A company discovered two Epilog Legend 32X 120 Watt laser cutters in a warehouse that still work. However, there was only one computer controller. The computer went with one of the lasers to parts unknown, and the second laser has found its way to me. I know a number of people have swapped out the controller for Ruidas. I was just wondering if there was a helpful guide somewhere? I’m pretty sure I can figure it out eventually but would appreciate anything that saves me time and money, haha.
At a FabLab I was not thrilled with the Epilog way of requiring a print driver and using PDFs and line widths to set power levels. So I used VisiCut and it runs on the 3 main OS’s out there( Linux, Mac, Windows ).
One way to evaluate the machine while you figure out if/when to do a controller swap.
Have you done an Epilog conversion? I thought they used strip encoders for position feedback and I’m guessing they picked lower power motors and might even be DC motors. The OP will have to post some pics of the machine unless you or others have done a conversion and know what hardware they have. It’s been about 10 years since I touched the Epilog at the FabLab but I thought the cleaning process also included cleaning the encoder strips…
I have not done a conversion before at all. I’ve worked with the new Epilogs and I don’t recall having to clean encoder strips… I found this one post that seems to be someone who went through exactly what I’m about to do. Sadly, though, there was no response and the topic closed.
I know lots of DIY and cheap Chinese machines(except K40) have discreet stepper motor drivers but it’s usually much less expensive to integrate the motor control onto the controller so I figured Epilog did that. But if the Epilog Legend does have external drivers yes, it shouldn’t be too much trouble given the right background skill set.
From the string of posts, it sounds like the OP has a machine and hasn’t yet figured out how to get it running. ie old machine with Epilog saying the drivers require Windows XP and the OP going to try drivers on newer version of Windows before then trying VisiCut.
Having personally used an old Epilog 30W, the workflow is clunky and I preferred VisiCut at the time and would also prefer LightBurn but I’ve never tried to reBrain an Epilog…
Thank you all for your comments! The machine is at a local Men’s Shed (like a community garage) and I’ve only seen it once. I’m going back this weekend and I will be sure to take photos and properly examine it. All the information I have so far is from the collective memory of the members of the Men’s Shed. The machine was donated months ago and has been sat in a corner of the workshop since.
I have learned a few things from your posts that I will try first before attempting brain surgery, haha.