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 Post subject: Re: Ben's Monster CNC Router / Laser Build
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:39 pm 
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The resolution looks excellent on the ballerinas. I love the wife appeasement tactics too nicely done mate.


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 Post subject: Re: Ben's Monster CNC Router / Laser Build
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:01 pm 
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Thanks Mike and Steve

The new Laser Tube arrived yesterday and it was quick easy swap.

The new tube was a little different to the old one, definitely came from a different manufacture and it came with the electrical connections pre-wired.
Which was good. All i had to do was add the High Tension connector plug to connect the main feed to the laser power supply.

One small issue i had was the the cooling inlet and outlet were for a slightly smaller diameter tube that what i have installed which means the water connections were a little looser than i would have liked.
I just added a zip-tie around these and pulled as tight as i could and there were no leaks so good enough for me.

One thing that i have noticed is that my cooling system really isn't adequate for a 40watt laser....
Even though the new tube seems to run cooler than the last tube there is still quite a lot of heat build up in the cooling water lines.
I haven't actually measured the water temp but its pretty hot to the touch and its not supposed to be.

So the choice was to add another smaller radiator with fan like i have on my Spindle such as this one

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or for just a small amount more go for this one

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Its from a Small Honda 80cc Dirt Bike. I chose this one as it is more than twice the size of the other one and will have a much larger water volume.
Plus it looks more cool!
I can always add a fan if needed.

Just need some more time to get the system dialed in.

Will be releasing some pictures of the new frames soon.

Cheers

Ben

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 Post subject: Re: Ben's Monster CNC Router / Laser Build
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stevec wrote:
The resolution looks excellent on the ballerinas. I love the wife appeasement tactics too nicely done mate.


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Yeah resolution is as good as the CNC machine will allow and the Kerf of the laser (when correctly focused) is approx 0.1mm so you can achieve some pretty fine detail.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben's Monster CNC Router / Laser Build
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Long overdue update???


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