Think about the disappointment of designing a project with your laser engraver, only to find it can't do what you want. A few minutes of maintenance can save you from costly, time-consuming and frustrating repairs.
The benefits of maintaining a laser engraver
A. last longer
The more you know about how to maintain your laser engraver, the longer your life will be. This is because you can prevent problems with parts and performance by keeping your laser engraving machine in top condition. Parts don't wear out and become less effective. You will get the most out of your machine.
B. save money
Because your laser engraving machine is an investment, if your current laser engraving machine breaks down, it is not cost-effective to just buy a new one. Even replacing parts can affect your budget. Spending money on materials for a laser cutter project is much more fun than constantly swapping out new parts.
C. perform better
Laser cutters have many uses, from education to hobbies to functional design work. Whatever the intended purpose, you want your laser engraver machine to work efficiently and accurately so you can create interesting and useful items. Laser machine maintenance can help ensure your equipment can make exactly what you want without defects and frustration.
General laser engraving machine maintenance
Maintaining your laser machine is neither difficult nor time-consuming. Most maintenance depends on how often you use the tool. Remember, it's important to stay in good shape!
The general advice on maintenance is to always be there when using a laser engraver, so that you will notice any problems immediately and can perform necessary maintenance immediately before it becomes a problem. Also, whenever you remove parts for maintenance, you should perform a general inspection of the exposed parts of the laser engraving machine.
The most common maintenance tasks are cleaning laser cutter lenses and mirrors. You should do this every day (or after about eight hours of use). A lot of dust and debris from cutting can deposit on this part, and without proper cleaning, you could risk the laser cutter not working properly or permanent damage to the lens and mirror.
Some laser engravers have filters, charcoal, and dust collectors. After a week of use, you will need to replace any pre-filters and clean the laser engraver's dust collector. You'll know it's time for maintenance when you see smoke coming from the laser cabin, notice flames or sparks during cutting, smell more than usual, or see a dirty filter. If your laser cutter has charcoal to help deal with the fumes from the cutting process, especially plastic, then you will need to replace the charcoal every six to twelve months. The last point of laser engraver maintenance is to replace the HEPA filter. You should do it once a year. This is the most expensive maintenance, but performing all other tasks regularly helps maximize the life of the HEPA filter so you don't have to replace it as often.
There is also dedicated CO2 laser engraving machine maintenance. You'll want to keep an eye on the levels of carbon dioxide, helium, and nitrogen, and change the bottle if they're too low. Also, make sure the water in the cooling system contains the proper proportions of chemicals. Check and clean all parts when performing required maintenance.
Laser machines have many features that make them easy to use. It is capable of cutting a variety of materials, including paper, wood, acrylic, leather, cloth, PET, rubber, fiberglass, plastic, and more. Its versatility makes it easier to complete any project you can imagine.
The laser box can also cut patterns that are hand-painted on the material. AI vision algorithms automatically identify the laser cutting path and program it without complex programming.
Other features of the laser engraving machine include autofocus so you don't need to manually adjust the laser head. You can also preview your design and check the progress of the laser engraver in real time.
1. Position the laser engraver: First, lift the lid and clean the camera with alcohol. Connect the laser engraving machine to your computer and select "Calibrate" from the menu. Glue the three sheets to the honeycomb board as shown and run the calibration.
2. Clean the air nozzle and laser head on the laser engraving machine: disassemble the Z-axis top cover and front shell, and wipe the laser head with alcohol on a clean cloth. Hold the plastic air nozzle plug and pull out the air tube. Hold the nozzle outlet with pliers and turn it counterclockwise. Clean the metal stopper with a toothpick or tweezers and use the provided tool to clean the nozzle and wipe with alcohol. Reassemble parts.
3. Maintain the rails on the laser engraver machine : Clean the X and Y rails with alcohol and a lint-free cloth. Remove the Z-axis front housing with a screwdriver and turn the motor clockwise to access the guide rail for cleaning and lubrication. Reassemble the parts to the Z axis and lubricate the X and Y rails.
4. Change the water on the laser machine: Use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the right lens of the machine so it can be removed. Use a hose to drain the water from the reservoir into the container. Use a funnel to pour purified water into the tank and let the machine run the water cycle. repeat. Make antifreeze, stir and let stand. Use the funnel to pour the solution into the reservoir to the level. Turn on the machine, let water flow into the machine, and fill the water tank to level. Glued to the decorative lens cap on the back of the machine.
5. Clean the mirrors on the laser engraver machine : Pull out the X-axis to access the first mirror and remove it. Use alcohol and a lint-free cloth to clean the mirror clockwise, taking care not to touch it with your hands. Reassemble the mirror. Repeat the process for the remaining mirrors, focusing crescent lens, and laser head.
6. Replacing the laser tube on the laser engraving machine: remove the screws and remove the laser tube cover. Slide the cover out and remove the clip. When disassembling the laser tube, keep in mind that it is polarized, negative on the left and positive on the right.