Sam's Laser FAQ - Home-Built Nitrogen (N2) Laser Back to Home-Built Nitrogen (N2) Laser Sub-Table of Contents . Other Examples of Home-Built N2 Lasers Well, this one probably wasn't actually built at a home but close enough. :) The following is from a paper by Bruno Godard entitled: "A Very Simple High Power Large Efficiency N2 Laser", May 1973. The copy I have is from the "Laboratoires De Marcoussis, Centre De Recherches De La Compagnie Generale d'Electricit, Departement Recherches Physiques de Base, Section Sources d'Ondes Cohrentes", 91460 - Marcoussis France. Thanks to Jon Singer ( email@example.com ) for locating this paper.
Lasersaur Lasersaur The Lasersaur is an open source laser cutter. We designed it to fill the need of makers, artist and scientist who wanted a safe and highly-capable machine. Unlike others it comes fully loaded with knowledge to run, maintain, and modify. Since its conception, Nortd Labs and the Lasersaur community has generated knowledge to develop a comprehensive system. We have specifically focused on laser cutting, software, and making the building process repeatable.
Homemade CNC Router The Builder's Guide (FREE!) This guide is still under construction! Sections Introduction My Experience About Kits and Plans About This Guide The Guide Starts Here IntroductionSo you've decided to build a homemade CNC router or maybe youre just considering it, but where do you start? There are many advantages to owning a CNC router.
DIY CO2 Laser Cutter For Sheet Metal Would you like to build a CO2 laser cutter similar to this? That can cut things like this: Instructables has an exceptional step-by-step guide as to how to go about it. As the introduction states: The general idea of this CO2 laser system is that a beam is directed down to a part for cutting. The part sits on a computer controlled platform which moves the piece around the stationary laser beam. Wiki edit is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab)move is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab)read is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab) About | Development | Community | RepRap Machines | Resources RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine.
MikesCNCShop The design I am using was found on a forum at www.cnczone.com. This design has several nice features. It uses MDF for the frame and black pipe for the axis guides. The linear bearings are made from aluminum angle and roller skate bearings and the lead-screws are 1/2-10 acme-threaded rod. All of these items are readily available and easy to cut and assemble. I will need to modify the design for my specific space requirements. Builders: Boot-strappable Open Laser Cutter Hi folks, I thought I'd take a second to make a quick post about a bootstrappable open laser cutter design that I've been working on. I know I haven't posted relating to the Open Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Project much after the Reciprocating Laser Cutter. Much of my lack of work on the project was due to our local hackerspace moving over the course of several months (when I had to help construct the new space), before quickly having to finish my PhD and begin a postdoc. I love having access to a laser cutter. One can construct rather large items fairly quickly, and the materials available (like acrylic) mean that not only will one's creations be structurally sound, but they'll often look wonderful too.
Cool Stools: Wood Sawdust Upcycled into Funky Furniture Anyone who has worked on anything in a wood shop knows that the sawdust goes everywhere and gets in everything, and at the end of the day all of those wood shavings and particles need to be gathered up and something has to be done with them – but what? Industrial designer Yoav Avinoam has created an incredibly low-tech do-it-yourself solution for upcycling all of this wooden excess into something simple but functional – a series of stools and a bench that require little work and even less precision to assemble. The best part, of course, is that wood shavings are normally found in workshops where the few tools required to assemble such a piece of recycled furniture are readily available – some wood glue, a few clamps, excess boards, sticks or scraps for legs and you are ready to built your own.
Home Built CNC Laser Build Log Home Built 40W CNC Laser Project Overview Note: This design has been superceded by the 2.x Laser. There is a blog post on it, information on the wiki and a lot of discussion on the forum. This was designed as a "self replicating" laser cutter engraver'. What this means, is all of the high tolerance complicated parts can be made on a laser cutter.
Mantis 9.1 CNC Mill - Make Your Bot! The Mantis 9.1 design is a radical departure from version 8 and earlier. Most notably, the part count has been almost halved! The current design has 13 parts, all of which can be made with a handsaw and a drill press. Also, I've traded away my alignment free exactly-constrained design for extra stiffness. DIY CNC Intro.. I've wanted to make a CNC router for some time now. I first used a cnc router a few years ago when I worked for a jigsaw making business, we had one cnc router and two small laser cutters. Dank Grbl is a free, open source, high performance CNC milling controller written in optimized C that will run on a straight Arduino. Get the code at Github | Follow Grbl on Twitter MIT Center for Bits and Atoms designed a beautifyl snap fit CNC machine controlled by Grbl. Nortd Labs runs their open source laser cutters with a Grbl-based firmware Who shoud use Grbl Makers who do milling and need a nice, simple controller for their system (and who can handle the lack of a user friendly, graphical client) People who loathe to clutter their space with legacy PC-towers just for the parallel-port Tinkerers who need a controller written in tidy, modular C as a basis for their project.
Lasersaur: Open Source Laser Cutter by nortd » Updates The good news is, we are now onto v0.3 of the Lasersaur system! Check out the video! (and for ongoing build documentation) There is still some waiting for parts (specifically limit switch mounts, laser tube mounts, paneling etc) until what we hope will be the final testing before we can finalize the alpha kits! The goal is for the kits to be shipped to backers by mid-March and have the community up and running sometime around then as well.