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    Default Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    Has anyone attached a laser engraver to their CNCRP machine? I have several projects in mind where it would be great if I could carve a wooden part with my CNCRP machine and then laser engrave it right on the machine bed. Not sure where to start and hope that someone has already done it.

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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    I had started modeling some laser parts to do just that. I bought a laserhead and mirror from ebay. Dust covers will have to be in made to cover optics during routing.

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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    I just want to engrave wood so a small laser mounted next to the spindle will work fine. Here is a company that sells exactly what I think I need: J Tech Photonics, Inc.. They have nearly turnkey solutions for more than 20 routers including ShopBot and Axiom. I have the CNCRP NEMA 23 controller so I need to find an output (and ground) to connect to the Laser controller to turn the laser on and off. I will also need to make a Vectric Post Processor that knows about that output and I think I'll be good to go.

    note to CNCRP support: interested? (the company makes specific reference to working with Shop Bot. Probably to others as well.) here are two videos of a turnkey solution for an Axiom router (from Axiom's site!): https://www.axiomprecision.com/acces...laser-kit.html

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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    I've done it. It's pretty straight forward. I can answer specific questions and Jay at JTech is a wizard. Great guy.
    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    J Tech already has post processors.
    https://jtechphotonics.com/?p=3851

    They had a machine setup at the Vectric User Group last fall. It's a pretty simple setup, and worked well. There was always a large crowd gathered around it.

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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaetamer View Post
    I've done it. It's pretty straight forward....
    Scott
    Do you have the CNCRP NEMA 23 control box? If so, what output did you use?



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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    Quote Originally Posted by DonFrambach View Post
    Do you have the CNCRP NEMA 23 control box? If so, what output did you use?
    I have a Smooth Stepper so at Jay's suggestion I added a breakout board - https://www.amazon.com/Electronics-S...breakout+board and ribbon cable - https://www.amazon.com/Uxcell-Ribbon...AW865B919AS8YM. The ribbon cable is attached to Port 3 of the ESS, the laser driver input is attached to pin 1 and ground (pin 18) on the bob. The rest of the setup is on the JTech website under Upgrade Instructions - Mach3 Laser Upgrade. Just make sure your output signal is the same port and pin the ribbon cable is attached to.

    Hope this helps. S



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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    Here is a thread about the subject.
    http://www.cnczone.com/forums/cnc-ro...ech-laser.html



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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    Quote Originally Posted by DonFrambach View Post
    Has anyone attached a laser engraver to their CNCRP machine? I have several projects in mind where it would be great if I could carve a wooden part with my CNCRP machine and then laser engrave it right on the machine bed. Not sure where to start and hope that someone has already done it.
    I purchased the Jtech laser for my Pro 4824 but haven't set it up yet. There are a few pages around were people have gotten it to work with Mach3 and the Pro machines.



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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    I added a 2.5W laser to my DIY machine. I purchased the laser off of eBay. Its power level is controlled by a port off of an Arduino Uno. Here's a shot of the laser in action.



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    Default Re: Laser engraver attachment for CNC Router Parts Router?

    Just added a 10W laser to my 4896 Pro CNCRP machine.
    I got the laser from EnduranceLasers.com. George is great guy and helped out a lot. I have a video of the main setup here and I'm uploading another with the Mach3 Setup so far.


    Mike



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