01-Epilog Mini Legend 40Watts laser-cutter

EPILOG MINI 24 (40WATTS)

She is probably THE machine among the (Fab)lab's machines: the Laser-cutter. Our is a Epilog Mini 24.
Let's be clear. She won't cut through metal. But she is a wood and acrylics lover. She cuts and she engraves any 2D cad drawing you like. She can even melt sugar to make objects if you want (but hey! she won't make coffee). She will also help you to make press-fit kits. You could cut paper, cardboard, fabric, leather, and many other materials. Have a look at the list below to make sure your design is doable with our EPILOG. 
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1 – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ?

Software: Corel Draw.
Platform Size: 300 mm x 600 mm / 12 in x 24 in.
Accepted File formats: .svg, .pdf (and more).

2 – HOW TO START ?

Tutorial (in progress):
1 - On the left side of the laser cutter, switch the power on.
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2 - Underneath the table, there is a huge fume extractor. Switch the power on (front side)IMG_0351
3 - Button 9. Turn the laser pointer on by pressing this button.
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4 - You get a message that says "X/Y Off - GO/STOP".
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5 - Button GO. Push this button.
6 - You get another message that says "X/Y Disabled".
7 - Now, you can move the laser's axis manually to set the origin.IMG_0139_2
8 - Use the red pointer to locate the origin point you want.
It can be anywhere on the surface of your material.
Generally we set the origin at the high-left corner (which is the zero) to take full advantage of the material/sheet.IMG_0235
9 - Button 7. Push this button. It will confirm to the laser-cutter the exact location where you want to start the cut. It sets the origin of the cut.
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10 - Now the origin is set. This is where your cut will start.
11 - Now You go back to the computer and to Corel Draw.
13 - You make sure that your file fills the requirements to be cut: No color/only hairlines. For raster-engrave: Fill/No line (I'll show you how to do that later).
14 - You make sure that your material's dimensions fit your drawing. Use the rulers in Corel Draw and on the laser-cutter's bed.
15 - Now you select "print" from the file menu.
16 - A dialog box opens. This is where you will set the parameters of your cut.

3 – WHICH MATERIALS CAN YOU CUT AND/OR ENGRAVE ?

Materials you can:                   engrave:                                         cut:                                             
1 - Wood (MDF, plywood, etc)         yes                                              yes
2 - Acrylic                          yes                                              yes 
3 - Fabric                           yes                                              yes
4 - Glass                            yes                                              no
5 - Coated Metals                    yes                                              no
6 - Ceramic                          yes                                              no
7 - Delrin                           yes                                              yes
8 - Cloth                            yes                                              yes 
9 - Leather                          yes                                              yes
10 - Marble                          yes                                              no 
11 - Matte board                     yes                                              yes
12 - Melamine                        yes                                              yes
13 - Paper                           yes                                              yes
14 - Mylar                           yes                                              yes
15 - Pressboard                      yes                                              yes
16 - Rubber                          yes                                              yes
17 - Wood veneer                     yes                                              yes
18 - Fiberglass                      yes                                              yes 
19 - Painted Metals                  yes                                              no
20 - Tile                            yes                                              no
21 - Plastic                         yes                                              yes
22 - Cork                            yes                                              yes
23 - Corian                          yes                                              yes
24 - Anodized Aluminum               yes                                              no 
25 - Ceramics                        yes                                              no
26 - Stainless Steel                 needs marking solution                           no
27 - Brass                           needs marking solution                           no
28 - Titanium                        needs marking solution                           no 
29 - Bare Metals                     needs marking solution                           no

4 – A (NON-EXHAUSTIVE) CHEAT-SHEET TO RASTER-ENGRAVE OR CUT MATERIALS WITH CORRECT PARAMETERS

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5 – VIDEO EXAMPLE: RASTER-ENGRAVING ON LEATHER