Thanks for visiting my workshop!

Over time, I intend to write a series of articles on what I'm up to in my shop.  They may just be ramblings about my frustrations, to which some of you might relate, or I might be trying to pretend I actually know something that could be helpful to you.  Either way, I hope most of it, at least, will be enjoyable "library" reading.

 

Let the insanity begin!

 

-John

 

 

How to Install an Endurance Laser onto a Shapeoko

So, now that you have your laser, how on earth are you going to attach it to your Shapeoko?  Here's a step-by-step article, with lots of photos and material list, on how I made an easily detachable mount to go onto my XXL.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Cutting with a 10 Watt Endurance Laser

Now that you have your laser mounted and fired up, what can be more exciting than using it to cut something?  Anything!  But what if we've never had one before?  What can it cut, and what settings do we need?  In this article, I go into the testing I did, the settings I used, my observations, and some practical tips for cutting through five different kinds of common wood.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Photo Engraving with a 10 Watt Endurance Laser

If you're a long time laser engraving pro, you might want to pass this one by, but, for relative noobs like me, you might find a good starting point to get going with laser engraving on wood.  Here, I use two types of commonly available materials, Baltic Birch Plywood and solid Bass Wood, to engrave a photograph using various settings in LightBurn on my Endurance and JTech lasers.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

New Air Assist Nozzle, DIY or 3D Print

Air Assist is critical for efficient laser through-cutting, but the source of the air (compressor, aquarium pump, lungs) is only half the battle.  What will you put at the laser end of the hose?  There are many good choices available, and room for many more.

Here, I discuss my uneven through-cutting problem and the solution I crafted with materials on hand which eventually became the prototype for a 3D printed version as well.  I've included explanations with loads of pictures and instructions to help you to make or print your own!

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Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2019

Endurance Lasers Lens Pack Comparison

Do you have a powerful Endurance Laser, but can't get it to through-cut as well as you would like?  Do you wish it could cut a little faster, sharper, cleaner?  Well, maybe you need a different lens or two.

I recently got Endurance's Lens Pack, bringing my count to four lenses.  I was curious as to which was best at what, so I ran some tests and assembled the results here, complete with photos and explanations of my attempts.  I hope you will find it useful.

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Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2019

Air Assist Nozzle Modified for Shielding!

I added a flange to my Air Assist nozzle so we can attach some laser shielding to it.  I added some pictures and notes to the bottom of the original article.  Protect your vision!

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Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2019
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