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|tool_title        = Asylasaur
|tool_title        = Asylasaur
|tool_subtitle      = Large Format Laser Cutter
|tool_subtitle      = Large Format Laser Cutter
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|species            = Laser Cutters
|species            = Laser Cutters
|reservations      = {{Asylum Tool Reservation}}
|reservations      = {{Asylum Tool Reservation}}
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|owner              = [[User:DSuds|Derek Seabury]]
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|owner              = [[User:DSuds|Derek Seabury]]}}
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MATERIALS TO AVOID
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Astatine) will decompose into toxic/corrosive compounds/free radicals that are Bad for humans, the Asylasaur's optics and the outside environment. A laser is usually not the best tool for cutting these materials.
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Bonded Leather
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chemistries, often proprietary/secret, so we can't know their safety
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Gives off cyanide when cut; tend to melt rather than engrave well
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Tends to melt to sticky goo and may burn, rather than cutting clean edges
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Polystyrene is the #1 cause of laser-damaging fires (partly because many makerspaces permit it). Most foamcore is polystyrene covered in paper which may act as a candle wick. Even in a successful cut the plastic foam edges cup, rather than cutting squarely. Laser is usually not the best tool.
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| Fiberglass
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Glass fibers scatter IR instead of cutting; the binding resin gives off fumes
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epoxy or similar resins will give off toxic/corrosive fumes when vaporized
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Metals generally won't cut or etch, but a laser may burn paint/coatings off metals for a nice effect.
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MATERIALS KNOWN TO ETCHABLE
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{| style="border-spacing:0;"
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| style="border-top:0.0007in solid #000000;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| Thickness
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| style="border-top:0.0007in solid #000000;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| Rate
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| <nowiki><</nowiki> 0.25”
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Oily resinous woods should be watched for smoke/fire risk
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| <nowiki><</nowiki> 0.25”
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Cuts beautifully with clean edges
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"|
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"|
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Tape or sheet
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"|
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Thick sheets may curl/bubble. Gold-coated reflects beam
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Good for RC, architectural models, but must be monitored closely
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The Asylasaur is the Asylum's version of the Lasersaur Laser cutter. It has a 100W CO2 laser and a 1220x610mm (48x24") cutting bed. There is a $2.50/5 min usage fee billed in 5 minute increments. An invoice will be emailed to you. Email member-services@ with any questions.
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=Laser Appropriate Materials=
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Many materials are unable, unsafe or unpleasant to use in the laser cutter.
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"|
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Reference the [[Asylasaur Material List]] for a list of materials that laser-cut/etch well or poorly, plus suggested settings. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE LIST!
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| 100 %
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For a more general list of how to cut various materials with Asylum tools you can reference this page: [[Materials Cutting Chart]].
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| <nowiki>< 50%</nowiki>
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Hard to cut. Use high power and low speed
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=Asylasaur Operation Checklist=
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{{Cb}} Turn on Ventilation, Cooling and Air assist systems
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{{Cb}}  - Confirm you can feel the air pulled into the vent
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{{Cb}}  - The cross lasers will light up when air pressure is ready
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{{Cb}} Disengage eStop switch with clockwise twist
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{{Cb}} Load material in Laser
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{{Cb}} Set focal depth - adjust as needed using Focusing tool
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{{Cb}} Log in to Laser PC as user 'cutter' if needed
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{{Cb}} Open Firefox
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{{Cb}}  - Asylasaur control should be on the first tab
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{{Cb}}  - Use username "laser" password "laser" if prompted
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{{Cb}}  - Click "Open" button to load file
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{{Cb}}  - Confirm size is accurate!
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{{Cb}}  - Avoid hitting outside limits of bed
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{{Cb}}  - Hit house icon to move to home (0,0)
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{{Cb}}  - Click the "Reset Offset" button which appears after having clicked the "Offset" button.
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{{Cb}}  - Click the "Offset" button to select the new offset (0,0) by then clicking a preffered location on the laser bed area.  
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{{Cb}}  - Wait 2 seconds, click the "Move" button to the origin of the offset.
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{{Cb}}  - Click the "Open" button and select file.  
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{{Cb}}  - Set passes, speed, power and colors for your job using the buttons that appear on the right side of the screen.
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{{Cb}}  - Confirm placement with "Bounding Box" button (next to Run)
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{{Cb}} Put on safety goggles as appropriate
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{{Cb}} Send to Asylasaur by clicking the "Run" button
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{{Cb}} Watch for fire, errors, missing or misdirected laser, head crash
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{{Cb}} Record your usage via the web page [https://artisansasylum.com/report-tool-use/ https://artisansasylum.com/report-tool-use/]
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{{Cb}}  - Clear any offset by clicking the "Offset" button and then clicking the newly appeared "Reset Offset" button
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{{Cb}}  - Hit the House button to move lens home
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{{Cb}} Log off machine (Menu from top right corner of screen)
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{{Cb}} Allow ventilation (at least 3 min after plastics)
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{{Cb}} Hit eStop
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{{Cb}} Remove work, clean bed
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{{Cb}} Remove cut bed and vacuum if needed
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{{Cb}} Power down support systems
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'''Troubleshooting'''
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| Rubber (non-chlorine)
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Problem: Head does not respond to commands from the app.
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Uncoated carbon fiber only. Cut ends of mats may fray
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Solution: Remember to turn off the emergency stop.  
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"| Plastic mirrors
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Also try resetting the firmware: on the lasersaur app, at the top left, under Admin, click Reset Atmega (restarts firmware).
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"|
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"|
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:0.0007in solid #000000;padding:0.0382in;"| Cut face down so reflective surface is vaporized
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=Asylasaur Training=
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| style="border-top:none;border-bottom:0.0007in solid #000000;border-left:0.0007in solid #000000;border-right:none;padding:0.0382in;"|
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Asylasaur training is covered in the Asylum Laser Cutter Training class. Class attendance is required to offset the machine lease and testing expenses as well as ensuring everyone has been informed of all safety policies and the expectation that they contribute to the group knowledge base.
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[[File:Lasorz 2017.pdf]]
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=Asylasaur User Maintenance=
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Most maintenance tasks for the laser such as lens cleaning, belt adjustment, mirror alignment etc. will be handled by the testers and trainers, and documented [[Asylasaur Maintenance | here]]. There are other tasks that may come up that ambitious users can undertake however.
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==Correcting Crosshair Lasers ==
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* Place finger under one line laser to block it and adjust the other to go through the intersection evenly
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==Resetting Asylasaur==
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* Clear any offset
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* Choose 'Reset Atmega' from the Admin menu at the top of the interface
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* Click the house icon to re-home the system
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==Checking Y Gantry Alignment==
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* Home the machine
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* Open a ticket on the machine. If you are able to fix the problem (see below) just open a warning. Otherwise mark the machine as down.
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==Correcting Y Gantry Alignment==
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* Move the gantry to the back as noted in the Checking steps above.
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* On the side that is not making contact push the gantry back along the rail until it the belt jumps a gear and the gantry makes contact with the back stop. Try not to place any twisting force on the gantry and only push straight back along the side rail.
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* If gantry moves enough to feel the belt slip a tooth and you may hear a click. Both sides should now contact the back plates at the same time when the gantry is pushed.
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Use of the Asylasaur should be scheduled via the Asylum {{Asylum Tool Reservation}}.

Current revision as of 10:30, 9 August 2018

Tools Formerly at the Asylum.
Asylasaur
Large Format Laser Cutter

Picture of generic Lasersaur

General Info
MakeLasersaur
Model14.01
Serial007
Mfr. SpecsUnknown
ManualProject Lasersaur manual
Asylum Info
RubricN/A



The Asylasaur is the Asylum's version of the Lasersaur Laser cutter. It has a 100W CO2 laser and a 1220x610mm (48x24") cutting bed. There is a $2.50/5 min usage fee billed in 5 minute increments. An invoice will be emailed to you. Email member-services@ with any questions.

Contents

Laser Appropriate Materials

Many materials are unable, unsafe or unpleasant to use in the laser cutter. Reference the Asylasaur Material List for a list of materials that laser-cut/etch well or poorly, plus suggested settings. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE LIST! For a more general list of how to cut various materials with Asylum tools you can reference this page: Materials Cutting Chart.

Asylasaur Operation Checklist


☐ Turn on Ventilation, Cooling and Air assist systems
☐ - Confirm you can feel the air pulled into the vent
☐ - The cross lasers will light up when air pressure is ready
☐ Disengage eStop switch with clockwise twist
☐ Load material in Laser
☐ Set focal depth - adjust as needed using Focusing tool
☐ Log in to Laser PC as user 'cutter' if needed
☐ Open Firefox
☐ - Asylasaur control should be on the first tab
☐ - Use username "laser" password "laser" if prompted
☐ - Click "Open" button to load file
☐ - Confirm size is accurate!
☐ - Avoid hitting outside limits of bed
☐ - Hit house icon to move to home (0,0)
☐ - Click the "Reset Offset" button which appears after having clicked the "Offset" button.
☐ - Click the "Offset" button to select the new offset (0,0) by then clicking a preffered location on the laser bed area.
☐ - Wait 2 seconds, click the "Move" button to the origin of the offset.
☐ - Click the "Open" button and select file.
☐ - Set passes, speed, power and colors for your job using the buttons that appear on the right side of the screen.
☐ - Confirm placement with "Bounding Box" button (next to Run)
☐ Put on safety goggles as appropriate
☐ Send to Asylasaur by clicking the "Run" button
☐ Watch for fire, errors, missing or misdirected laser, head crash
☐ Record your usage via the web page https://artisansasylum.com/report-tool-use/
☐ - Clear any offset by clicking the "Offset" button and then clicking the newly appeared "Reset Offset" button
☐ - Hit the House button to move lens home
☐ Log off machine (Menu from top right corner of screen)
☐ Allow ventilation (at least 3 min after plastics)
☐ Hit eStop
☐ Remove work, clean bed
☐ Remove cut bed and vacuum if needed
☐ Power down support systems

Troubleshooting

Problem: Head does not respond to commands from the app.

Solution: Remember to turn off the emergency stop. Also try resetting the firmware: on the lasersaur app, at the top left, under Admin, click Reset Atmega (restarts firmware).

Asylasaur Training

Asylasaur training is covered in the Asylum Laser Cutter Training class. Class attendance is required to offset the machine lease and testing expenses as well as ensuring everyone has been informed of all safety policies and the expectation that they contribute to the group knowledge base.

File:Lasorz 2017.pdf

Asylasaur User Maintenance

Most maintenance tasks for the laser such as lens cleaning, belt adjustment, mirror alignment etc. will be handled by the testers and trainers, and documented here. There are other tasks that may come up that ambitious users can undertake however.

Correcting Crosshair Lasers

  • Etch a horizontal and vertical line crossing on a piece of paper
  • Move the laser to the crossing point
  • Place finger under one line laser to block it and adjust the other to go through the intersection evenly
  • Repeat for other line

Resetting Asylasaur

After jobs are interrupted or other unusual events the laser may be in an odd state where the laser may not fire or air assist may not turn off or on. If the web page is still responsive you can reset the system with the following steps

  • Clear any offset
  • Choose 'Reset Atmega' from the Admin menu at the top of the interface
  • Click the house icon to re-home the system

Checking Y Gantry Alignment

If you believe the belt on one side or the other has skipped, you can perform the following test/fix steps.

  • Home the machine
  • Hit the emergency stop button and wait 15 seconds
  • Push the gantry to the back of the machine. It should make contact with metal stops on both sides.
  • If one side is not touching the gantry is out of alignment
  • Open a ticket on the machine. If you are able to fix the problem (see below) just open a warning. Otherwise mark the machine as down.

Correcting Y Gantry Alignment

  • Move the gantry to the back as noted in the Checking steps above.
  • On the side that is not making contact push the gantry back along the rail until it the belt jumps a gear and the gantry makes contact with the back stop. Try not to place any twisting force on the gantry and only push straight back along the side rail.
  • If gantry moves enough to feel the belt slip a tooth and you may hear a click. Both sides should now contact the back plates at the same time when the gantry is pushed.
  • Disable the eStop and home the machine.
  • Perform a sample test cut piece of paper near the left side of the bed to check the laser.
  • Repeat the test on the right side to compare the results. Check the mirror mount for heating.

Asylasaur Reservations

Use of the Asylasaur should be scheduled via the Asylum reservation system [help].

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