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.
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):
5 - Button GO. Push this button.
6 - You get another message that says "X/Y Disabled".
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.
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.
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
5 – VIDEO EXAMPLE: RASTER-ENGRAVING ON LEATHER