T2 Laser and Ebay lasers
Has anyone had any success using T2 to control one of the generic $400 40 watt CO2 lasers from ebay?
Any tips or advice?
@eleksuser I've had my 40W CO2 since '08, the controller board died so I replaced it with an Eleks L6 (which would now be the Mana CNC). It works great with T2Laser now, and I also added a Z-axis motor for focusing.
If it's working I wouldn't replace the board, but if/when it fails the replacements are expensive so that would be a good time to consider it.
So, if I understand you correctly, The board it has now will not work, but I can can replace it with "EleksMaker® Mana 3 Axis Stepper Motor Controller Driver Board" and I'm good to go?
Correct. The current board, if anything like mine is proprietary and only works with their driver.
The Mana SE (2 axis) would work too, I only used the L6 at the time as I wanted to add the z-stage motor.
The motors aren't too difficult to connect, I took the connectors from the old board and used those to wire it up. The laser power on mine is controlled by a pot on the front panel so I only have on/off control, but some of the newer machines have a TTL input power supply for the laser driver. I only use it for cutting so it doesn't matter.
I would add, the software my machine came with (NewlyDraw) wasn't great so T2Laser was a huge improvement but the newer systems have a Corel driver and work much better (I have a friend with one and he's happy using that for now, until the board dies).