CO2 Laser Development Update Log 1

We’re thrilled to share an update on the progress of our CO2 laser project – introducing the UltraBeam! After nearly a year of development in CO2 laser technology, we’re eager to share what we have accomplished and what we’re currently working on.

Understanding CO2 Laser Technology

The UltraBeam combines CO2 laser technology with a CNC platform, offering precision and versatility. Like a CNC router, it uses computer control, but instead of traditional tools, it employs a CO2 laser beam for cutting and engraving materials with exceptional accuracy. This integration enhances its capabilities, making it a powerful tool for various applications.

UltraBeam Specifications: Redefining Speed, Precision, and Power

At the core of the UltraBeam lies its potent CO2 laser, boasting an impressive optical power of 75W. Surpassing typical diode lasers, this power ensures swift operations, with a maximum speed of 600mm per second. Coupled with its spacious work area of 24 inches by 36 inches, the UltraBeam accelerates project completion and broadens the scope of potential applications.

Imagine the UltraBeam moving at ten times the speed of your average CNC router. This feat is achieved through meticulous optimization of its mechanics, resulting in remarkable agility and accuracy. Experience consistently smooth and precise outcomes with every use, setting new standards in speed and precision.

V1 Prototype

Achieving Consistency Through Rigorous Testing

Before the UltraBeam arrives at your workshop, we’ve undertaken a series of meticulous testing procedures to ensure unparalleled performance and reliability:

Focus Consistency: Meticulous checks to ensure the laser maintains uniform focus across the entire working bed, guaranteeing consistent results regardless of project size or complexity.

Mirror Alignment: Precise alignment of mirrors is crucial for accurate laser targeting. We rigorously test and fine-tune this process to ensure optimal performance.

System Reliability: Stress tests under various operating conditions are conducted to ensure the UltraBeam operates reliably and consistently over time, meeting the demands of your projects.

Regulatory Compliance: Adherence to regulatory standards set by bodies like FCC, FDA, and the European Union is paramount. Rest assured, the UltraBeam will meet all safety and quality standards.

Pre-Production Design Changes

In the pre-production phase, we’re considering several key design changes. One significant decision revolves around the choice between a moving glass tube and a fixed glass tube for our laser system. We’re leaning towards the moving glass tube option due to its potential to facilitate easier laser focusing for end-users.

Y-Axis Speed Considerations

In the context of CO2 lasers, high speed in the Y-axis is optional, as raster engraving heavily utilizes only one axis. The X-axis, being lightweight, is already well-suited for this purpose.

Shipping Priorities

When evaluating the shipping implications of both glass tube options, our primary concern is to prevent any damage to the glass tubes during transit. This consideration takes precedence above all others.

Beam System Enclosure

We’re exploring the possibility of enclosing the beam system. This not only enhances safety but also has the potential to improve cutting performance by minimizing airborne particulates that could interfere with the beam path.

Selection of Linear Bearings

Selecting appropriate linear bearings is another crucial aspect of our design process. These bearings are vital in ensuring smooth and precise movement within the system.

Design for Pre-Assembly and Packaging

One of our main focuses is on designing for pre-assembly and packaging efficiency. However, fitting all components into a single box poses a significant challenge. We may need to ship certain components in separate boxes to accommodate the system’s complexity.

Maintaining Alignment During Transit

A key concern is ensuring that the alignment of mechanics and the mirror/beam system remains intact during transit and handling. This will require careful consideration and possibly additional protective measures to safeguard against any potential misalignment issues.

What’s on the Horizon?

Our goal is to make high-quality laser technology accessible to all users at an affordable price point. We’re diligently addressing design refinements based on received feedback and conducting more testing. We aim to commence pre-orders by the end of summer, with pricing anticipated to range from USD 2,000 to USD 2,500.

Join Us on the UltraBeam Journey

Stay tuned for our next update on the ongoing evolution of the UltraBeam prototype and any progress made toward a more pre-production-ready unit! We’d love for you to join us on this exciting R&D journey, and we’re eager to hear your thoughts. Please take a moment to share your insights through our quick survey. If you’re interested in staying up to date with the UltraBeam development process, feel free to sign up for our email newsletter. For more information on the UltraBeam, click the button below.

Get Your LaserBeam Vortex Riser Mount – Available for Purchase Now!  

The LaserBeam Vortex Riser mount is now available for purchase! It is a new add-on made for pairing with the Vortex. The Riser mount increases the z-axis height of your laser, providing significantly more room for LaserBeam focusing. Additionally, the product allows for more variation in LaserBeam mounting positions and is compatible with all versions of the Longmill router mounts.  Made of premium zinc-coated steel, this rigid and durable mount is the perfect addition to take your rotary laser engraving to the next level.

LaserBeam Vortex Riser Mount

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This mount raises the Z height of your LaserBeam so you have more room to focus the lens. Each LaserBeam Vortex Mount order includes: 1 Zinc coated steel mount 5 M3-10 screws This product uses both the Laserbeam and Vortex systems. For more information on this product, you can view our resources here https://resources.sienci.com/view/lb-manual-vortex-riser-mount/ and…

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We’ve prepared a detailed resource page and a video on assembling and attaching the Vortex Riser Mount to your LongMill. Also,  feel free to check out the additional update to the LaserBeam resources that details how to use offsets in g-sender with the Vortex Riser Mount and a variety of different Sienci mounts. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the LaserBeam and Vortex Riser mount, visit our product page below.

Getting The LaserBeam Back On Track

June 16th 2022 the LaserBeam queue was officially cleared. We will be shipping LaserBeam orders made after June 14th 2022 before the end of this month. We will be focusing on reordering low inventory items, adding spare parts to the shop and updating the software section of the LaserBeam resources. 

If Your LaserBeam Just Shipped:

New In depth Laser Videos: 

If you ever wanted an in depth video guide for the LaserBeam we have just the 3 part video set for you. Our resident contact guru Scott put together these videos to help you get set up with your LaserBeam 

We’ve also included them in the LaserBeam Resources

Moving Forward: 

  • We are working on getting our supply chain into shape 
  • Ordered another 400 Drivers from Makerfabs, we should resume shipping LaserBeams before the end of the month
  • We are doing inventory checks so we can place orders immediately for any low stock parts 
  • We will be posting spare parts and add-ons to the shop: 48×30 Longer Cables, Lens pack, Focus Finders, Air Assist etc. 
  • Lightburn is currently available for purchase directly from us: https://sienci.com/product/lightburn/

LaserBeam Changes: 

  • We will now start shipping LaserBeams with new longer, nylon covered cables. These have been added to any current 48×30 customers who ordered the LaserBeam. 
  • The added length gives 48×30 extension customers the needed added length and provides all other Longmill sizes extra length. We will be adding these to the store for anyone to purchase soon
  • We will now start shipping updated Laser Mounts which are smaller, lighter and easier to mount

 As we wait for the new Driver order, current LaserBeam orders will have a lead time of 2-4 weeks and we will push to lower this. Thank you all for being so patient and supporting the product as well as the company!

Bittele Sent 1oz Boards Again. Makerfab Drivers Waiting To Be Cleared At The Local Center

Bittele has let us down again and in turn I feel like I have let you the customer down. The 200 drivers we received from Bittele were thoroughly tested and were found to be 1oz boards again. We waited a long time for them to rectify their first mistake and have the components moved from the old 1oz boards to new 2oz boards but again we received 1oz boards.

How we tested this:

  • 1oz copper drivers can only provide about 2.5A or 4W of optical laser power and those are the exact values we found when testing these new drivers
  • Next we took samples from 2oz copper boards, 1oz copper boards and the boards we just received under a magnifying tool and we found they match the copper from the 1oz copper. (Top – 1oz copper, middle – boards we received, bottom – 2oz copper)
  • Next we did a 4 point measurement test to get a more solid comparison with the 2oz copper boards, 1oz copper boards and the boards we just received. These measurements so the clear difference in a 2oz copper driver and the ones we just received.
  • Our last test was to guarantee the issues we saw came from the copper and not any components, so we took a 2oz pcb and we swapped all electronic components from the boards we received to the 2oz pcb and this driver worked perfectly. This showed us that the parts were fine and it is 100% a 1oz copper pcb

What are we doing about it?

As you know, we decided to order drivers from Makerfabs just in case anything like this happened. We did, they have shipped 200 drivers and they are currently going through customs clearance in a local sorting facility. We have provided POA this morning and have our invoices ready to be provided as soon as they are requested from us. The estimated delivery date in June 1st but DHL has a tendency to drag customs clearance, so I will be on the phone with them multiple times a day until we get it cleared.

We will go through the same testing process above to make sure they are true 2oz copper driver pcbs and we will ship as soon as they pass testing. Andy pointed out that as soon as those Bittele drivers failed their first test I should have taken a day to update you all, I will make it a point to delivery even the worse news in a more timely manner. We are in the same situation here as I am not happy until you have received your LaserBeam orders and I will not stop working until I get it done.

LaserBeam Drivers Are On The Way!

After a very long wait, we finally have our first set of LaserBeam drivers that have been shipped to us today and we are excited for them to arrive so we can test, assemble and ship orders. 

In order to save time we had Bittele begin shipping partial orders as they were completed. Our first partial order will be 135 drivers that were shipped express earlier today and expected to arrive Friday 20th. If they arrive on time, I will test each driver over the weekend so we can begin assembly and shipping orders next week. I will work as many hours as needed to ensure 135 orders are shipped by Friday 27th.

There are currently 165 LaserBeam orders in the queue and we will be receiving more partial driver orders before the end of the month in order to finish fulfilling the queue of orders. 

Going forward, over the next few weeks we will receive another 265 drivers (not including this first 135 drivers) and another 400 drivers from MakerFabs. This gives us enough stock for the rest of the year, which gives us time to continue to streamline the supply chain, make more informational laser videos, start posting replacement parts on the shop and design other products around the LaserBeam ecosystem. 

As always, we appreciate the support and patience.

LaserBeam Driver Delay Update

This update is for all LaserBeam customers that have not received their orders. 

Most of you probably know that we have been dealing with supply chain delays for the past 3 months and recently that delay came to an end. That is the good news, copper heatsinks and power supplies arrived and the laser diode assemblies have been assembled. 

The bad news is Bittele, our pcb manufacturer, manufactured our drivers on 1oz copper pcbs instead of our requested 2oz copper pcbs. This will cause a delay for LaserBeam orders shipping out. 

The details: 

  • We cannot ship out drivers with 1oz pcbs, this will cause the voltage regulator and other key components to operate out of safe specifications
  • Bittele and their team is committed to rectifying this mistake
  • This will delay the driver shipment by 20-25 days which delays the LaserBeams shipping out

What we are doing about this:

  • Bittele has been instructed to remake all pcbs with 2oz copper
  • Bittele has been instructed to disassemble all components from the 1oz copper pcbs 
  • Bittele has been instructed to reorder all generic capacitors and resistors that cannot be disassembled from the 1oz copper pcbs
  • We will place a completely new order for 200 assembled drivers with PCBway in the hope that they can potentially manufacture and ship drivers before Bittele can.
  • Both this new order and our delayed order will give us 6 months of driver stock so that we can avoid this type of delay from ever happening again. 

Like always, if you cannot wait for the new drivers to arrive for any reason. Please send in a ticket requesting a refund, we completely understand. Feel free to reorder when we begin shipping product. I appreciate the support of all customers. 

Contact us here: https://sienci.com/contact-us/

LaserBeams Have begun Shipping this Monday – Resources will be Live Thursday end of day

Hello all Laser customers, Monday December 20th we began shipping our LaserBeam pre-orders out. I am working everyday to make sure we can get our first 300 pre-orders out the door before the end of the year.

I will be in the office next week, testing, packing and shipping LaserBeams.

I made the decision to begin shipping before our resource section was live because I did not want to delay shipping while I finished our resource section.

Each laser and laser driver is tested before shipping and I will have resources posted before Thursday end of day.

For now I will be providing the User/Safety Manual pdf with our tutorial video that was made for the Youtube Channel earlier this year for those who have received your Laser before Thursday.

I appreciate you all for sticking with this project and I’m still working hard until you all have Lasers and resources.

Cheers,

The Final Stretch! Laser Update

Completed Milestone

Over the past few weeks we have finalized our design for the driver case, air assist and laser shield. We have placed an order with a local PCB manufacturer, and they are on track to complete our laser driver PCB December 17th. Our focus now is to have all parts packed and assembled so that when the driver PCBs arrive, it will be the only part of the laser to assemble, pack and we can begin shipping. 

The specific milestones below have been completed since the last update:

  • Ordered our driver PCB Assemblies in bulk
  • Finalized our design for the driver case, air assist and laser shield and begun production on these parts
  • Completed FDA submission documents

The roadmap for the rest of the month is as follows:

  1. Receive completed driver PCBs [Dec 17th]
  2. Test drivers [Dec 18th-19th]
  3. Begin driver assembly and shipping [Dec 20th-23rd], shipping out our first 300 LaserBeam pre-orders

Next Tasks

Regulations

  • Our FDA submission documents are being reviewed and will be sent out December 13th  

Production

  • Get final packaging foam prototyped and cut     
  • Continue 3D printing and laser cutting parts

Assembly 

  • We have assembled 300 laser diode assemblies (which includes the heatsinks and laser diode, not the driver)
  • We have received our steel laser mounts and will assemble to the laser diode assembly with compliant safety and product stickers  
  • Assemble the PWM signal cable, the last cables to be assembled
  • Pack and label AC cables and power supplies

Remaining Milestones

  • FDA Report Reviewed and Submitted [Dec 13th]
  • Assemble driver PCB enclosure [Dec 17th]
  • Test each LaserBeam system [Dec 18th-19th]
  • Pack LaserBeams [Dec 20th-23rd]
  • Ship LaserBeams [Dec 20th-23rd]

Ordering Additional Safety Glasses & Lenses: 

Check out the link above if you need to order additional LaserBeam accessories that you didn’t order in your original LaserBeam preorder. You won’t be charged any additional shipping and your order will be combined with your LaserBeam Pre order! 

Sienci LaserBeam Pre Order:

Place your Sienci LaserBeam Pre order here:  https://sienci.com/product/laser/

Answering your FAQ: 

Send your Laser Questions Here: https://sienci.com/contact-us/technical-help/

Check out our LaserBeam FAQ video, I take all your unanswered questions from the LaserBeam livestream and try to give you guys more clarity on the LaserBeam add on. 

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Testing Complete, Ordering Drivers in Bulk & Filing with the FDA

Completed Milestone

We have received our rough report from the testing facility and our main product design has successfully passed as a laser component. In order to qualify as a laser component, we had to remove continuous maximum power mode, which makes the LaserBeam reliant on the PWM signal that comes from the Longmill controller. Thus the driver design is officially completed!

The specific milestones below have been completed:

  • Pass IEC 60825-1 tests
  • Receive testing report

Next Tasks

Supply Chain and Regulations

  • Place an order with a local PCB manufacturer to make and assemble board components  with short lead time
  • File all reports with the FDA (we do not need to wait for report review before shipping out lasers)  

Design

  • Finalize the design for the driver case and air assist   
  • To increase user safety, we plan to design a simple laser shield that can help avoid laser radiation from interacting with the user

Assembly 

  • Currently assembling our laser diode, heat sinks and cooling fan
  • Then will finish adding connectors to the driver fan, laser assembly and laser diode extension cable
  • Finally, will package up the power supply

Remaining Milestones

  • Order our driver PCB Assemblies in bulk 
  • File FDA reports
  • Assemble driver PCB enclosure 
  • Test each LaserBeam system
  • Pack LaserBeams 
  • Ship LaserBeams

Ordering Additional Safety Glasses & Lenses: 

Check out the link above if you need to order additional LaserBeam accessories that you didn’t order in your original LaserBeam preorder. You won’t be charged any additional shipping and your order will be combined with your LaserBeam Pre order! 

Sienci LaserBeam Pre Order:

Place your Sienci LaserBeam Pre order here:  https://sienci.com/product/laser/

Answering your FAQ: 

Send your Laser Questions Here: https://sienci.com/contact-us/technical-help/

Check out our LaserBeam FAQ video, I take all your unanswered questions from the LaserBeam livestream and try to give you guys more clarity on the LaserBeam add on. 

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7W LaserBeam Sent Off For Testing

Completed Milestone

On November 2nd we sent off our 7W LaserBeam product for independent testing. With the help of the test project coordinator, we will ensure that our product meets all Class 4 laser product requirements. That could mean making changes to the driver design and/or improving our safety/user manual. 

Next Tasks

Safety and User Manual

While we wait to hear back from the test project coordinator we will continue to have our packers assemble parts that we are confident in, and would not be affected by the results of the testing. 

Parts to assemble: 

  • Laser diode extension cord 
  • PWM signal cord
  • Laser diode heat sink assembly 
  • Laser cooling fan

As we wait for updates from the independent testing facility, we will continue to plan ahead for Batch 2, to avoid future delays in shipping. Batch 1 includes the first 300 pre-orders, scheduled to deliver by end of the year. 

Supply chain tasks:

  • We will be upgrading our acrylic router mount to zinc plated 10GA sheet metal
    • This will further reduce any vibrations that come from the laser cooling fan or LongMill movement
  • We will begin ordering more parts for Batch 2 of the LaserBeam production, which should take 1-2 weeks
    • Copper heat sinks
    • Safety glasses
    • A/C power cables
    • Laser diodes
  • Once the Laserbeam passes testing, we can order the driver PCBs

Remaining Milestones

  • Pass IEC 60825-1 tests
  • Receive testing report
  • Order our driver PCB Assemblies in bulk 
  • File FDA reports
  • Assemble driver PCB enclosure 
  • Test each LaserBeam system
  • Pack LaserBeams 
  • Ship LaserBeams

Ordering Additional Safety Glasses & Lenses: 

Check out the link above if you need to order additional LaserBeam accessories that you didn’t order in your original LaserBeam preorder. You won’t be charged any additional shipping and your order will be combined with your LaserBeam Pre order! 

Sienci LaserBeam Pre Order:

Place your Sienci LaserBeam Pre order here:  https://sienci.com/product/laser/

Answering your FAQ: 

Send your Laser Questions Here: https://sienci.com/contact-us/technical-help/

Check out our LaserBeam FAQ video, I take all your unanswered questions from the LaserBeam livestream and try to give you guys more clarity on the LaserBeam add on. 

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https://sienci.com/2021/10/22/almost-ready-for-independent-testing/