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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Full Spectrum $2500 Laser Cutter Unboxing and Review

Nothing Labs now has a laser cutter!

The Full Spectrum 40 Watt Laser Cutter showed up about a week ago.

Here's a video documenting my experience thus far:



Highs:

- It works pretty well!
- Deluxe package really includes everything you need to start cutting for $2500 with shipping
- 40 Watt laser can handle up to 1/4" acrylic / MDF / other stuff
- Documentation does exist - and is mostly decent (you can check this out online)
- U.S. support base / active online forums
- USB support - with "print to cut" style drivers

Lows:

- Manual z-axis is easy to get off-level / difficult to re-align / is generally dodgy
- Air pump (external) overheated and failed after a few hours (fortunately had one on hand)
- "Spotting" laser pointer had a bad connector

In short - I'm quite happy with it.

Update: Full Spectrum says they haven't gotten other reports of air pump failures - and offered to replace mine.

Starting this week - name plates for the Nothing Labs Electronic Cloud Chamber will be laser cut:



Gearbox for speed 400 motor made out of 1/4" acrylic:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Introducing the nothinglabs.com forums

So I've gotten a -lot- of email over the last 18 months or so on two of my projects:

- My electronic cloud chamber (to view radioactivity)
- Open Melt - an open source "translational drift" robotics project

I always welcome the email - but I sometimes feel people might benefit more from talking with each other - than just bouncing ideas / questions off me.

On both of these projects other people have made advances beyond what I initially published online.

So - I hereby introduce the:
nothinglabs.com forums

So go forth and post your cloud chamber videos and questions about spinning robots!