Building a Laser Cutter: Part 4 – Tests and Stability Improvements

The laser cutter is finally ready for testing! After securing the aluminium base plate (before that I had used carton) I powered up the system and sent my first gcode.

Hello World 🙂
Live view from the PC

Improving the Y Carriage

Unfortunately, the lasered lines were rather wobbly. This was because the y carriage was only supported by one shaft. So, I ordered more parts.

From Steplab:

Then, I rebuilt the whole y carriage using the new parts.

The new plan
Carriage is now supported by two shafts

And rejoice, the wobble is gone. I produced some beautiful engravings in the time after that.

You can find the other parts of this series here.

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