So I just purchased a fiber laser from Omtech and it came with settings that are important. I figured I'd make a post here with pictures of all the settings incase I (or you if you have the same one) ever need to refrence them again. These are from the factory for use in EZCad 2. Here they are:
I'm also going to upload the very newest and latest version of ezcad 2.14.11 for download (right click, save as (you'll need 7zip to unzip the file). I am finding that ez cad runs better when you choose compatibility mode for windows xp service pack 3 on windows 10.
Finally, a great resource for settings for fiber lasers is fiberlasersettings.org. They have most of the settings predetermined for you and will give a great starting point for material engraving.
I'll be doing videos and tutorials as I learn so stop by my YouTube and this blog often to see more fiber laser content! I'll be updating this post with more info in the future.
Upfront Disclosure. Onefinity AND Shapeoko sent me their machines, FOR FREE. Shapeoko asked that I show of their machine when I used it, Onefinity asked that I beta test the machine and help improve the machine and push it's limits for them.
If you’re looking at CNC – computer numerical control machine – you’ve probably come across the Onefinity and the Shapeoko CNC machines.
If you've been following me on social medias, you've seen me use both machines. Both CNC machines work in a very similar way, but will create 2, 2.5, and 3D cutouts of the same materials. They are both designed to be affordable desktop models to be used by hobbyists, home business, and small business alike. They're also priced around $2,000 us making them a solid choice as a first CNC machine.
The question is – which one should you buy? I get asked this daily, so I figured I'd write up a post about the differences between the two and which one I've decided to keep in my personal shop. Click the "read more" below to read the full article.
Do you have a OMTech (formally Orion Motors) laser and are using Lightburn with it? This is a premade library of cutting speeds and power for various woods, plastics, and other materials. These are my personal settings I use on my 60w machine.
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How could you forget? It's been one of the single greatest purchases in my shop to date. A year later, and I still think it's worth every penny spent.
Now that purchase is even better. Orion Motor Tech (the Chinese company that makes it) now has a US presence and an impressive website. They are now called OMTECH.
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If you're like me and you use your vacuum for more than one tool in the wood shop, there are clips that can be used instead of zip ties. There are different sized clips for different sized hoses. I use the FEIN turbo 1 (a great vac I highly recompensed ). The clips also eliminate the need for zip ties as they cover the slot the holds the power cord for the spindle. It's a great option for those who want a quick on and off solution.
Just like when I used the Shapeoko, the Onefinity CNC supports touch probes. Onefinity sells their own branded 3 axis touch probe that will zero x, y, and z. Of course, where do you store it? Rowdy Roman came up with a touch probe holder that's uniquly different from anything else i've seen out there. It includes a hidden magnet in the base to hold the magnetic clip that attaches to the router collet. It's a simple and elegant solution which means I no longer have to fumble around with getting the cable just right in the holder. It has two screw holes or you can just attach it with the best tape in the world, 3m VHB. This is a must have if you invest in the Onefinity Probe.
Purchase it here:
If you're a woodworker, you're going to love this episode! We talk with Morgan Hop (shortened because we can't spell or pronounce his full last name). Morgan is the content director for Microjig, a world leader in woodworking tools. He creates all the content, from packaging, social media, instructional and product videos, and YouTube content. If you've seen anything Microjig, then you've probably seen Morgan. From his humble beginnings as a model to his transition to a one man videography crew, we learn a little behind the scenes of what it takes to create content from a company perspective.
This is our first episode with the 4th guest via Zoom. Unfortunately, Covid affects us all. Be safe friends!
You can find Morgan on Instagram here : https://www.instagram.com/morganhop/
Check out Microjig here : https://www.microjig.com/
In this post, i'll be referring to the Onefinity CNC, as this is the current CNC I have, but this will be helpful for most every CNC on the market.
First things first, you need a router. The Onefinity doesn't ship with one, so it's the very first item you'll need to buy. The only current spindle mount is a 65mm, so you're limited to just a few routers/spindles. The very best option for this is the Makita trim router, model RT0701C. The Makita has a great range of RPMs, which gives you more control while cutting. Other options included the Harbor Freight Bauer trim router, MLCS Rocky 30 router, or you can get very adventurous and purchase a spindle.
A wasteboard is only good if you can get your material to attach to it. There are a few ways to do this. I usually use 3 different methods.
1: A brad nail strait through the material into the wasteboard. This is minimally destructive to the piece and the board, but when you're just cutting out shapes its fast and very effective. I use a Ryobi battery powered nailer like this:
2: CA glue and blue tape. CA glue is super strong that can dry in a few seconds. First, place blue painters tape on the back of your material your going to cut. Then place tape onto your wasteboard, sticky side down. Next, squirt a few drops along the tape. Then push you material, tape side down, onto the blue tape and glue on the wasteboard. You're essentially creating a 'glue sandwich' with the tape and glue. Once finished, just pull up the piece and remove the tape. Perfect for when you want to engrave an already finished piece and brad nails will damage it.
5: CAD (Design Software).
6: A Computer
7: USB Stick
One feature that Onefinity has is the ability to run gcode from a usb stick plugged into its controller. This is especially nice because you can save many files onto on usb stick and run them over and over. It's a great way to store files. Any usb stick should work, but I use the Sandisk Ultra 3.0 16gb. It will take me a very long time to fill that up with gcode files. Click the picture on the left to purchase.
8: Joystick (Another Form Of Jogging)
Another option is to get a network enable webcam like a wyze cam. I have one of these in my shop to remotely view what's going on. I've mounted one of these about my Shapeoko 3 to remotely view the cut also. Check them out on amazon. They are cheep and very effective.
11: PPE (Safety Equipment)
Safety first! If you've made it this far, you'll already know ear protection is really important. There are 3 different ones I use in my shop. Apple Airpods Pro, ISO Tunes Free, and 3M Worktunes. They're each a bit different and its just personal preference which you'd like. ISO Tunes Free are usually the go to in my shop.
Another item that you should have in the shop is a fire extinguisher. Bits create friction and its higly possible to have a mishap that could create smoke or fire. ALWAYS have a fire extinguisher on hand!
12: Touch probe
This is a super in depth tutorial on how to set up a rotary on a co2 chinese laser. Then I walk you through how to set up Lightburn software step by step.
More to be coming soon on this post!
In the meantime, check out Lightburn. It is the best software for Lasers and has a 30 day free trial.