K40 Laser - Entry 7: First real Burn!

December 2, 2017

It is alive!

 

Here is the first somewhat serious burn or engraving on the K40 that I attempted after some basic pushing buttons to see it the unit would respond to the computer.  The result is an outstanding yes.  I was actually impressed with the depth of this cut and the speed at which it was done.  This was executed onto a piece of 3mm birch plywood. Of course in my initial excitement I neglected to write down the power and speed settings.  Anyway, I'm at least savvy enough not to push it at a high power right away.  Always want to be conservative and save tube life!

I followed up the engrave with a circular cut around the artwork.  The "It is Alive" artwork was created in Photoshop and imported into the Laserdrw software supplied with the K40.  I then simply drew a circle around it to make the cut.

 

I am very optimistic with the result.  Next step is to attempt to take a complex file from Adobe Illustrator and import it into the Laserdrw software and successfully engrave and then cut it in the same fashion as this first experiment. I hope it goes well!

 

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