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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    Robert - The problems that I'm having with the machine now are far beyond a simple entry adjustment for the y axis. If you see my video that I posted you will see exactly what I'm talking about. Thank you so much for the information you sent it will be applied 2 most likely the next machine I receive. Below is the beginning of the headache and games these guys are going to start playing. Why they don't have a good English speaker is beyond me. The YouTube video can be seen by anyone. they are somehow saying they can't see it when their agents in California saw it with no problems. Maybe it's the commie network over there censored. What a nightmare.


    Hello friend,

    Good day to you!
    Trouble recording a boot video, you can record the video I do not see the X axis or Y axis has a problem.
    Wait for your reply.

    all best



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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    Kris:

    Sorry, I don't see a link to a video. Is it in this thread?

    So you are returning our current machine and getting another one?

    -robertk925



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    Quote Originally Posted by robertk925 View Post
    Kris:

    Sorry, I don't see a link to a video. Is it in this thread?

    So you are returning our current machine and getting another one?

    -robertk925
    It was within another thread. https://youtu.be/EcNTSB8g5Cc



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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    Ok, let's start again from scratch if you don't mind:
    If you move the axis in the middle position and start the machine - do the move? If they do please shut down before jamming into the final positions.
    If you have the axis in the middle and perform a homing - do they move in the right direction? If not turn the connector for the affected stepper by 180°.
    If you manuall move the axis through the controller or software, do they move in the right direction? If no see above.

    Some controllers allow for the specific location of endstops, hardware and software wise that is - if yours does too please double check it is configured correctly.
    Did you check that the endstops are actually working? Asking because if the wiring is faulty or the switch itself then the machine would assume the endstop is triggered and only allow movement away from the home position.



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    I am guessing that your stepper direction settings are reversed.

    As Downunder35m says, follow these steps (with one important change, do step #3 instead of reversing the stepper connectors):

    1. Manually move the laser head to the center of the bed.
    2. Keeping your hand on the power switch, turn on the machine and see which way the head starts moving (the machine always tries to find 0,0 home when first turned on). It should move towards the left-rear. If it doesn't then quickly turn off the machine.
    3. Using RDWorks, go to "File/Vendor Settings". (The default password should be "RD8888".) For "Dir Polarity" and "Limiter Polarity" switch the setting (e.g. if it is currently "Positive" then switch it to "Negative) for either/both X and Y.
    4. Keeping your hand on the power switch, turn on your machine again. It should now try to home to the left-rear, which is where the home switches are located. If it does so but still gives you the jack-hammering, turn off the machine and check all of the wiring to the home switches.

    -robertk925



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    Quote Originally Posted by robertk925 View Post
    I am guessing that your stepper direction settings are reversed.

    As Downunder35m says, follow these steps (with one important change, do step #3 instead of reversing the stepper connectors):

    1. Manually move the laser head to the center of the bed.
    2. Keeping your hand on the power switch, turn on the machine and see which way the head starts moving (the machine always tries to find 0,0 home when first turned on). It should move towards the left-rear. If it doesn't then quickly turn off the machine.
    3. Using RDWorks, go to "File/Vendor Settings". (The default password should be "RD8888".) For "Dir Polarity" and "Limiter Polarity" switch the setting (e.g. if it is currently "Positive" then switch it to "Negative) for either/both X and Y.
    4. Keeping your hand on the power switch, turn on your machine again. It should now try to home to the left-rear, which is where the home switches are located. If it does so but still gives you the jack-hammering, turn off the machine and check all of the wiring to the home switches.

    -robertk925
    Thank you both for the information. I will attempt to manually (prior to switch it on) move the head to the center and adjust those settings. I can't figure out why it would work the first few times like a champ, then slowly degrade after that. It seems after I attempted to use the rotary table nothing worked properly after that consistently. Then it was a process of trial and error with multiple setting changes. I couldn't rely on a file I used prior to work on expensive material on the first try. I would do several practice pieces and then get all happy it finally worked around 2330 and then start a production run of logos.

    I wrote down all the settings and parameters, and already did the "Positive to Negative" change - up and there was no joy in that either. There is such a thing as a lemon machine, but I feel this is more software related. If I could get some movement out of the company that sold it, like a download for the motherboard, or possibly some replacement parts, this would be just one more workaround I've had to deal with lately. I've sent the files to these Yoohoos three times, wmv, mp4 and a YouTube link, and they can't view it....whatever. I reduced the size to a reasonable 15MB file, and gave them the link, with a caveat, view it, or find someone who can view it. I don't have time to play translation games. If you're running a business, specifically an international business, get an English speaker on board, for customer service and manual writing. The first thing they said when I called after 'Herrow' was to send me out another copy of RD works...lol. I read somewhere here they use stall tactics like this, with the thought process a business would just forget about the problem, and go away, in fact this only makes it worse for everyone.

    I really needed this to work, and because I really needed this to work, well, see above. Seems like since I left military service after decades in uniform, if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. So, the wife has me laying pavers for a damn patio out back and the laser thing gets put on hold till I get and email from Chinese Charley. Attached is some pictures. My back is hurting just thinking about it. - Kris




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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    You have to write your changes to the machine



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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    Fixtureman1 - I understand that and tried. Thank you for the tip.

    UPDATE: We have engaged in a comical week long back and forth. The vendor who sold it to me, the manufacture in China, and I, just exchanging my video clips, and receiving horrible instructions in Chinglish. I have 'threatened' to go through the whole eBay resolution route if this continues. They assure me we can resolve this. Tuesday is my deadline with them and then I'll get my money back and look for another company to buy from. It's beyond a simple software fix, as the head has now slammed into the housing several times during some testing with start up reset software they sent me. My head is certainly damaged, probably fixable, but why, with a unit less than 4 weeks old that never quite worked properly out of the box. I am asking for a new one, and even willing to pay the difference for the red 60W unit (60W USB CO2 Laser Engraving Cutting Carving Machine ENGRAVER Cutter 1000mm S | eBay), with the honeycomb flooring, upgraded ventilation system and supposedly the red dot positioning light integrated within the head and not off to the side. It's Memorial Day weekend so everything is at a standstill till Tuesday, maybe Monday for the Chinaman.

    I'll just pay my respect to my fallen brothers and worry about business lasers, later. I hope everyone here is having a wonderful weekend and void of the problems I've encountered with my lemon. I will certainly let you know what's going on. If anyone would like the RD reset software, I have it and can post it. If your machine was as bad as mine became, a simple change up within RD Works will not work.

    Thanks again for all who gave me advise and tips.

    - Kris
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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    Try again. If this double posts ill just delete I guess.

    So 6 months ago I bought a 50w chinese laser which laster 3 months then stopped cutting. IE no marks on the mdf/perspex but the drive etc was working. The cpu had an error 14 flashing and after some research found the PSU was the fault. Ordered new one from ebay and replaced it and it ran for about a month then stopped working again. Whilst I was arguing with the supplier I bought a second cutter and after 3 months the same thing has happened. Erro 14 flashing. Now what I would like to know is is this normal, I am trying to set up a business but i cant afford to replace the machine every 3 month. I live in Australia so the only othe ralternative is a 20k toltec and I cant afford this.

    So if anyone has any help I would appreciate it other wise I guess I fold the business and keep my 9 - 5.

    Cheers



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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    angrierre, despite this machine have a lot of issues, this is not normal at all. I guess you're referring to the Laser power supply. I see 2 possibilities:
    1. You are very unlucky and received 2 broken machines and a broken spare
    2. The problem is some other part (a short-circuit, no grounding or something like that) that burns out the PSU.



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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by angrierre View Post
    Try again. If this double posts ill just delete I guess.

    So 6 months ago I bought a 50w chinese laser which laster 3 months then stopped cutting. IE no marks on the mdf/perspex but the drive etc was working. The cpu had an error 14 flashing and after some research found the PSU was the fault. Ordered new one from ebay and replaced it and it ran for about a month then stopped working again. Whilst I was arguing with the supplier I bought a second cutter and after 3 months the same thing has happened. Erro 14 flashing. Now what I would like to know is is this normal, I am trying to set up a business but i cant afford to replace the machine every 3 month. I live in Australia so the only othe ralternative is a 20k toltec and I cant afford this.

    So if anyone has any help I would appreciate it other wise I guess I fold the business and keep my 9 - 5.

    Cheers
    LED 14 is always blinking on mine. I do believe the slow ~1.5 second blinking is the normal running state on the RDC644 controller.

    My first PSU failed after about 3 hours. After some arguing I got a replacement and then repaired the original so I have a spare. In my case it was the switch mode controller that dropped it guts out the bottom of the package.
    Symptoms of that failure was the laser PSU was totally dead. No fan, no power LED, no laser

    What is your laser PSU doing in the failed state?
    Can you share with us what model Laser power supply you have?
    Have you got an ammeter installed?

    I have not put that many hours (maybe about 40) on my machine in the two years I have had it. As they come they are hobby grade, hence the hobby price. I'm sure with a better laser tube, power supply and a few tweaks like an ammeter they might do ok but I personally would not use this machine to run a business unless I had a garage full of them and some spares.

    I guess at two you have made a start



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    Default Re: Chinese laser 50W, 50x30cm - bad/good stuff, mods, problems etc.

    Double post will put relavent data in here.

    But the cutter works as normal except the lasr does not cut.I have air pump water pump and full movement just no cut. I found the fuse had blown but havent had a chance to replace that to see if thats the only prob will let you know when I replace it.

    Cheers



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