If you have a K40 Laser cutter and enjoy the Russ Sadler laser learning lab video series, then I have a treat for you! Read on to find out more about the K40 Xtreeem Laser Cutter Upgrade Project!
Russ has focussed (pun intended) his years of laser knowledge and engineering expertise on a series of 6 videos related to the complete upgrade and overhaul of the standard 40W K40 Laser cutting and engraving machine.
His intention is to achieve a micro version of his larger laser machines at a significantly lower price. If you are looking to get your hands dirty with a superb new project then this video series will probably be the only K40 laser Cutter upgrade solution you will need to consider.
In this Session, Russ rips out the original flaky X-Y axis frame and completely revamps it by adding some simple inexpensive components. Russ then goes onto the important job of designing and fitting a reliable tube mount and 1st mirror solution.
In this Session, Russ rips out the original controller and pretty much all of the electrical circuit. He then fits a new Ruida controller, control panel, repositions the milliammeter, adds new stepper drivers and a new DC power supply.
Release Date: 24th May 2022.
In this Session, Russ brings together the mechanical and electrical K40 laser cutter upgrades from the first two sessions and adds a portable station for power, water cooling, water storage, airflow management, extraction and air assist.
Release Date: 31st May 2022.
In this Session, Russ adds the finishing touches to the K40 Laser Upgrade build and starts work on the machine setup. He explains the process of aligning the beam and checks the performance of the laser tube.
Release Date: 7th June 2022.
In this Session, Russ sets out to calibrate the system and fine tunes the acceleration parameters. So, let’s find out how fast he can run the K40 Xtreeem after all these K40 Laser Cutter Upgrades!
Release Date: 14th June 2022
In this Session, Russ puts the K40 Xtreeem Laser engraver to the ultimate test with photo engraving. Russ starts out Photo engraving, or Photo Replication as he prefers to call it, onto slate. One of the more difficult materials to laser engrave. He then moves onto cardboard and photo replicates his benchmark Fox image as used on his larger machines. Finally he checks the cutting performance of the 40 watt laser tube.
Release Date: 21st June 2022
In this Session, Russ decides that his K40 Xtreeem is in need of a decent Rotary attachment. There are a number of physical restraints related to the K40 chassis that means standard rotary attachment solutions are either unusable or require cutting large holes out of the floor of the chassis. Russ puts his engineering expertise to the task and designs a DIY rotary attachment you can build using your own K40 laser.
Release Date: 28th June 2022
In this Session, Russ continues to build his K40 Xtreeem DIY Rotary and makes some design improvements over his original concept. Once completed, it’s time to make some relevant changes to the K40 Xtreeem chassis. These include a shortened lightweight head, a short lens tube, shortened nozzle and a button to manually set the Y-axis home position. When it’s all up and running, it’s time to do some testing.
Release Date: 28th June 2022
Here you will find all of the project files that Russ used to develop his K40 Laser Cutter Xtreeem.
Please note: These are the drawings Russ used for the components used in the videos. They are subject to updates based on future part manufacturing requirements.
Russ gives a detailed overview of the K40 Xtreeem mechanical kit and how it is all meant to be assembled. If you decide to manufacture the parts yourself from the supplied drawings (for personal use only), this video instructs you step by step, including the nuts, bolts and screws you need for each section. The limited number of kits that Russ will supply are all pre-assembled.
Here you will find a summary of the key components included within the K40 Xtreeem Mechanical Kit.
Please note: Russ will be manufacturing a number of mechanical kits as a one off project. These will be of a limited quantity and supplied on a first come first served basis. If you wish to purchase a mechanical kit, please use the contact form below. This will put you directly in touch with Russ.
Want To Make An Enquiry To Russ Regarding Parts Or You Have Questions About This Project?
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Last updated August 26, 2021
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