Almost everything you need to know to safely operate the laser cutter
ℹ️ Preventing Information Overload
It may seem like a lot of information, but you will have a printed copy of the Quick Start Guide and the instructor to help you through your first few cuts. As such, take your time to get it right. A calm and relaxed operator is a safe operator. You will have the opportunity to be able to keep cutting under supervision until you can cut safely on your own.
The articles on this page should be refered to any time you are completing an operation, and you aren't certain on how to proceed. It will likely reference the manufactuers Instruction Manual at some points, and it is important to recognise that these articles are designed to completement the Instruction Manual rather than replace it.
- Before your first cut
- Includes requirement to bring a suitable .DXF file to your induction
- Start up procedure
- Using the software
- Material positioning and XYZ alignment
- Finishing your cut
Prospective operators must read all of the important safety messages in the next section before being trained
🚨 Don't read further until you have successfully completed your induction to the laser cutter.
It may contain some contradictory instructions (i.e., exceptions to the rules) that will make learning more complicated than needed.
- The laser head won't move when instructed by the computer (i.e. "border view")
- The laser head moves, but won't cut
- The enclosure is rapidly filling with smoke
- There appears to be a stream of fire following where the laser beam has been
- Edges of cut pieces are slanted instead of cut at 90°
- The laser cuts the material in some sections but not others
- Lines are cutting fuzzier or thicker than normal
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