Can T2 laser support Z axis and rotation



  • Hi everyone, new to this forum and lasers in particular. Just bought the Eleksmaker A3 pro and like many of you I am alread thinking about upgrades! Particularly Z axis control and rotation. I understand the the T2laser software can control the Z axis, but can it automatically step down the Z axis (for deeper cuts) after each pass?
    Can it control a rotation axis to keep the circumference synced with the axis.
    I am sure to have more questions...


  • Developer of T2Laser Software

    @DavidF Yes. T2Laser supports multi-pass cutting where the depth is dropped for each pass. It also supports a safe height and other common features, the trial is free so take a look and experiment for yourself.

    Yes. T2Laser has rotary axis support as well, this is automatic and will compensate for the circumference setting the correct steps per mm needed.



  • Brilliant! sounds like just the ticket! Thanks for the prompt reply!
    Cheers

    David



  • Sorry forgot to ask. I would need a 5 axis driver for this setup, is there such a thing? I have seen 4 axis, but not 5.
    Any one using 5 axis on an A3 Pro?

    Cheers

    David


  • Developer of T2Laser Software

    @DavidF Avoid the Eleks 4-axis board, it isn't Grbl compatible and will only work with pirate software.

    Grbl doesn't support 4 axis, the way T2Laser operates for rotary is using either the X or Y axis.



  • Ah, So ok for rotary then if it uses the X and Y, assume you just run a second stepper from the driver board?
    Just to be clear, the Eleksmaker A3 pro has 3 steppers for the X and Y axis
    So if the 4 axis board doesn't support GBRL, and gbrl doesn't drive 4 axis, how do you drive the Z axis between multiple cuts?

    Thanks very much,

    David



  • OK, so I think I have found the answer to my own question!.
    From what I see on the bang good web site for the A3 pro is two output drive card the mana se. This has two drivers one of which is a double output for the 2 Y motors.
    For the Z axis add on I would need the 3 output board version which adds another driver for the Z.
    I was getting confused by the fact that the engraver had 3 steppers to drive and would therefore need a 3 axis controller.
    Got it!


  • Developer of T2Laser Software

    @DavidF You are correct. The 2 Y-axis steppers are just in parallel from one driver, one connector has the coils swapped so it goes in the opposite direction. Their 3-axis Mana CNC or a similar board will do what you want.



  • Great, thanks Zax, your customer support is proving to be exemplary!

    Cheers

    David


  • Developer of T2Laser Software

    @DavidF Thanks :thumbsup:

    Of course just having customer support is a bonus, but I also listen to and integrate ideas from users so T2Laser is a collaboration which makes it a much better and more capable software.



  • The laser arrives today so you'll be getting a few questions over the coming weeks I'm sure:-)



  • Hi,

    I have a different thing in mind.

    I am planning to buy a z-axis for my A3 pro. But instead of motor or laser I am planning to use it for hot foil printing. I will attach a pen with a hot nib which will press the foil against the substrate and produce the imprint. I am thinking the z-axis will produce the necessary extra pressure to transfer the foil to the substrate.

    The working principal of hot pen is here
    Youtube Video

    Any Idea if this will work? Will really appreciate a reply from Zax or anyone else.


  • Developer of T2Laser Software

    @Ritabrata-Mukherjee Yes it will work, it's no different to a vinyl cutter (drag knife) or ink pen.



  • Thanks Zax. Will post my experience here.



  • @Zax I have found a rotary axis on the Banggood site that has a standard NEMA stepper but it has a reduction belt. If I am correct in my thinking I should be able to move the connector from the X axis stepper to the Rotary stepper and that would provide me with rotation for the X axis and the Y axis would work normally. I also have ordered a z-axis from Banggood so I will be using the 3 axis controller. Is there a way I can compensate for the step down ratio in T2 Laser? It is a 1:4 ratio(1200 pulses / revolution). Thanks, bor


  • Developer of T2Laser Software

    @Bor Yes, that's calculated and handled automatically in the rotary setup screen.


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