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 session, Russ gets assistance from a Thinklaser Engineer and is shown how to WiFi enable a laser machine.
- (In this video a ‘TP Link’ Access Point is used as a ‘Bridge’)
- Setting up a WiFi connection between the laser and a home network
- (Although an alternative is to use a USB lead)
- In this case, there is no WiFI available in Russ’s garage so this exercise involves connecting the laser to the network router using a device called a ‘bridge’.
- The laser will need an IP address. Most devices get this from the network router (Editor’s Note: …using something called DHCP)
- The laser only uses static IP address (i.e. an address that you set)
- Finding the IP address range of the network router
- Using the ‘CMD’ command to get a ‘command line’ window
- Using the IPCONFIG command to see the network settings
- Finding the address of the PC you’re using
- Choosing an IP address that is free
- The device has several modes and needed to be placed in ‘Bridge’ mode.
- Connecting the laptop to the bridge via a cable to set it up.
- Setting up the bridge.
- Laser machine is connected via a cable to the TP Link bridge (which will connect to the home network via radio)
- Turning on the laser machine and manually configuring its IP address.
- Using the ‘ping’ command on a PC to check that the laser can be seen on the network.
- Configuring RDWorks to know the network address of the laser and a name.
- RDWorks now has two available routes to the device – network and USB lead.
- Testing the connections.
- Trying the home and offsets commands in RDWorks.
My thanks go out to Tom at Thinklaser for giving permission to embed these videos on this site. If you are looking for a new laser machine from a quality supplier, then I would suggest you check out their website: www.thinklaser.com.
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