location where a shelf has been installed. Nordin is currently measuring up a panel that will house the external-facing fans/vents under the window pane and will email progress to the maillist.

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projects/laser_cutter.txt · Last modified: 2020/04/18 22:17 by hibby