The hybrid laser add-on is equipped with a 5W diode laser. Due to varying wavelengths, it is able to engrave directly on stainless steel.
1. Enabling the Hybrid Laser
After installing the hybrid laser add-on, the diode laser can be controlled in Beam Studio, switching laser types in between different layers.
To use the hybrid laser add-on, go to “Preferences” (Mac: Menu > Beam Studio > Preferences; Windows: Menu > File > Preferences), select the hybrid laser option under add-ons. To set the offset values, please refer to step 2.
In “Menu > Edit > File settings”, enabling or disabling the hybrid laser add-on targeted at single files is allowed.
2. Calibrating the Hybrid Laser
Before using the hybrid laser, it requires calibrating to acquire the offset values between the laser heads. The reason is due to that in the hybrid laser add-on, the position in which the laser occurs for different types of lasers vary. Calibration can be activated via “Menu > Machine > ‘Your Machine’ > Calibrate hybrid laser add-on”. The steps are similar to camera calibration.
3. Switching Lasers
After enabling hybrid laser, in the layers’ laser parameter panel, an additional “diode laser” option can be found. After selecting these options, using the hybrid 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 due to that in the hybrid 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 is due to the size of the hybrid laser add-on, which prevents the laser head from reaching that particular area.
4. Recommended Parameters
Higher power percentages are allowed for the hybrid laser. For stainless steel, we recommend setting the power ratio to 100%, and 3~5mm/s for speed.