Unofficial 3dpBurner Instruction Manual

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Unofficial 3dpBurner Instruction Manual by highground May 7, 2016


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This is an unofficial PDF guide to operating and using Villamany's excellent 3dpBurner laser cutter/engraver (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:610934). I've published this as a way to help others starting his project get an understanding of some of the concepts and abilities of the device - please be sure to checkout Villamany's website http://3dpburner.blogspot.com and upgrade to 3dpBurner 2!

I'm certainly no expert at this machine or laser cutting/engraving - and my techniques may or may not be the best or easiest way to accomplish things - so please feel free to let everyone know if there's a better way. It did take me quite a while to research and produce this manual, so I do hope it helps.

Use at your own risk - I take no responsibility for missing eyes or damage to your equipment - this is a guide only, and accuracy is not guaranteed. I originally made this to assist other users of my machine (and to jog my own memory...).

I'd also suggest if you have some settings for certain cutting or engraving of items, please post them in the comment for everyone to share! Good luck and have fun!

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Great post! thanks thomas

Hi! Ai made one, and I have a litle problem. When the laser is on, is always in low power. I changed the fator between 0 & 255 in the 3dpburner but its the same thing. Any ideia? Thanks friend!

Thank you for taking the time to put this together! It has been incredibly helpful, especially with entering into the world of vector design and CAM.

Thanks Norton, appreciate the comment. I hope to soon update this and add further advice on some other tricks I haven't covered yet in the hopefully not too distant future.

Going the vector route with Cambam, is there a way to have different line colors control different laser intensities? For example, if I'm cutting cardstock and I want certain lines to cut all the way through, and certain other lines to be score lines for folding.

Yes you can definitely do that. I haven't used it for a few months though so off the top of my head I don't recall the best way. I'd look around some forums, if I get a chance e next week I'll have a look and perhaps look at updating the manual with the same. Sorry I'm not much more help right now.

Thanks for the awesome guide, made it so easy to setup cambam.

Glad it helped! Cheers

Glad it helped! Cheers

cambam doesn't switch laser off when traversing. somethig ive not set or have to live with it?
this will rule it out for me if i cant sort it

I am having the same issue. Did you ever come up with a solution for this? I would be happy to blame it on something like the PWM from the Arduino, but when I manually reduce the laser power it does not seem to etch any lines, even with a longer linger time? Problem seems to be from CAM software?

It definitely turns off for me.... I'd say there's an issue with a command on either your arduino or on cambam itself... I'm not able to look at it further for a few weeks sorry but I'd suggest asking in the main 3dpburner comments.

No problem, happy to help!

I just wanted to thank you for this guide. Good job!

Really excelent work!
Thanks for sharing.

Just returning the favour! Any plans for new upgrades or mods in the future? :-)

For the moment working on the sender app. The goal is a more sable and simple to use app.

No issues reported since latest hardware parts. So the V2 seems to works really fine for users.

Great, it works perfectly fine for now thankfully though but look forward to an update in the future!
Perhaps a suggestion to consider if it's not too hard to implement - a visual display as to where the zero is set on the workplane? (eg rectangle showing bed with an "+" or similar on middle etc. That's the main thing I sometimes have problems with - forgetting that I've zeroed elsewhere and then pressing a shortcut location (which are also really great, thanks).

Yes, i will try to add on future version.

Had a quick look at the latest version, it looks great, haven't had a chance to use it however yet though.
One thing I did find with the old version was that the STOP button, being red, completely disappears when you wear red safety glasses! Quite funny, but perhaps even change the text to black in a future version may help.

Thanks for all your updates! I have a height measuring design which I've made (pretty rudimentary, but works) that I'll upload soon as an add on.