Laser Cutter - Wolverine
|Remember to always; clean up and return the equipment to a fully functional, safe state before you leave. This includes returning any safety mechanisms to fully working order.|
- Ownership: Roger Slykhouse
- Location: West wall, you can't miss it.
- What it looks like:
- Make/Model: Jinan G. Weike / WKLaser LC1290
- Part Number: not specified
The setup manual, File:OPERATIONAL MANUAL OF MACHINE xin USB.pdf is worth reading, if only for a laugh.
So much grief has arisen from the awful state of the documentation and software, that an entire Chinese laser support forum has arisen for the hapless owners of these machines help each other.
- i3 Members may use this machine ONLY with permission of the owner.
- You must be trained to use this machine.
- There is a consumables fee for this machine of $0.25 per minute (or $15 per hour) of laser-on time. (Check the display on the machine right after your job completes to get the time it ran.)
The only difference between operating Wolverine and operating Bumblebee is that they have a differently-sized pulley on one axis. If you are already set up to use Bumblebee, and want to use Wolverine, open File > machine options > work table. The dialog has controls for X and Y, both of which have the "..." button. You need to click that button for both of them. You'll see "36". Change that to "24". You'll need to change both of them back to "36" to use Bumblebee again.
When focusing, grab a focus-chip and keep one hand over emergency-stop while setting Z. Do two quick jogs up on the Z-axis if you use the auto-focus / Datum feature.
Authorized Users and Trainers
Two good sources of info:
We do not know the maintenance schedule for this machine yet. The tube is warranted for 10 months and eventually will need to be replaced. The glass should be cleaned regularly, and the screw drives for the Z-axis should be checked for lubrication.
Things that Need to be Done
Develop a list of materials, with speed and power settings for various cutting depths. Add bumpers under the lid. Add stringer gas shocks so the lid does not slam shut.
See Bumblebee FAQs