… to make a laser cutter instead.
I’ve always wanted a laser cutter, but I’ve never really been able to afford one.
So i’m putting the CNC router on hold for the time being and building a laser cutter. It’ll have around a 1W laser and have a cutting bed of 600 by 800mm… which is quite big for a starter project. I want to build it spending less than £300 on parts…. so cheaper than the CNC router too.
How hard can it be? Here’s a quick Google sketch up of my idea’s
my laser cutter
I realised I’ve left this project hanging a while now and that’s partly to do with he fact that the chips I was hoping to use didn’t arrive quickly then other things got in the way.
I’ve also hit upon two other snaggs,
- The power supplied from the dimmers is not 10v, so this means adding in two power regulator circuits (one for 5v data and the other a 10v reference),
- The chips will only do 0-5v, which obviously is no good for the 0-10v that’s required.
Never mind – this is still a project i’m working on – just a little more complex than I first thought.
So – it’s about time i put all of my crazy idea’s onto a website for everyone to see and use…
Well here it is!