Hello there,

Tory at MYDIYCNC again.

Today I want to show you all how you can SIMPLY do laser engraving on your CNC machine. Having a laser head is a BLAST to use. You can engrave anything from wood, plastics, cardboard, etc.... Of course what you engrave or burn in with your laser head is entirely up to you and what you can create. Follow these steps and you will know how to do laser engraving as well.

Step 1: Prepare Your Materials

Alright so first off just get everything all set up and ready to go.

You will need:

1. Your CNC machine, here we are using the MYDIYCNC Machine.

2. Your Laser head.

3. Safety Glasses.

4. The material you will be engraving on, we are using basic balsa wood today.

<p>I have developed LaserGRBL, a new software for grbl expecially designed for laser CNC.</p><p>Last version could be found here: <a href="https://github.com/arkypita/LaserGRBL/releases" rel="nofollow"> https://github.com/arkypita/LaserGRBL/releases</a></p><p>Existing feature:</p><p>- Load gcode file and stream to arduino grbl board via COM port<br>- Image import (jpg, bmp...) with line by line GCode generation (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal).<br>- Image import (jpg, bmp...) with Vectorization! [Experimental]<br>- Job preview (with alpha blending for grayscale engraving)<br>- Configuration Import/Export<br>- Configuration, Alarm and Error codes decoding for Grbl v1.1 (with description tooltip)<br>- Homing button, Feed Hold button, Resume button and Grbl Reset button<br>- Job time preview and realtime projection<br>- Jogging (for any Grbl version)<br>- Feed overrides (for Grbl &gt; v1.1) with easy-to-use interface</p><p>Comments, bugreport and suggestion are appreciated!</p>
<p>Take a look at my new Engraving software</p><p>Robot Laser Project page : http://www.robot-eyes.com/en/RobotLaser/</p><p>At the moment the software is WORK IN PROGRESS currently, in ALPHA testing.</p><p>ALPHA and BETA Versions are totally free.</p><p>Please send an email at robotlaser@robot-eyes.com with your opinion, thanks.</p><p>Carlo</p>
<p>Hi, nice project!!</p><p>Where you bought the laser head?</p>
<p>Hi, i'm interested about laser head, what type is it? Do you know a reference number, i would like to buy one. Thx and congratulations for your project. </p>
Hello dflo1, thanks for checking out my projects. Follow this link and it will take you exactly where you are trying to go. http://mydiycnc.com/catalog/56<br>Don't hesitate to contact customer support on the site as well if you have any questions.<br>:)
<p>What driver board are you using for the 445nm? I am looking at models like the one you sell, but I do need a little more power, so I wanted to see how the driver board matches up to my test models. (Just the diode, not the axis)</p>
Great project. Planning on building one myself. Where did you find the protective tube? From a safety standpoint, that's a very important component of your build.
<p>That's a clever little CNC you've got there. I dig the hamster tube look of the laser enclosure. </p>

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