05 – Our First Program (46:31)

The Lightblade Learning Lab with Russ Sadler

The Lightblade Learning Lab is a series of videos that Russ did for Thinklaser Limited based on using the Lightblade 4060 Laser Cutting and Engraving Machine. Thinklasers Lightblade 4060 has a 400 x 600mm bed size and was supplied with a 60W EFR laser tube. In this video, Russ gives an RDWorks Software Tutorial and shows you how to get started with your first laser cutting program.

RDWorks Software Tutorial - Our First Program
RDWorks Software Tutorial – Screenshot of Cutting File

Contents

  • This video uses the Beam Target as an example. (See Video 12 for additional notes on this design)
  • Working with vector files, e.g. DXF, AI, etc.
  • Importing a vector file
  • Placing parts onto layers
  • Setting speeds and power
  • Checking and setting the air assist
  • Cutting mode: Pen, dot, Cut and Scan
  • Power and how much to use
  • Cutting order of layers
  • Preview (of cut)
  • Path optimise
  • Save As and saving ‘U’ files
  • Cutting speeds
  • Start-up procedure
  • Vendor’s setting for Z direction
  • Frame and Origin functions
  • Cutting from file on a USB stick
  • Extruded versus Cast acrylic
  • Changing the power setting on a job
  • The properties of different papers
  • Assembling an acrylic model
  • PETG and Acrylic Weld cement

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Transcript For This RDWorks Software Tutorial

Our First Program

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00:09

welcome to this session of lightblade

00:15

learning lab. Now we’ve already tackled

00:18

all the main tools umm but to be honest

00:23

today we’re not going to really be using

00:25

many of those toolsl because we’re not

00:27

going to do any drawing here in RDWorks

00:31

as i mentioned to you before this is not

00:34

a CAD program this is an interface

00:36

program and any photographs or bitmaps

00:39

that you need to prepare you should do

00:42

that outside this program and import

00:44

them as bitmaps or pings or something

00:46

like that

00:47

today we’re going to work with vector

00:50

files now most of my work is done in a

00:53

CAD system where I export as dxf that’s

00:58

just because I’ve got an engineering

01:00

background I’m not an artist if I was an

01:02

artist i would be working probably in

01:05

adobe illustrator or something like that

01:06

but this system also handles adobe

01:11

illustrator files which affect the

01:12

drawing files so I’ve already prepared

01:14

some files and today i’m going to import

01:18

them because we can’t open them because

01:22

they’re not in this system already in

01:24

the right format so if you want to bring

01:26

files in from external system you always

01:29

import them and i’m going to be

01:32

importing this thing called beam target

01:35

now it’s imported full-size but it’s

01:39

not necessarily the page size if we look

01:41

at the table there we can see we can see

01:43

these items on the table now we can see

01:46

from this look we’ve got two millimeter

01:48

critic that were using for these parts

01:50

and yet we’re using white card for these

01:53

parts now we can’t cut those both

01:55

together so although I’ve got them on

01:58

the same dxf file what would have to

01:59

happen we shall have to import the same

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02:01

dxf file twice the first time we’re

02:04

going to import it we’re going to be

02:06

ruthless and we’re gonna delete that

02:10

section we don’t want the text so we’re

02:13

going to delete that we’ve got to

02:16

remember that it’s two millimeter

02:17

acrylic and to be honest what that is

02:20

that is a frame of the piece of material

02:23

that I’m going to use to cut these items

02:26

from now going to move this job into the

02:28

middle of the screen but of course that

02:30

isn’t necessarily where we’re going to

02:31

put it on the table when we actually cut

02:34

it this is just convenience for drawing

02:37

and programming purposes now the bits

02:43

that we want these bits in the middle

02:45

here the background the outside which

02:48

I’ve just highlighted is in rate and

02:53

I could possibly put that onto a

02:56

different layer and for convenience

02:59

purposes i will do that at the moment

03:01

normally I would just delete it because

03:03

it’s not necessary but I want to show

03:05

you another feature function here while

03:07

we’re programming so I popped onto a

03:10

blue layer at the moment and that blue

03:14

layer I’m going to put it up here and

03:17

we’re going to have a double clicked on

03:19

that blue layer to open up this

03:21

parameter window and it says is output

03:25

yes or what no well if I want an output

03:31

and I want this to cut then I would have

03:33

to say yes but because this is the

03:36

outside shape of the material that i’m

03:38

going to be using I don’t want it to cut

03:41

so in this particular instance I would

03:43

answer that question

03:45

no and now everything else down here is

03:50

just unimportant because I’ve said I

03:52

don’t want an output so you can hide

03:54

certain parts of the program if you wish

03:56

by putting them on a different layer and

03:58

then using this function here is output

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04:01

so we’re happy with that so we say ok

04:05

and now we’ll go to the black layer

04:07

double click on it and it will open up

04:10

the parameter window

04:13

okay now this is where we really started

04:16

programming we’ve got to decide what

04:20

speed and feed we’re going to cut these

04:22

parts out from now there’s two

04:23

millimeter acrylic now I’ve got 18

04:26

months of experience of cutting these

04:28

materials but it is on a different

04:29

machine with a different lens and that

04:32

makes a big difference and i will

04:34

explain that to you later on in the

04:35

series so for the moment just go with me

04:39

I think I’m probably going to have to

04:41

use around about 20 millimeters a second

04:44

i might be able to get away with 25 I

04:47

can’t say because I don’t know what

04:49

lenses in this machine so the next

04:53

question the first question there was is

04:55

this output

04:56

well we’ve already seen that yes we do

04:58

need to cut so we’ve got definitely got

05:00

to answer that question yes

05:02

now there’s a question here which says

05:03

is it says if blowing yes or no

05:08

well it’s a bit of a silly question and

05:11

it’s a bit of a super first question in

05:13

a way because this is blowing or if

05:16

blowing yes or no is all to do with the

05:19

air assist now if you remember when we

05:24

did our introduction i said to you

05:26

please please please do not turn your

05:29

air assist off make sure that your air

05:32

assistance on every time you are doing

05:34

cutting and that’s because we don’t want

05:36

the smoke to go up in the lens and

05:38

disrupt the efficiency of the lens we

05:43

have the option here to turn this off

05:45

with a solenoid in the Machine and that

05:47

solenoid is not in my machine and it’s

05:49

unlikely to be in your machine either

05:50

because I don’t think think later would

05:53

put that function in here so instead of

05:56

blowing read era cyst and generally

05:59

leave the air assist on

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I would never advise you to turn it off

06:05

now we’re going to go down here to the

06:08

cutting processing mode i’m not going to

06:12

go into this involved window here then

06:14

we’ll just keep it simple and we’ve got

06:18

several options in here we’ve got Penn

06:20

dot cut and scan or scanning is for

06:24

engraving and for bitmaps dotting is for

06:28

some rather interesting cutting

06:31

facilities and pen

06:33

I’m honest I’ve got a clue but we should

06:37

find out before we get down to teach you

06:39

about that so we’re going to use cut

06:43

because that’s what we want to do cut

06:44

these parts power

06:47

well I’ve used a fairly fairly high

06:50

speed here because i’m anticipating

06:53

using a fairly high power now i’m going

06:56

to be using 65-percent and sixty-five

07:00

percent now first of all when you cut

07:04

things in general you always use the

07:07

same max or the same mean and a max

07:10

power there are exceptions but i’m not

07:15

going to cover those at the moment we’ll

07:16

keep it simple

07:18

sixty-five percent is maximum power but

07:23

I can hear you asking but the Machine

07:24

goes up to a hundred percent why can’t i

07:26

use a hundred percent you may remember

07:29

back to the first session as well are

07:31

highlighted you have an ammeter on the

07:33

machine and the ammeter basically gives

07:37

you an idea of what power you’re putting

07:39

through your laser tube now we’ll go and

07:41

explain a lot more about the laser tube

07:43

in another session but at the moment

07:45

just trust me that 65-percent is

07:49

probably the maximum power that i can

07:51

use and at that point in time I would

07:54

have reached the 22 milliamp limit for

07:58

the tube i mentioned to you before don’t

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08:01

take the default if for any reason we

08:05

get down here and we find this through

08:07

powers ticked on ticket we don’t need it

08:11

so what we set on there we’ve answered a

08:14

few simple questions and we said okay

08:18

now you might not believe it but we’ve

08:20

virtually programmed the job

08:24

the only thing that we haven’t

08:26

programmed is the order in which we want

08:29

these things to be cut there are many

08:31

ways of ordering things on this

08:34

particular piece of software one of the

08:38

ways in which you can order them as you

08:40

come up here to this layer and you can

08:42

swap the layers over so look I pulled

08:45

the black up all the black layer

08:46

underneath then there is no preferential

08:49

treatment therefore these layers what

08:51

will happen is the blue light will cut

08:52

first and then the backlight will cut

08:54

second if the black client had scan on

08:58

it regardless of whether the blue layer

09:00

is a cut the black layer will be cut

09:03

first because it’s a scan layer and

09:05

scans always take precedence over cuts

09:08

the layer order is absolutely used if

09:11

you’ve got scanning taking place but

09:13

because we only get two cuts they’re

09:15

technically the blue liar if it was a

09:17

cutting layer would cut first

09:19

because it’s not cutting it doesn’t

09:21

matter i want to go to handle and we’re

09:25

going to open handle up and I want you

09:28

to come down here to cut optimized and

09:33

there’s a little window here which we

09:36

could take order of layer i mentioned

09:39

that just now we don’t want order of

09:41

layer we could have it so that the parts

09:45

cut from the inside to the outside

09:48

hey now that makes sense because we do

09:51

want the holes cut before we on the

09:53

outside cut only the on for a minute

09:57

because i want to show you something

09:58

else start point optimized doesn’t

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10:00

matter whether that’s on off this block

10:06

handle and I cannot see question because

10:10

I’ve got no idea what it is and then we

10:14

get these directions which allows us to

10:17

cut up from bottom to up left to right

10:21

right to left different ways of

10:24

processing job I tell you what let’s do

10:26

bottom to jump

10:29

so we’ve made the selection at the

10:31

moment and I’ve done nothing to these

10:33

parts would you like to have a preview

10:36

of how these parts are going to be cut

10:40

let’s do that up at the top here we’ve

10:43

got a little television screen and if i

10:45

click that preview screen we’ve got

10:49

something here called a simulation know

10:51

what i would do is i would put these

10:52

sliders down in the first instance

10:54

towards the bottom maybe not very far

10:57

down the top 10 i would put that

10:59

probably about halfway along and the

11:01

bottom one I take it towards the start

11:05

otherwise things will happen very

11:06

quickly so we’re going to do a

11:08

simulation and let’s have a look what

11:10

this simulation does press the simulate

11:13

button and then move your move across to

11:16

the slider so that you can change the

11:18

speed

11:23

now look at the Blue Cross going down

11:26

from the right-hand side there and it’s

11:30

cutting the inside and now it’s doing

11:32

the outside we could speed it up a

11:34

little bit and it’s doing the holes on

11:37

the inside and is doing the outside

11:39

holes on the inside and then the outside

11:44

so everything’s working well

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and there we go

12:04

we’ve just proved that this job will run

12:07

perfectly and I’ve had to do no more

12:10

programming than that so i can close

12:11

this down with those settings which are

12:14

not my favorite settings but with those

12:16

settings and you would notice that it

12:19

started from the bottom and worked its

12:21

way along and up and it worked from the

12:23

inside and did the outside second on

12:26

every one of these parts

12:28

that’s almost as difficult as it gets to

12:32

program these simple parts the programs

12:34

written the only thing that we haven’t

12:36

done now is to get it into the Machine I

12:40

need to plug in a memory state to this

12:41

pc which I’ve just done we need to come

12:45

down here as i mentioned before and

12:47

check that the device is on USB

12:50

automatic the one thing that we don’t

12:53

want on is something down here which

12:55

could be on tipped pass optimized leave

12:58

the path optimized off my advice and

13:02

then this position here leave the

13:04

current position on don’t choose another

13:07

one and then we’re going to save this

13:11

the two things that you could do now the

13:13

first thing is if you like to use this

13:15

file again which is possible we need to

13:19

save it so we can save as

13:23

now you’ll note that down here it says

13:25

it’s an rld file now in rld file is

13:29

something you can save and you can open

13:31

again and again and again the file will

13:36

be saved with all these parameters the

13:38

cut parameters and so it’s a

13:41

preservation of exactly all the work

13:43

that you’ve done so i’m going to call

13:46

this beam targets

13:52

and now i’m going to come down here to

13:55

the save you file button to my removable

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disk and we’ll save it as the same again

14:05

head2 they are good and that happy sign

14:13

there i think i might have mentioned to

14:15

you before and Chinese that stands for

14:19

have a nice day ok now we need to tackle

14:24

the other item on this project we will

14:28

import the dxf file again and this time

14:33

we will be brutal and we would delete

14:36

this part of the children

14:39

and then we’ll take the top now just

14:41

remember that this is not a correct is

14:44

white card now before we delete the

14:47

border I just want you to note how

14:49

relatively tight

14:51

the job is to the material that’s

14:53

available i should mention that again

14:55

when we come to set the job up on the

14:57

machine just move this to a slightly

14:59

more central position and I said it’s

15:02

for no particular reason other than just

15:04

visual appearance and convenience

15:07

it’s got nothing to do with how we going

15:09

to set up on the machine itself here

15:13

we’ve got some lightweight card targets

15:15

that we should be firing the laser beam

15:17

at their couple of things I want you to

15:19

note about this design first of all

15:23

everything has got round corners on it

15:27

on this target

15:28

although these are ellipses for very

15:32

good reason i will explain that later on

15:35

they’re not round targets even though

15:36

the mirrors around the targets are not

15:38

round when it comes to writing the

15:41

programs we trying to achieve burn lines

15:43

only scorch lines on the surface of the

15:45

material and then we’re trying to cut

15:47

around the outside shape the outside

15:49

shape if we look carefully right at the

15:51

very top here you’ll see that it’s not

15:53

complete the line does not go all the

15:56

way around that’s purposely done so that

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these pieces stay attached to the sheet

16:01

of paper they remain in there so that

16:03

you can pull them off as you need them

16:05

so how we going to achieve these two

16:07

different power levels one for cutting

16:09

and 14 scorching the simple way is to

16:12

put the mounted two different layers so

16:14

what I’m going to do is put a marquee

16:16

and watch carefully what I’m doing with

16:18

this marquee I’m just covering all the

16:21

targets on line one

16:24

and I’m not going to let the Marquis go

16:27

you’ll notice all the targets of turned

16:30

rate I didn’t turn the outside shapes

16:33

read because the Marquis only covered

16:35

part of the shape the outside shape to

16:38

collect the shape you need to cover it

16:40

completely

16:42

ok so we’ve collected all that line of

16:44

targets what I’m now going to do is to

16:47

hold the shift key down and I’m now

16:50

going to collect the second line of

16:51

targets you’ll notice that they joined

16:56

the first line of targets now still got

16:58

my shift key held down and I’m going to

17:01

do the same thing with the third line of

17:03

targets

17:04

ok so now I’ve actually highlighted

17:07

collected whatever term you want all the

17:11

targets now I’m going to come down to

17:13

the bottom here and i’m going to click

17:14

the blue layer and watch what happens

17:17

first of all your note up here that

17:19

we’ve created a blue layer the top

17:20

right-hand corner so what I’m going to

17:23

do a double click on that blue layer

17:24

click and that will open up the cutting

17:28

parameters when I said cutting

17:30

parameters in this case they’re going to

17:32

be scorching parameters

17:33

it’s a bit of a difficult decision as to

17:36

what speed we should run at because I

17:38

could put 500 millimeters a second in

17:41

there but it wouldn’t change the speed

17:43

of the head now let me just give you a

17:45

little explanation that might help i own

17:48

a Ferrari i wish i did and and I live on

17:52

a block that is about 200 meters square

17:55

and I’d like to go racing around the

17:59

block every time I come to a corner i

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had to put the brakes on slow right down

18:03

and go around the corner then I could

18:05

put my foot down likely accelerate like

18:07

billy-o and off I go again but no sooner

18:11

had got up to about 50 miles an hour and

18:12

I’ve got to put the brakes on for the

18:14

next corner so only a hundred fifty

18:16

miles an hour

18:17

Ferrari has no benefit to me as i’m

18:21

racing around this very very small sharp

18:23

corner block

18:25

now things would be slightly better if i

18:29

lived on a 200-meter circular block

18:32

because at least I could get up to speed

18:34

and I wouldn’t have to keep slowing down

18:36

every time I got to a corner so that’s

18:41

the basic analogy that I want you to

18:42

remember when you’re doing laser cutting

18:44

every time you get to a sharp corner

18:47

the machine has to slow down stop and

18:51

change direction if you put radius

18:54

corners on your design wherever you can

18:56

and it’s not always practical then the

18:59

laser will release it will move smoothly

19:02

around the corner without slowing down

19:04

as much so that’s a very simple design

19:07

principle which I’d like you to

19:08

understand from the start and hence the

19:10

reason why I’ve got round corners on all

19:12

these targets

19:13

I don’t want the beam to slow down and

19:15

burn through in places i want the speed

19:17

to be kept as high as I possibly can

19:20

running it 500 millimeters a second is a

19:22

waste of effort because it just is never

19:24

going to get to 500 millimeters a second

19:26

so I’m choosing a number of 200 and I

19:28

think that will be fast enough to 22 not

19:31

to burn through well the first question

19:33

is always is output well yes we want

19:36

some output and so we’ve set the speed

19:38

now we go into these if blowing will

19:40

ignore that because that should be set

19:41

to yes processing mode

19:43

well we’ve got two choices we can either

19:46

scan or cut we don’t want to scan that

19:49

because i will show you how a port scan

19:52

is doing that particular job in later

19:55

episodes this is what we need to do we

19:57

need to have it on a cut

19:59

bear in mind we’re trying to only

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20:00

scratched the surface we need to have

20:03

the power as low as we can possibly get

20:05

it now I don’t know

20:07

on this particular 60 watt tube what the

20:09

minimum power is I can use in 0% because

20:13

if 0% is programmed in the later won’t

20:16

fire at all the later probably won’t

20:18

fire until about maybe a

20:20

nine ten percent somewhere in that sort

20:24

of region so i’m going to set the power

20:26

down to about ten percent and we’ll see

20:30

whether or not that’s enough we can

20:32

always edit these values on the machine

20:34

and we’ll go through that if we need to

20:37

so i’m going to set my max and min power

20:39

to ten percent later through mode is one

20:43

ticked and that’s it

20:45

we’ve only got two parameters to really

20:47

set speed and power

20:49

ok now we’ve got to work out how we’re

20:51

going to cut the outside shape and to do

20:53

that we’re gonna have to bring up double

20:55

click click the back liar again is

20:58

output this question is really asking do

21:00

you want me to include this item when i

21:02

write a program the answer is yes we do

21:05

want in the program speed

21:07

I think I’ll go for something like about

21:09

80 millimeters a second and i’m going to

21:12

probably use a power of maybe 20

21:15

possibly 25-percent there’s not it’s not

21:19

an exact science so what we got to do

21:21

now is make sure we get these things in

21:23

the right order

21:24

we want to make sure that we scorch the

21:25

target’s first and then week at the

21:27

outside shapes second now I’m going to

21:30

take you back up here to the handles and

21:35

we going to go to this cut optimized

21:38

now we’re going to have to adopt a

21:41

slightly different strategy this time

21:42

there are different ways in which we

21:44

could tackle this problem how we’re

21:46

going to cut these but let’s stay with

21:48

the cut optimized handle facilities at

21:50

the moment and this time we’re going to

21:52

use the order property we can take this

21:56

inside the outside because we’ve got two

21:59

different powers that we are using if we

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22:02

use the layer order we could ask for all

22:06

the blue layer to be done first and then

22:08

for the black layer to be cut afterwards

22:11

and that’s the sensible thing to do it

22:14

doesn’t really matter how we have this

22:16

set with we run top to bottom left to

22:18

right up to down it really just doesn’t

22:21

matter and then again the start position

22:23

to start point optimized doesn’t really

22:26

matter either but we’ll leave it ticked

22:27

we’ve decided to go for order of layer

22:31

ok and now we’ve got to look up here at

22:35

the black and the blue layer now i

22:38

mentioned to you before that the order

22:41

of these layers is the order in which

22:43

they will be cut

22:45

especially now that we’ve chosen the

22:47

layer order as the option cutting option

22:49

so we don’t want the outside cut first

22:53

we want the target to be scorched first

22:55

so we need to click on the black layer

22:59

and drag down below the blue layer so we

23:03

promote the blue layer to the top of the

23:04

list so that it will cut first and we

23:07

can check what’s happening by going up

23:09

here to the little preview screen

23:11

now my first question is why don’t we

23:15

have the targets on here

23:17

well let’s go back and have a look let’s

23:22

check the blue layer is output no yes it

23:27

is

23:29

ok

23:31

now we fix the problem let’s go and have

23:33

a look

23:36

and there we go so you can see how

23:39

useful this preview feature is and we do

23:43

the simulation and know what we’ve got

23:46

it running we can start to speed up to

23:47

see where it’s going watch the Blue

23:49

Cross going down to the bottom left-hand

23:50

corner and there we go look at is

23:53

creating all across this week speed it

23:55

up now quite considerably and is doing

23:59

all the targets and now we’re slow it

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24:01

down again and if we watch again for the

24:05

bottom right-hand corner it’s busy

24:07

cutting the targets out so we’ll just

24:10

want the simulation up again speed it

24:12

all up

24:19

there we go hundred percent success and

24:22

now all we’ve got to do is first of all

24:24

we’ve got to save this to a file which

24:26

i’m not going to do because you’ve

24:27

already seen me do that and then we’ve

24:29

got to save it to a you file again I’m

24:32

not going to demonstrate that because

24:33

you see me doing it so we’ll finish up

24:35

at the machine to see if we can start

24:38

cutting these items so here’s the piece

24:41

of material parts from now they probably

24:45

just about enough material to the job so

24:47

i don’t really want to experiment with

24:49

that I have a piece of material here at

24:53

the same time which i’ve used for

24:54

another purpose and into the machine

24:58

here i have put already a 40-millimeter

25:02

test square which i’m going to use to

25:05

get checked the cutting parameters

25:07

before we start doing the real job

25:10

ok so we’ve got our 40 millimeter square

25:13

and in-memory already so I’ll just press

25:17

enter and you’ll note here that the

25:22

moment I’ve got the speed set to 20

25:24

millimeters a second 65-percent power

25:27

now that will be my first attempt

25:29

now i’m going to drag the hay very

25:32

slightly towards zero not that 40

25:36

millimeter square is going to worry me

25:38

we’re now going to show you the startup

25:40

procedure using the autofocus which

25:42

should automatically set the focus of

25:43

whatever lens I’ve got in here to the

25:46

right position

25:47

first of all we need to press the suzuki

25:49

and that gives us all these options down

25:52

here now right at the bottom of the list

25:55

we’ve got auto focus now sorry before we start

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what I’ve got is something there called

26:01

as it move at the top you would

26:04

naturally think that if you want the

26:05

table to go up and down you would press

26:07

the up key to send it up and the down

26:10

key to send it down

26:11

no it doesn’t work like that

26:13

because as you can see the up key in the

26:15

down key rotating around the menu

26:19

let’s get back to the move to get the

26:21

table to drop down you’ll need to press

26:24

the left hand arrow key and if we just

26:27

watch with the left hand arrow key

26:29

buying what

26:32

that’s a little bit strange they seem to

26:33

be the wrong way around intuitively I

26:35

would have thought the left is a minus

26:37

key and the right there is a plus key

26:39

doesn’t do that or an interesting point

26:41

so we’re doing the table down and we can

26:45

drive it up and down manually now we’re

26:47

well clear of the the nozzle plenty room

26:50

underneath there

26:51

so now what we’re going to do is use

26:52

these down arrow keys to get to write

26:55

the bottom of the list there there’s

26:56

something called autofocus ok i’m now

26:59

going to press the enter button and

27:01

we’ll see your to focus working touches

27:07

the switch stops

27:09

backs off

27:11

that it carries forward again

27:20

manufacturer up a little bit more

27:23

and that’s the correct autofocus

27:26

position the autofocus switch is

27:29

actually about six millimeters above the

27:31

surface so we’re ready to run my 40

27:33

millimeter test square now i can either

27:36

drive to hate around or in this

27:37

particular instance because I’ve got

27:39

because I’ve got the cover open i can

27:41

actually set my material where I wanted

27:43

to be no remember and I keep stressing

27:46

this point that we’re working from this

27:48

top left-hand corner here and we should

27:51

draw a 40 mile square out here so just

27:55

to prove the point more than anything

27:56

else what I’ll do I’ll put my material

27:58

on that corner there right now I could

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28:03

have driven the mature i could have

28:04

driven the hate to that corner but I’ve

28:06

moved the material to that corner so let

28:09

me know press something on the machine

28:11

called the frame button and what it will

28:13

do it will just tell me where the hate

28:15

is going to move

28:18

yeah well just went away because i

28:22

forgot to set the origin point so let me

28:25

drive it back again to get that point

28:28

just there

28:31

and now I’ll press the origin button and

28:34

do it properly now we’ll press frame and

28:39

there we go there’s my 40 millimeter

28:40

square the sort of things i do

28:44

instinctively have got to come to you

28:46

slowly so the first thing you need to

28:49

just think about is how i got my air

28:51

assist on

28:52

yes is everything clear yes whatever

28:56

what am I missing

28:58

well there is one big thing that are

29:00

missing and that’s the extract system

29:07

but he got very protective

29:17

that did I cut through

29:19

yes I did

29:22

this frame is here this aluminium frame

29:25

is reasonable point i can actually use

29:29

that almost like a reference square in

29:31

the corner there and to make sure that

29:34

it is square because the whole table can

29:37

move around

29:38

push it to that back corner over there

29:39

and then we should know that the frame

29:41

is square with the machine basically and

29:43

then we can slide this piece of material

29:45

into that corner there then we can drive

29:48

the head

29:50

towards the corner from the cherry

29:52

so I’ve got my memory stick plugged into

29:54

the Machine and now i’m going to press

29:56

the fire button

29:59

and that will enable me to get to the

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30:03

second menu there that’s our press this

30:05

button and we get across to the unis are

30:08

compressed the enter button

30:11

and I get you just menu and I need to

30:14

read you this to start with

30:17

and on here i should find big dog and

30:21

card talk later the two files i need to

30:24

transfer into this machine so we’ll do

30:27

that while we’re here we’re going to

30:28

head tog and move within move across

30:31

popular memory

30:35

copy successful enter

30:39

card dog

30:43

copy the memory

30:47

well being

30:50

eh

30:52

escape

30:56

okay and there’s my car targets in

30:58

machine memory

31:00

so now i’m going to go back to file its

31:03

escape back to file

31:06

and now we’re going to find

31:09

on the memory

31:12

hey talk and there is in time

31:17

and we’re ready to go

31:21

so we can know press the Go button shop

31:24

wasting materi

31:54

let’s see how well let’s cut its cut

31:58

well I should be able to just lift this

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32:00

off

32:01

well that is superb

32:04

now my fear with this honeycomb paid is

32:09

that it would mark the back of these

32:11

products let me just have a look across

32:14

this age here and we’ll see whether or

32:17

not my fears are in any way

32:22

founded well vary slightly but i don’t

32:28

think anything there’s certainly no

32:30

marks on the back of the product there

32:32

and if we look along the agent I catch

32:36

in the light right let’s just see if we

32:39

can catch in the light right yeah maybe

32:41

like that you probably just can see some

32:43

little marks on the age of the material

32:46

there where you’ve got little

32:47

reflections off the honeycomb age but if

32:51

that’s as bad as it gets

32:53

then I should be very pleased what my

32:55

concern was that it would be along the

32:57

back of the product here this particular

32:59

material is two millimeter extruded

33:02

acrylic now extruded a critic has got

33:04

slightly different cutting properties to

33:08

cast acrylic cast acrylic tends to

33:12

produce a really lovely clean eh with no

33:16

birds

33:17

this has got a protective film on it and

33:19

you still having a bit of trouble

33:20

getting the protective film off but

33:23

protective film is the thing that I

33:24

think is stopping it from being damaged

33:27

and by reflections off of this surface

33:30

and it’s done a pretty good job actually

33:33

I can’t see any i can see when I hold it

33:37

up to the light and catch the light on it

33:39

I can’t see any marks on there at all

33:43

from the honeycomb one one or two just

33:48

round here there are definite marks

33:51

around the age but that’s nothing

33:54

absolutely nothing

33:56

there’s a little sharp age all the way

33:57

around the bottom each there which

33:59

happens with too much technical birth

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34:02

which happens with extruded acrylic and

34:05

you tend not to get that with cast

34:07

acrylic

34:07

the next part of the job involves a for

34:09

white card and that’s the website that i

34:13

got it from its 300 gram craft card i

34:17

bought this card for manufacturing and

34:21

christmas cards and birthday cards and

34:23

to be honest it’s not very good for

34:24

doing that sort of work to lovely card a

34:27

lovely skip card but it’s got so much

34:29

china clay in it that it actually smokes

34:31

on the surface and it produces not very

34:34

good so i use this for all sorts of

34:36

tests work and particularly what we’re

34:38

going to use it for now which is to make

34:41

these targets so gain we can tap it up

34:43

in the corner there so we’ve got a nice

34:45

reference to work with no you don’t need

34:48

to see me loading the program again

34:49

because you’ve already seen I’ve got my

34:51

programming and road now and technically

34:53

I’m sitting right in the corner of the

34:56

shape here but first this is not two

34:58

millimeter thick material this is only

35:00

probably about half a millimeter thick

35:02

so I really want to go away and do the

35:06

autofocus again so we’ll drive ahead

35:12

adding to the work area and then we’ll

35:15

use the sig Dukey and I’ll carry out

35:18

your can focus procedure

35:22

ok

35:24

I’ve got my origin still sit in the

35:27

corner there so technically I don’t need

35:29

to go back and reset my origin so what

35:31

do I will know just do spraying test and

35:35

the first thing that should happen is

35:36

the hatred drive towards the corner to

35:39

find the origin and then it will run

35:41

around and we’ve got to check that it

35:43

doesn’t run off with the paper anywhere

35:47

little bit tight there Thank You room

35:49

there

35:50

little bit of room there so really we

35:52

can do and is tight along the back there

35:55

so what we do is drive to hate forward

35:57

slightly and in slightly too much about

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36:00

there

36:02

depress the origin button there

36:05

and then we do afraid again to check

36:07

again

36:09

that’s good that’s good

36:13

that looks very tight Medicare know so

36:17

we need to come back just a shade

36:19

like that maybe one more

36:24

right there is good origin

36:26

I’m happy with that so we’re just gonna

36:28

go for it

36:29

we’ll see what happens

36:36

you had too much outlook my tobe flowing

36:40

out

36:42

that’s not good at it

36:46

press the pause button press escape

36:48

button

36:51

disaster really let’s go and have a look

36:53

at how we can edit the program

36:54

administrator

36:56

right well we need to press the escape

36:58

button to start with I think because

37:00

we’re part way through the program let’s

37:02

just check

37:10

enter again

37:13

and one more time

37:15

and all of a sudden we get the editing

37:17

menu down here for the blue layer if you

37:22

remember the blue layer was the target

37:24

itself

37:27

so we need to edit the blue layer

37:32

you come down here to the speed and I

37:34

don’t think the speed is the issue

37:36

to be honest I think it’s really the

37:38

power now I don’t know what minimum

37:40

powers i said to you I can actually

37:42

operate this machine on let’s take it

37:45

down to as low as ordered this me is the

37:49

reason

37:52

mistake on my part somewhere 65-percent

37:56

no wonder it cut

37:58

but while we’re here we will edit his

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38:00

power down to

38:05

we’ll take it down to ten percent and

38:08

we’ll see what happens and then we press

38:10

the musée du Bac Ninh game and come

38:12

down here and we correct my obvious

38:14

mistake

38:26

ten percent

38:29

setup success in time

38:32

that makes your face

38:40

parking here

38:42

he had pc that certainties

38:52

that tells me i’m using a sony of

38:55

operations between possesses

38:59

high-frequency impacting baby

39:03

now I will explain to you in another

39:05

session what that’s all about

39:09

but it makes a lot of noise as you can

39:12

hear not bad at all

39:16

and this is why would never want to use

39:17

this metric table 2 doing card work if

39:22

we look down here you’ll see clearly

39:24

where the theme has passed over one of

39:28

these and it’s giving reflections on the

39:31

back

39:32

they’re all over the price these

39:33

reflections

39:36

for high-quality card that would be

39:39

totally unacceptable

39:41

you can probably see on the frontier

39:42

what I mean about the smoky effect this

39:45

is definitely got a brown change to it

39:47

where it’s blown out and across the

39:51

surface that’s high china clay content

39:53

in here which is blowing up if we get

39:56

the different sort of paper we won’t

39:58

have this problem and in fact what i

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40:00

would do is immediately show you the

40:02

difference between different types of

40:04

paper here we have a paper that i

40:06

absolutely loved use the card work as

40:09

you can see it’s a watercolor paper and

40:12

it comes in a thick pad of a hand roots

40:18

and it’s just got a lovely sort of a

40:20

texture on the surface now I would just

40:24

take a piece of already used

40:33

I think you can probably see that this

40:35

is a much cleaner cut there’s virtually

40:37

no drowning at all around this cut here

40:44

but this would get even better this cut

40:47

if i was to use this high-impact

40:49

engraving phase which I’ve got to

40:52

investigate to find out where it’s

40:54

limited I like to run card cutting right

40:58

at the top limit of that particular

40:59

operating phase for the tube you heard

41:03

operating here at ten percent well it

41:05

may well be that i can get it up to

41:06

maybe thirteen fourteen percent and it

41:10

will still exist in which case i can use

41:12

it for cutting as well

41:16

ok well the time has come to start doing

41:18

something with these pieces now the

41:20

thing that we got to do with these is to

41:22

assemble them and we’ve actually got to

41:24

glue them together is a blue them

41:26

together we should need a special

41:29

adhesive for bonding creek now I’ve got

41:33

the material here from a company called

41:35

bond right and it is actually petg will

41:41

cement now technically I should have a

41:45

creek world cement but I know that

41:47

petg world’s men will do the job

41:51

acrylic cement won’t won’t meet etg but

41:55

it will work the other way around for

41:57

some strange chemical reason now this

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42:00

stuff will evaporate very very quickly

42:02

so you need to make sure that you always

42:04

keep the lid on they don’t want to give

42:07

you a little bubble what I do is I just

42:10

squeeze the bottle very slowly release

42:13

it so that time suck some of the fluid

42:16

which is just like water

42:18

I think probably see I’ve only got a

42:19

very small amount in the bottom there so

42:21

we put the needle on the top there like

42:23

that and now we’re going to begin the

42:26

assembly to this four pieces to this one

42:28

and four pieces to that one

42:30

now it is actually pretty obvious how

42:32

these go together so soon as that but

42:36

now what we’ve got to do is to bond it

42:38

together the way we do that is we will

42:42

try and keep my fingers away from the

42:44

actual little 10 joints will lay this in

42:48

a horizontal plane and then I don’t know

42:51

whether we can get close enough to see

42:52

it but when i took this up very gently

42:55

the fluid that’s in here which is very

42:58

watery will just flow out and it will

43:01

actually buy a capillary action flow

43:04

into the joint there is as simple as

43:08

that it produces a really neat little

43:10

joint now going to hold that for

43:11

something like about 10 seconds 15

43:14

seconds just to get it to bond and dry

43:16

off again I’m gonna run this joe gently

43:19

turn it just turn it off horizontal and

43:22

then when the bit when it runs just go

43:24

straight

43:25

after about 15 or 20 seconds that will

43:29

have fixed now i can run along this

43:33

joint as well there and they’re now I

43:42

don’t with you could say in this line

43:44

but here’s the marks that i was talking

43:46

about on the back edge there on the h

43:48

those marks haven’t affected surface

43:50

material but they have actually just

43:52

impacted along the edge there that’s the

43:54

reflections off of the Calico section

43:57

it’s not a major issue it’s just

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44:01

interesting that I can see them

44:03

well there’s our first target holder

44:05

made and will pop out target on their

44:10

the target locates here so its reach

44:14

repeatedly sitting in the same position

44:17

so that we can fire a laser beam at it

44:19

but I’m afraid you’re gonna have to be

44:21

patient to see that because we’ve got a

44:23

few more sessions before we get to doing

44:25

anything with this this next item is an

44:29

interesting item as well now i put these

44:31

two pieces together like this and i

44:35

produced up basically what looks like a

44:37

pocket here now you would normally make

44:40

that one thick piece of material and you

44:43

would Miller pocket it or you could make

44:45

this a piece of six millimeter say a

44:48

critical five-millimeter critic and you

44:49

could try engraving a sort of a pocket

44:54

in there but it wouldn’t be all that

44:56

accurate

44:57

this is a much more accurate way of

44:59

making that pocket with two pieces but

45:02

then you have the problem of how do I

45:03

stick it together

45:05

well we have got this stuff remember but

45:09

I’m not gonna be using that for main

45:11

location what we’re using we using these

45:15

bases now these pieces if you look

45:17

carefully

45:18

we’ve got tons on the end which are

45:22

twice the thickness of the material

45:23

gonna pop those through those slots it

45:28

all locates locks together nicely along

45:31

message

45:32

captain like that run along message here

45:35

like this as quickly as that and to be

45:39

honest it’s nicely held together if I

45:41

can manipulate my hand over far enough

45:43

that i might be able to rely on his work

45:50

which will save me waiting too many

45:53

seconds now the only other thing that

45:55

we’ve got to do is this piece here is a

45:57

little but only a little bit on the

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46:00

flimsy side so what I’m going to do I’m

46:02

going to run a bead of glue along that

46:04

joint there

46:05

well that’s the end of that first

46:07

programming and production project now

46:11

these items will be used at a future

46:13

date and we’ve got a couple more that we

46:16

going to manufacture that will be used

46:18

in conjunction with these during one

46:21

long session for checking the

46:23

performance of the machine so that we

46:25

benchmarked the machine

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