• May 23, 2021

Left Laser Protocol (Upgraded Air Assist)

Left Laser Protocol (Upgraded Air Assist)

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This guide will outline all the steps to use the upgraded air-assist on the left laser.

  1. Dry out the dessicant (this prevents water from the compressor from getting on the laser lens, which can cause damage)
    • This should be done each day at open.  Check to see if the date is current (today’s date).  If it shows today’s date, skip to step 2.
    • If the dessicant has not been changed today, carefully unscrew the desiccant container.
    • Set up the oven outside on the balcony bench, and empty the desiccant into the aluminum foil tray
    • Bake for 30 minutes or until dessicant turns blue.
  2. Turn on the air
    • Go into the woodshop and make sure the compressor is plugged in
    • Check the red lever on the compressor and turn it on (flip to the DOWN position).
    • On the right side of the laser, find the valve at the back of the Air Assist Assembly (where the hose comes in).
    • Make sure the valve is ON (parallel with the air hose)
    • Make sure the airflow meter valve is OPEN (twist knob to the left)

Special Focus Instructions

The left laser has been fitted with a nozzle that is 10mm longer, which blows air much closer to the piece.

To focus with this nozzle:

  1. Follow normal focus procedures (see infographic on the wall next to the laser)
  2. Move the laser bed UP 10 mm.
    • Look at the Z position on the small screen on the laser.  It will read something like 2986.
    • Subtract 10 from this number (that’s 2976).
    • Move the laser bed UP (using the left arrow in the Z menu) until the Z position reads ten less than your original position.
  3. Review standard pre-cut checklist
  4. Fire ze laser!
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