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Laser Cutter

Thunder Laser

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Thunder laser - Nova 35 from ThunderLaserUSA.com

Bed size: 900mm x 600mm x 230mm (35.4” x 23.6”x 9.1”)

100 Watts of Power

Cuts up to 1/2 inch material.




Materials which can be cut include:

  • Plywood
  • Acrylic
  • Paper, card stock, and poster board
  • Vegetable tanned leather
  • Craft foam

All of those can also be etched, meaning an image is burned into the surface. Other materials can be etched, but not cut, like glass, ceramics, or painted metal.

Materials which can not be cut include:

  • Poly-carbonate (it cuts but then melts back together)
  • Metal (It can burn off the protective paint or anodized color, but the metal will not be affected.)
  • Latex
  • Styrene, styrofoam, foamcore (They tend to catch fire, and they also produce lots of sooty residue)

Also, some other materials produce excessive soot, smoke, or fine threads of molten plastic that can clog the exhaust system. The fan is very hard (and dangerous) to clean. Please be aware of what your cut is producing!

Chart of Speeds and Power (Starting point settings. Materials vary, and the laser may be weaker than when it was new.)

Access and Training

Access to the Laser Cutter requires training from a qualified member.

Helpful Links

Thunder Laser video tutorials:
http://www.thunderlaser.com/video

More Thunder Laser information:
Thunder Laser Support

Lightburn documentation:
https://github.com/LightBurnSoftware/Documentation/blob/master/README.md
Lightburn basics:
Walkthrough
Lightburn video tutorials:
https://lightburnsoftware.com/pages/tutorials
A 30 day trial is available at
lightburnsoftware.com
You can buy Lightburn for your own laptop for $30 with a discount code. Ask on Slack. The price is for 1 year. After that, it still works, but it will not update as new versions are released. To set up your copy there is a folder on the desktop of the laser computer with screenshots of the device settings.

Advanced Techniques (ie comparing changing one variable, like Interval or Focus link):
www.thunderlaser.com/video/advanced-tutorial.html

Vector Graphics: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_graphics
Image Formats: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_file_formats

Boxes - folding paper or cardboard: www.templatemaker.nl/
Gears:

Box finger joints: www.MakerCase.com

Boxes.py - wonderful box designs and more. Website and plugin www.festi.info/boxes.py

www.SVGNest.com - nests shapes for efficient cutting

These are supplied at a site of a competitor to the ThunderLaser company that makes our system: Epiloglaser.com “Sample Club”. Lots of practice projects.
www.epiloglaser.com/resources/sample-club.htm

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