This is my first post so I suspect it will take some time to get approved however when it does I would really love some opinions and help.
The laser came with an Anywells 608 controller, a broken bed, air assist, no lights, an aquarium pump for cooling a new actual 40-watt laser tube, the old 35-watt laser tube and no fan.
My brother in law is an engineer and so far he has:
Upgraded the air assist
Upgraded the wiring systems so that they are future proof (he added boxes and wires that are better because)
He also added a drag chain (drive chain) I printed to stop the air assist and laser cable from getting caught up.
After he was done I added a laser pointer and added a camera (which I have mounted to the bottom of the door because I cannot find a better solution which means I cannot see inside when cutting).
I also purchased a better bed, decided it still isn’t easily adjustable so I have purchased an adjustable bed that uses a large key and a 2GT belt and wheels to move the whole bed at once.
I also bought a CW3000 chiller so I can cut continuously as I want to start a business making and selling things.
To date I have cut some boxes to hold the cards for Star Wars Imperial Assault, I have cut some player dashboards for the same. I also engraved some black slate tiles (which is why I want an easy solution to raising and lowering the bed) and I cut a couple of phone holders.
I was happy until yesterday when I tried to do an engrave/cut of 3mm birch plywood for my first paying customer.
I used Lightburn to send the file to the AWC608 and the engraving began, I was using 4 different colours, an engraving, a deeper engraving, an internal cut and an external cut.
The first part of the engraving was going fine until it got to the 4th of the 6 separate designs. There was a grinding noise but also a grating sound and the head jumped and carried on engraving but obviously had lost its place so was engraving in the wrong place.
It had happened before but I assumed it was because I was trying to engrave in too large an area.
From what I have read I may have to do something to my belt, either loosen it or tighten it.
So how do I do that and how do I know if I should loosen it or tighten it?
Also, I have some further upgrade questions, should I upgrade the motors, I have read people saying that brushless motors are better.
Should I upgrade the mirrors & what are the benefits?
Is there anything else I should do to the machine to make it better?
Thank you for looking and for any help/guidance you can give.