So how many of these do I need before I can successfully use the engraver? I lost connection, again, when I attempted to increase the pull-off distance at the behest of the prompt. This seems to have cut off communication with the controller and I am unable to reverse it. The console section doesn’t give me any info beyond being unable to communicate.
A week into ownership and I have almost made it move in 2 directions…
At least a minor in electrical engineering with a dose of mechanical engineering will definitely help.
What you’re staring into is the legacy of using USB hardware far beyond its original specs, supported by an operating system never intended for machine control, with firmware running on laser hardware optimized for the lowest production cost at the expense of any other consideration.
It turns out LightBurn works just fine, but it’s sitting on top of a very unsteady ziggurat of just-barely-working stuff.
Going through this tuneup and tweaking will help weed out many of the initial problems:
It’s written for Sculpfun lasers, but you’ll recognize most of the pieces and, unfortunately, the electrical problems are common to all desktop diode lasers.
I am going to be brief because my PC is in a hurricane-safe zone. Make sure the correct COM port is selected. If that is not the issue, then you have a Windows USB issue to resolve. Bad driver, cable, connection, USB sleep mode, etc. The fact that you already got it to move is a plus. Search for USB error using the upper-right magnifying glass.
Yes, I know it is easier to ask a question and get a speedy answer, but you will be amazed at what you can discover in these postings. I confess, I tend to take the path of least resistance as well. As for the needed education, you are getting it now.
Thank you, that was informative. I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into. Now I know that I’m Lloyd Christmas.
Not sure what this means, but yeah, I had no idea either. Until I got Lightburn, Laser Life was very simple, and limited. However, the steeper the learning curve, the greater the joy when you succeed. That sounded like it came from a coaster…