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Lasers of low power can be used as measuring tools in a 3D printer environment, but higher powered ones can be used to engrave materials if mounted as a 3D Printer's tool.

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Linux software for laser engraver

I am searching for a Linux software to control the 3000 mW laser engraver depicted below. It's a common model you'd find on AliExpress, Banggood, etc. under different brand names. I have already ...
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Convert 3D printer to laser engraver

Can you convert a 3D printer to a laser engraver? If so is there a specific thing I have to buy?
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laser is engraving the negative space

I am using LightBurn to laser engrave on wood. I am just trying to print some letters. In the softwares preview the output looks correct. The black part is where the laser should burn and the red ...
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Laser cutting on RepRap

I have seen some lasers attached to the RepRap platform for cutting but most seem to be cutting paper, balsa wood, or merely etching. If I were wanting to build a platform for cutting wood, similar ...
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Add a laser module to Reprap Guru Prusa i3

I have a Reprap Guru Prusa i3 v2 3D printer. Here is a link to the 192 MB manual. And here is the link to the resources page for the Reprap Guru. Page 58 of the manual discusses electronics. I ...
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Running laser on my printer

I am trying to control a laser with the fan (D9) and ran into problems. So I tried P44, no good then P6 also not good.\ What my problem is I am trying to "burn" a group of vertical lines spaced about ...
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Laser Engraver with Smoothie, RAMPS 1.4 or AWC708C?

I have an old laser engraver that runs from Windows 98SE and DOS-6. Yup, still works fine but a pain as I regularly have to open it up and unplug and re-seat all the ribbon connectors. Fifteen of them ...
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Laser LA03-5000 wiring to RAMPS 1.4

I'm totally lost. I have been searching about two days how to correctly wire Blue Laser LA03-5000 to RAMPS 1.4 board. This laser has 12 V input and separates PWM/TTL wires. I have found out how ...
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Laser engraver on Ender 3 without taking important ports

I'm contemplating buying a laser engraver attachment for my Ender 3 Pro. Either the Creality official one or the Comgrow version. When scanning the respective web pages/answers on here and YouTube ...
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Laser engraving software for Boxzy 3D printer

I have a laser-engraving "head" for one of my 3D printers (a Boxzy, so it's designed for it, not just strapping a random laser onto something), and I'd like to try using it to, well, engrave something....
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Display locks when executing G-code for laser cutting using Marlin on RAMPS board

I'm working on a Laser cutter. I’m using the RAMPS 1.4 and Marlin software. To make the Marlin software work with a laser I’m inspired by this blog from dreammakercnc: Marlin Firmware modification for ...
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Is it possible to attach a laser engraver to a SLA / resin 3D printer?

While trying to figure out if I should start 3D printing with FDM (Creality Ender 3) or with SLA (Elegoo Mars), I got hooked on the bonus feature of attaching a laser upgrade on the 3d printer to make ...
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GRBL with low feed rate not working

I have a cheap 3000 mW laser cutter that I'm trying to cut 3 mm black acrylic. I'm lowering the feed rate to try to get it to cut in one pass. I have the G-code for a small circle (16 mm) but it seems ...
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GRBL: inaccurate on X axis by ~4 mm on 400 mm

This is GRBL-related. I have a laser-engraver type machine, Chinese, ~550 mm X axis, aluminium extrusions, 2mm-pitch T belt, Nema 17H3430 motors, one mechanical homing switch for X, Arduino-based. ...
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Comgrow Mini Laser Engraver - Adding laser to Windows laser control software

I recently bought a Mini Desktop Laser Engraver by Comgrow. So far, the limited functionality of their iOS app has been fine for little trinkets for testing. Pretty good product for the cheap price. ...
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Why is a mold required in isostatic pressing after performing Sintering

After an a object is formed through direct laser sintering, as a post-processing procedure the object is sent for hot-isostatic pressing, In hot isostatic pressing the sintered object is placed in a ...
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Intersecting lasers resin 3D printer that was produced in the the late 90s or early 2000s

A long time ago I was watching a PBS or Discovery channel documentary and they were 3D printing models of cars or car parts using a resin 3D printer. The printer worked differently than what you see ...
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Grayscale laser engraving with Ramp1.4

I have a Reprap Guru Prusa i3 v2 3D printer. To this I added a 5.5 W laser that I purchased online. The board of my 3D printer is an Arduino Mega 2560 board with Ramp 1.4. I have connected my laser ...
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How to build a cheap (but safe) laser engraver with spare parts [closed]

I would love to start a small engraving business without having to purchase expensive hardware. Using scrap parts at home, or parts from broken CD players, are there any ways to make a laser ...
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