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March 26, 2010, at 05:20 PM by 129.63.16.48 -
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Jim Weisman x101 - may not work anymore
Scott Hutchison - Scott.Hutchison@troteclaser.com - responds to service@trotec.net
to:
Scott Hutchison - Scott.Hutchison@troteclaser.com - responds to service@trotec.net - 866-226-8505 x9812
March 19, 2010, at 03:51 PM by 129.63.16.48 -
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Jim Weisman x101
Scott Hodgeson (? lastname) x107
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Jim Weisman x101 - may not work anymore
Scott Hutchison - Scott.Hutchison@troteclaser.com - responds to service@trotec.net

November 02, 2009, at 01:15 AM by Nick D - also, danger
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#PAY ATTENTION AT ALL TIMES, THE LASER ENGRAVER IS VERY EXPENSIVE
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#PAY ATTENTION AT ALL TIMES, THE LASER ENGRAVER IS VERY EXPENSIVE [and also dangerous]
October 09, 2009, at 02:25 PM by Nick D - must put stuff in
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#Desired material inside engraver
October 09, 2009, at 03:02 AM by Nick D - expensive
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#PAY ATTENTION AT ALL TIMES, THE LASER ENGRAVER IS VERY EXPENSIVE
October 09, 2009, at 01:32 AM by Nick D - changed links
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* [[http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcdg4mm8_297f4hqmnfc|Laser User Drivers License Test]]
* [[Laser Cutter General Instructions]]
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* [[LaserCutterMore|Extra Details]]
* [[UsingCorelWithLaser|Using CorelDraw]]
October 09, 2009, at 12:13 AM by Nick D - pvc is not allowed
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#Cut or engrave PVC
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#*If you have time, please come back and shut the fans AFTER they have turned themselves off
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(If you have time, please come back and close up the fans AFTER they have turned themselves off)
October 08, 2009, at 11:24 PM by Nick D - few more
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#*If you have time, please come back and shut the fans AFTER they have turned themselves off
October 08, 2009, at 11:23 PM by Nick D - minor fixes
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#Cut deeper than 1/4" wood or other high particle materials
#Engrave deeper than 1/16" wood or other high particle materials
to:
#Cut deeper than 1/4" with wood or other high particle materials
#Engrave deeper than 1/16" with wood or other high particle materials
October 08, 2009, at 11:21 PM by Nick D - added most important points
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!! Information for Users
to:
!!General Procedure

!!!Before turning on engraver
#Shut the doors
#Turn on the window fans

!!!Right before using the engraver
#Check window fans
#Check filter
#Focus the laser head
#Check the size
#Correct material setting

!!!DO NOT
#Cut or engrave glass, metal, and other reflective materials
#Cut or engrave explosive, hazardous, or otherwise dangerous materials
#Cut deeper than 1/4" wood or other high particle materials
#Engrave deeper than 1/16" wood or other high particle materials

!!!Before you leave
#Crank up the fans to the maximum time
#Turn off the laser engraver

!!!Something is wrong...
#Lift the lid to stop the laser
#If there is fire, put it out
#If there is danger, scream and yell loudly

!!General Rules
#Power no higher than 85
#Velocity no higher than 60
#TID students must always be supervised when using the laser
#Don't know? Unsure? Ask, don't do
#Observe computer and machine courtesy
#Only use your own materials
#Don't bother the lab assistants in the adjacent rooms
#Don't pass the blue line
#Watch for nerf darts

!!Further Instruction

September 24, 2009, at 10:41 PM by Nick D - added link to inkscape page
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* [[http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcdg4mm8_297f4hqmnfc|Laser User Drivers License Test]]
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* [[http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcdg4mm8_297f4hqmnfc|Laser User Drivers License Test]]
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* [[UsingInkscapeWithLaser|Using Inkscape]]
April 11, 2009, at 09:53 PM by 129.63.16.37 -
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!! Material for Laser Cutting
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!! Raw Material for Laser Cutting
April 11, 2009, at 09:52 PM by 129.63.16.37 -
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!! Material for Laser Cutting
[[http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/productIndex.shtml?from=Search&newSrch=yes&operator=keywordSearch&search_type=keyword&action=Go!&QueryString=Acrylic&submit.x=0&submit.y=0|Acrylic supplies from Grainger]]

[[http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/productIndex.shtml?from=Search&newSrch=yes&operator=keywordSearch&search_type=keyword&action=Go!&QueryString=PETG&submit.x=0&submit.y=0|PETG supplies from Grainger]]

March 06, 2009, at 05:27 PM by Fred G Martin -
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* [[LaserCutterGeneralInstructions]]
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* [[Laser Cutter General Instructions]]
March 06, 2009, at 05:27 PM by Fred G Martin -
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!!Replacement Parts
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!! Information for Users

* [[LaserCutterGeneralInstructions]]
* [[http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcdg4mm8_297f4hqmnfc|Laser User Drivers License Test]]

!! Replacement
Parts and Service
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!![[Attach:Servicemanual 8003V14.pdf | Speedy II service manual]]

!![[LaserCutterGeneralInstructions]]

!![[LaserCutterRowmarkSignage]]

!![[http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcdg4mm8_297f4hqmnfc|Laser User Drivers License Test
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* [[Attach:Servicemanual 8003V14.pdf | Speedy II service manual]]

* [[LaserCutterRowmarkSignage]]
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!![[LaserCutterRowmarkSignage]]

!![[http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcdg4mm8_297f4hqmnfc|Laser User Drivers License Test
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Scott Hodgeson (? lastname) x107
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!![Attach:Servicemanual 8003V14.pdf | Speedy II service manual]]
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!!Replacement Parts
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!Operating Instructions
These notes were originally taken by Steve Ward -- thanks Steve.

Additional notes: * If you don't need as much precision, you can reduce
the DPI and get the laser to engrave your image
more quickly.

* Whatever in your image is NOT marked as red (and
also very thin - around 0.001" in width) will be
ENGRAVED, not cut.




(1) Log into the computer hooked up to the laser.
Username: Administrator
Password: JintAn2

(2) Turn on the laser cutter.
There is a rocker switch behind the cutter - the back left corner.

(3) Start Corel Draw 9.
Double-click on the CorelDRAW icon on the desktop.
When the program starts, a window will pop up - click on "Graphic"
to start the program in "graphic" mode.

(4) Start Job Control.
* Double click on the Job Control icon on the desktop (the icon
looks like a blue square).

* When the program is running, click on the icon that looks like
a plug on the toolbar up top; this will get the computer & the
laser talking.
(note: The laser hooks up to the computer via a serial cable -
the serial connector is on the back of the computer.)

(5) Focus the laser.
* The controls for moving the laser head and for moving the
platform (the bed) are on the panel on the cutter.

* Place the material you will be cutting/engraving in
the laser cutter bed (if need be, move the bed down so you
have plenty of room to put in the material - you will have to
re-adjust the depth anyway).

* Move the laser head so that it is over the material and
positioned so you can easily place the focusing piece on it.

* The piece used for focusing is on the lip inside the cutter -
it MUST go back there when you are done using it.  Take the piece
and hang it off the edge of the laser: there is a thin ledge on
the right-hand side of the actual laser (there is no other edge
to the right of it or below it).

* Move the bed up so that it comes close to the focusing piece.
IMPORTANT: There is a lag between releasing your finger on the
panel and the bed actually stopping.  So, when the material on
the platform STARTS TO GET CLOSE to the focusing piece, BE
DELIBERATE IN MOVING THE BED UP - MOVE IT A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME.
(Care must be taken so the material does not smash into the laser
- please pay attention.)

* Deliberately keep moving the material up until it pushes the
focusing piece off of the edge, and the piece falls off.
The laser is now focused.  Put the piece back on the lip.

(6) Draw the picture.
* Import your image or draw it in Corel Draw 9.

* The edges which are supposed to be the CUT edges (where the
laser cuts as opposed to engraving), must be made to be
0.001 inches in width, and must be colored red.  Right-click
on these cut lines, select "Properties," and click on the outline
tab.  Select "Color," then "Other," and the "Trotec palette"; then
make the color red (RGB 255 0 0).  Hit "OK" and then "Apply."

* Text can be placed in the image, pictures can be pasted in, etc.

* Save your image.

(7) Still in Corel Draw, print the image.
* SELECT the image you want to print (click on it once, so you
see the box around it that means it's selected).

* Make note of the size (width & height) of the image; these
values will appear on the top tool bar.

* Click on the print button.  Check off the button to just print
"Selection."  Then click on "Properties," enter in the
appropriate width and height - this should be just larger than
the width and height of your image, to make room for printing
the image (round the values you took note of up).

* Select a template (there is a drop-down menu) for power settings
for the laser appropriate for the material you're using.

* Hit "OK."  If a window pops up, asking if you want the program
to do things automatically, hit "NO."

* Now you're back to the print dialog window, so click on the
Layout tab.  Select "centered" (it's a drop-down menu choice).

* Hitting "print preview" will let you see what will print.

* Hit "Print" - when prompted, give your job print job a name.

(8) Go to the Job Control program window.
* The job you just printed from Corel Draw should appear
in the panel on the right-hand side of the Job Control program.

* Select your job, and drag & drop it into the main screen.

* Your image will appear as a box on the screen, and you can
drag and drop the image and/or the laser head (the laser head
is on the screen as a rectangular cross-hairs kind of thing) to
match up the positioning of where the image should actually
be cut/engraved in the laser bed; of course, physically position
the material in the bed to match things up with where the image
will be cut/engraved.

* If the power parameters are not good, double-click on the
background of the main screen of Job Control.  A window will pop
up so you can alter the settings - particularly, the two rows
marking percentages of power for engraving as well as for cutting.
After making any changes, hit OK.

* If you want to see what the engraving will look like, go
to the "View" menu and click on WYSIWYG mode.

(9) Close the cover of the laser cutter.
* Enough said.

(10) Click on the green arrow (on the tool bar up top in Job Control)
to start the laser!!!

(11) Be attentive during the cutting/engraving to watch out for fire.
If stuff catches on fire, open up the cover (this will stop the engraver)
and stamp the flame out.

(12) To get rid of your job from Job Control, right click on the image in
the main screen and hit "remove job" to take it off the screen, but
put it back in the job palette (so you can re-use it!) - if you want
the job altogether gone, click on "delete."

(13) Enjoy your masterpiece.
to:
![[LaserCutterGeneralInstructions]]
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!Replacement Parts

Trotec and talk with service (866-226-8505).
      85921 ECO Replacement Filter Box - All Eco Exhausts $370
      85915 Activated Carbon ECO (30 lbs) $390

Jim Weisman x101


!Operating Instructions
April 27, 2006, at 12:41 AM by Fred Martin -
Added lines 1-144:
These notes were originally taken by Steve Ward -- thanks Steve.

Additional notes: * If you don't need as much precision, you can reduce
the DPI and get the laser to engrave your image
more quickly.

* Whatever in your image is NOT marked as red (and
also very thin - around 0.001" in width) will be
ENGRAVED, not cut.




(1) Log into the computer hooked up to the laser.
Username: Administrator
Password: JintAn2

(2) Turn on the laser cutter.
There is a rocker switch behind the cutter - the back left corner.

(3) Start Corel Draw 9.
Double-click on the CorelDRAW icon on the desktop.
When the program starts, a window will pop up - click on "Graphic"
to start the program in "graphic" mode.

(4) Start Job Control.
* Double click on the Job Control icon on the desktop (the icon
looks like a blue square).

* When the program is running, click on the icon that looks like
a plug on the toolbar up top; this will get the computer & the
laser talking.
(note: The laser hooks up to the computer via a serial cable -
the serial connector is on the back of the computer.)

(5) Focus the laser.
* The controls for moving the laser head and for moving the
platform (the bed) are on the panel on the cutter.

* Place the material you will be cutting/engraving in
the laser cutter bed (if need be, move the bed down so you
have plenty of room to put in the material - you will have to
re-adjust the depth anyway).

* Move the laser head so that it is over the material and
positioned so you can easily place the focusing piece on it.

* The piece used for focusing is on the lip inside the cutter -
it MUST go back there when you are done using it.  Take the piece
and hang it off the edge of the laser: there is a thin ledge on
the right-hand side of the actual laser (there is no other edge
to the right of it or below it).

* Move the bed up so that it comes close to the focusing piece.
IMPORTANT: There is a lag between releasing your finger on the
panel and the bed actually stopping.  So, when the material on
the platform STARTS TO GET CLOSE to the focusing piece, BE
DELIBERATE IN MOVING THE BED UP - MOVE IT A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME.
(Care must be taken so the material does not smash into the laser
- please pay attention.)

* Deliberately keep moving the material up until it pushes the
focusing piece off of the edge, and the piece falls off.
The laser is now focused.  Put the piece back on the lip.

(6) Draw the picture.
* Import your image or draw it in Corel Draw 9.

* The edges which are supposed to be the CUT edges (where the
laser cuts as opposed to engraving), must be made to be
0.001 inches in width, and must be colored red.  Right-click
on these cut lines, select "Properties," and click on the outline
tab.  Select "Color," then "Other," and the "Trotec palette"; then
make the color red (RGB 255 0 0).  Hit "OK" and then "Apply."

* Text can be placed in the image, pictures can be pasted in, etc.

* Save your image.

(7) Still in Corel Draw, print the image.
* SELECT the image you want to print (click on it once, so you
see the box around it that means it's selected).

* Make note of the size (width & height) of the image; these
values will appear on the top tool bar.

* Click on the print button.  Check off the button to just print
"Selection."  Then click on "Properties," enter in the
appropriate width and height - this should be just larger than
the width and height of your image, to make room for printing
the image (round the values you took note of up).

* Select a template (there is a drop-down menu) for power settings
for the laser appropriate for the material you're using.

* Hit "OK."  If a window pops up, asking if you want the program
to do things automatically, hit "NO."

* Now you're back to the print dialog window, so click on the
Layout tab.  Select "centered" (it's a drop-down menu choice).

* Hitting "print preview" will let you see what will print.

* Hit "Print" - when prompted, give your job print job a name.

(8) Go to the Job Control program window.
* The job you just printed from Corel Draw should appear
in the panel on the right-hand side of the Job Control program.

* Select your job, and drag & drop it into the main screen.

* Your image will appear as a box on the screen, and you can
drag and drop the image and/or the laser head (the laser head
is on the screen as a rectangular cross-hairs kind of thing) to
match up the positioning of where the image should actually
be cut/engraved in the laser bed; of course, physically position
the material in the bed to match things up with where the image
will be cut/engraved.

* If the power parameters are not good, double-click on the
background of the main screen of Job Control.  A window will pop
up so you can alter the settings - particularly, the two rows
marking percentages of power for engraving as well as for cutting.
After making any changes, hit OK.

* If you want to see what the engraving will look like, go
to the "View" menu and click on WYSIWYG mode.

(9) Close the cover of the laser cutter.
* Enough said.

(10) Click on the green arrow (on the tool bar up top in Job Control)
to start the laser!!!

(11) Be attentive during the cutting/engraving to watch out for fire.
If stuff catches on fire, open up the cover (this will stop the engraver)
and stamp the flame out.

(12) To get rid of your job from Job Control, right click on the image in
the main screen and hit "remove job" to take it off the screen, but
put it back in the job palette (so you can re-use it!) - if you want
the job altogether gone, click on "delete."

(13) Enjoy your masterpiece.
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