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Get Harry the Humungous up and running #753

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KarlDunkerley opened this issue Apr 10, 2018 · 8 comments

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commented Apr 10, 2018

We need to get the latest addition to our laser-powered fleet up and running. Here's what I have discovered so far thanks to simeon.diaz@cct-uk.com who supplied the machine originally;

"The price for the software will be £1565 +VAT + delivery. The price includes the software Aps-Ethos V17 and a USB dongle. The software will allow you to create the designs and send them to the cutter.

It includes 1 year software support if you find any bugs we will try to resolved them.
Our software is backwards compatible but the warranty will be limited considering the age of your machine (2004). In the unforeseen event that Aps-Ethos V17 can’t be fixed to work with your machine we will refund you the cost of the software, after receiving the new dongle."

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commented Apr 10, 2018

I like the name.

I regard this price as utterly insane -- especially given the ethos (pun fully intended) of maker spaces. Do we have any experaince of open source (or even other comercial) options?

I would sugest that priorities for selection would need to include:

  1. compatible with hardware
  2. user friendly and easy to pick up fast given how many users will be involved
  3. fully featured (by some definition)
  4. reliable (not that the old solution is, given the inkscape compatibiltiy issues to name one)
  5. extensable (ie compatible with Sophia and Gerald, should we want to go down that road later)
  6. easilly implemented (at the bottom of the list for a reason, I don't expect that to be very liklely)

A quick search identifies:

LaserGRBL -- Usability wise this isn't great as it reduces us down ot the same workflow that a 3D printer, needs with a separate "slicer" tool. -- I think

Laserweb -- this looks the bomb -- there are some vids on youtube -- uses grbl (or others) on the firmware side, which is fine, but that would mean retrofitting steppers in place of the servoes -- there is liklely a gcode to servo motors firmware option in existance?? -- others around here have more experiance with this than me, so please chip in.

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commented Apr 10, 2018

I've heard on various forums that LightBurn is very good for usability and features eg multiple passes. Also heard it is compatible with quite a lot of kit. There is a trial version and the full version is around £80. All the reviews suggest it is money worth spending. Would be worth a try with the trial version.

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commented Apr 10, 2018

https://lightburnsoftware.com/ supports "most GCode and Ruida based controllers. GCode controllers, including Grbl, Smoothie, and Grbl-LPC, and Ruida controllers, including the RDC6442G, RDC63344, RDLC-320A, and the R5-DSP are among those supported."

https://github.com/LightBurnSoftware/Documentation/blob/master/DeviceWizard.md

What kind of controllers do we have on Sophia and Gerald? They're a pretty common sort, and if they're not in the list, it's very unlikely that this one will be. For obvious reasons, their controller list includes the open source ones (grbl and beaglebone based ones).

One problem is we let plaster dust get into every part of the machinery, it's disgusting. I found the whole thing uncovered one day and thickly layered. Possibly all the belts need taking off and washing. The metal machine tool also got quite a coating as well.

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commented Apr 11, 2018

That's more technical than I am. However, I would like to be part of a laser maintenance crew who work together to keep the lasers in tip-top condition. This would include cleaning Harry the Humungous and getting it going again (do we have a place for it yet?).

I'll probably start a new Somebody Should to see who else is interested.

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commented Apr 11, 2018

This is a duplicate of #607, isn't it? Can someone merge the useful bits from one into the other and then close one of them (add the duplicate label to the one that gets closed for extra credit :-)

I also see that we've already got a Tool: Laser Cutter - Monster (Morris) label, which suggests he's already been named?

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commented Apr 11, 2018

Have now merged comments into #607. Apologies for confusion.

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commented Apr 11, 2018

No worries, easily sorted. Just stops the discussion getting split. Ta!

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commented Apr 17, 2018

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