The diode laser add-on is equipped with a 5W diode laser. Due to varying wavelengths, it can engrave directly on stainless steel.
*Do not use the touch panel to control the laser head in Maintain mode when the Diode Laser module is mounted. If you want to move the head under Maintain mode, please unlock the motor before moving the laser head to avoid any damage.
1. Enabling the Diode Laser
After installing the diode laser add-on, the diode laser can be controlled in Beam Studio, switching laser types between different layers.
To use the diode laser add-on, go to “Preferences” (Mac: Menu > Beam Studio > Preferences; Windows: Menu > File > Preferences), and select the diode laser option under add-ons. To set the offset values, please refer to step 2.
In “Menu > Edit > File settings”, enabling or disabling the diode laser add-on targeted at single files is allowed.
2. Calibrating the Diode Laser
Before using the diode laser, it requires calibrating to acquire the offset values between the laser heads. The reason is that in the diode laser add-on, the position in which the laser occurs for different lasers varies. Calibration can be activated via “Menu > Machine > ‘Your Machine’ > Calibrate diode laser add-on”. The steps are similar to camera calibration.
3. Switching Lasers
After enabling the diode laser, an additional “diode laser” option can be found in the layers' laser parameter panel. After selecting these options, the diode laser add-on’s diode laser function in the targeted layer will be allowed.
In the layer where the diode laser function is selected, notice that certain parts of the work area are restricted (displayed in grey). The restrictions to the upper right corner are because, in the diode laser add-on, the position in which the diode laser occurs is to the bottom left corner, resulting in a certain part of the upper right corner which cannot be processed. The area restrictions aimed at the bottom left corner are due to the size of the diode laser add-on, which prevents the laser head from reaching that particular area.
Work Area ｜After installation, the diode laser work area will be 230mm x 200 mm; the CO2 Laser work area will be reduced to 250mm x 200 mm
4. Recommended Parameters
Higher power percentages are allowed for the diode laser. We recommend setting the power ratio to 100% for stainless steel and 3~5mm/s for speed.
No Laser Beam Output from the Diode laser head :
- Did not follow the above steps in Beam Studio.
- "Power Rate" is too low. Please set it to "x1.0"
- Diode Laser Module's signal is not connected
Checked the fan on the top of the Diode laser module is working. If it isn't, please check the following:
- Go to touchscreen > Maintain > Press the "Cam led" button. If the fan above the Diode laser module means the signal is on.
- If the Diode laser module is still not working, please contact FLUX Support.