Thin material with 100W laser

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Patrick Shea
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Thin material with 100W laser

Post by Patrick Shea »

We have an HL10060 machine 100w - Ruida 6445, and LightBurn Software. Trying to cut/etch some paper and not blow trough with the etch. Is there a pulse feature we can turn on? I think if we try to turn the power down too much, the laser will not fire- Correct?

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Doug Fisher
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Re: Thin material with 100W laser

Post by Doug Fisher »

>> I think if we try to turn the power down too much, the laser will not fire- Correct?

Correct, CO2 glass tube lasers have a minimum power level for consistent operation. The exact amount will vary by tube, but many have a level in the +/- 10% range.

>>Is there a pulse feature we can turn on?

Are you thinking about something like dot mode that you can use in Line mode? If so, I don't know that this feature is available in Fill mode within LightBurn.
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Gene Uselman
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Re: Thin material with 100W laser

Post by Gene Uselman »

Etching paper may be dicey- use low power and high speed. Air assist is also going to take some experimentation.
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