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Generation 7 (not the series)

Last week my pair of Generation 7 ver 1.4 PCBs for my RepStrap project arrived from Germany. They are isolation milled by Markus ‘traumflug’ Hitter on a wooden WolfStrap (or similar) using a “cheap V-bit for some 2  Euros” that … Continue reading

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LaOS controller, Ahoy!

The Laos kit arrived in good order from The Netherlands. It took about 2 hours to assemble the bulk of the components. I still need to decide on what I want to do with the connectors, use ones that fit … Continue reading

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Laser Power Supply

All 4 of my PSU boards have the laser output as well as the 5 and 24 V controller supply.  It looks like a pretty standard switch-mode setup with a 220V mains input stage.  The model number is JK-KZJ3 and … Continue reading

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Laser controllers

The software is made for a MoshiLaser controller board but my board looks like nothing they have advertised on their web site or that I have seen pictured on the web.  It has 4 H-Bridge ICs (PBL3717A) to drive the … Continue reading

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Moshi Draw

After some hunting the missing software dongle for my Chinese lasers was found.  There was just the one but the same software is supposed to run on both.  The controller cards are very different, one is an old Centronics parallel … Continue reading

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First light

I received my pre-owned CO2 laser engravers yesterday.  A pair with mixed prospects.  These are typical of the cheaper Chinese units with no interlocks, external water pumps without flow sensors and a cryptic controller board. The smaller one with a … Continue reading

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Working from Home

The new cottage industry IT has been said (and will be said many more times) that the 3D printing industry will revolutionise the means of production.  This is perhaps a bit misdirected because 3D printing as compared to regular manufacturing  … Continue reading

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The new Steam engine

Here is a quote by Jim Pinto Nobody could have predicted the impact of the printing press in 1450, the steam engine in 1750, or the transistor in 1950. It’s impossible to forecast the long-term impact of 3D printing. But … Continue reading

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An idle pulley

Well, not even an idler pulley, but an idle moment to reflect on some of the new jargon that 3D printing will add to our language. An anagram for RepRap is “rapper“, perhaps they can be used to print out … Continue reading

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The purpose of a Wiki

A Wiki can be many things, one of the more famous is Wikipedia, the free to use, free to edit (within guidelines) and free to reuse Encyclopedia.  My reason for installing MediaWiki software was to make use of the knowledge … Continue reading

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