Hey everyone, Ikenna here. Wanted to offer everyone a new update on the laser attachment and the progress on the development. I can break down what I’ve been doing into a few categories; design, samples and testing.
- Copper Heatsink: Main design is completed, may make minor changes to offer better component fit.
- Aluminum Heatsink: Main design is completed, may make minor changes to offer better component fit .
- Lens Focus Ring: Main design is completed, testing fit with resin 3D printer before getting samples made.
- Air Assist: Rough design is completed, will need to make major changes once heatsinks are finalized.
- T-mount: Design is completed, if there is time I will redesign a magnetic mount.
- Laser Driver: I have 2 PCB designers working on a laser driver design as we speak.
- Safety Goggles: I currently have samples from 3 different suppliers, I will test each one to ensure we are getting the optical density I need to ensure safe laser operation. Once I know which suppliers have the best quality safety goggles, we will place an order for a few hundred.
- Lenses: I currently have 3 sets of lenses from 3 different suppliers, I will test each one to ensure we are getting the best lens quality when compared to reputable North American lens suppliers.
- Fans: I have a sample set of fans from a very reputable overseas supplier being shipped this week. I am confident this fan supplier will provide high quality parts but if that is not the case, I’m in contact with a few other suppliers that I can work with.
- Software: Lightburn has been my software of choice, very simple, lots of features and reasonably priced. I will also begin using LaserGRBL for testing as it is a free option for customers and I’d like to be able to help with any issues that may arise with these 2 software options.
- Laser Diode: I have been testing the quality of a particular 7W diode and am very pleased so far. I have been keeping current low when running tests but I will be running tests at full power going forward
- Functionality: Currently I’ve been using mix parts from Amazon and North American laser suppliers as a proof of concept but as I get more into the supply chain the goal is to have a prototype that uses all parts from our final list of suppliers.
- April 2021:
- Test lenses at max current
- Test cutting capabilities of G2 lens
- Confirm optical power with laser power meter
- Receive & test sample lenses, heatsinks, driver design, fans & lens focus ring
- Finalize list of suppliers using quality test results
- May 2021:
- Allow pre-orders
- Make last minute design changes
- Finalize all designs
- Order parts in bulk
- Create quality control processes
- Continue testing
- Design and order packaging
- June 2021:
- Quality control incoming parts
- Create assembly guide
- Create troubleshooting guide
- Create project tutorials
- July 2021:
- Product assembly
- Begin shipping pre-orders
- Focus on laser customer service/troubleshooting/community building
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