I have been messing around with the 7W J-Tech Laser and Lightburn and come across an issue I can’t seem to find an answer for…When I start the job, the Z axis moves away from the zero point for the burn. The laser fires and on occasion I can get some ugly burn but it isn’t consistent and is generally between 0.25in-1.5inch away (on top of the 1/8th from the provided spacer). I know it is a setting somewhere but I can’t seem to find it.
Lightburn 1.0.04 - Device settings: 32x32, Enable Out of Bounds, Return to Finish, M8, 255 S Max
Onefinity v1.0.8 - Tool: PWM Spindle, max 255, min 0, pwm min 1, pwm max 99.99, pwm freq 1000, rapid auto off check, dynamic power check
Hmmm… there’s an advanced option to add a lead-in (and/or lead-out). This gives the laser time to stabilise before performing the actual cut. The software attempts to put the lead-in outside of your part but it’s sometimes tricky to find a good angle and length for the lead-in.
And it does not look good for engraving, it’s mostly useful for cuts.
It took me a minute to even find that setting option. I am having this issue with Images (generally running threshold or dither style), and fill for lettering. I could only see that option for Line (not selected when I was going through the choices).
For Fill, there is 0 ramp and no Flood Fill. For Images, there is not advanced option available.
Here is an example of the image setup. The power and speed aren’t set as I haven’t been able to run test pieces yet.