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Offline mk_

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #50 on: April 10, 2024, 07:37:21 am »

Any ideas how to solve this? I guess question is how to convert Gerber files into LMD/LPR/HPGL format, even with CircuitCAM and Board Master process was automated between.


Sorry for the delay - did you solve your problem?

 

Offline rsaxvc

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #51 on: April 23, 2024, 04:25:52 am »
Hi! I'm a Protomat S42 owner, hopefully soon to be operator.

@rodsolder, my machine came second-hand with a few boxes from Think & Tinker's bits, available from Colorado, USA, at https://www.precisebits.com/ . I haven't gotten my machine up so can't vouch for them, but they are cheaper than LPKF bits.
 

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #52 on: April 29, 2024, 01:16:16 am »
I've noticed the local harbor freight tools carries 20-pack of what appear to be compatible 38mm carbide drill bits, up to 1.1mm diameter, $7. No testing yet.
 

Offline Jay_Diddy_B

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #53 on: April 29, 2024, 01:59:12 am »
Hi! I'm a Protomat S42 owner, hopefully soon to be operator.

@rodsolder, my machine came second-hand with a few boxes from Think & Tinker's bits, available from Colorado, USA, at https://www.precisebits.com/ . I haven't gotten my machine up so can't vouch for them, but they are cheaper than LPKF bits.

I have been using these bits for the last 10 years in my protomat c60. They are great. Highly recommended.

The c60 doesn't use the depth collars so the bits have to be the correct length. Some of the low cost bits I have bought from eBay have been the wrong length.


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Offline rsaxvc

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #54 on: May 10, 2024, 02:28:04 am »
Thanks Jay - that has been my(much shorter) experience as well. The LPKF and T&T bits work well so far. I did get bits from a couple more suppliers too. I should put some holes in an aluminum block to build a little plastic locator ring adjuster.

The Harbor Freight Warrior Carbide Rotary Micro Bit Assorted Set(Store SKU 62379, 44924) were uniformly rung differently from LPFK ringing. At full Z depth, they would barely drill the bed. About half had nice ring labels.

I ordered a few different mill and drill kits from AliExpress. These were all labeled "XCAN Qualified 107" through Hangzhou Xuchuan Trading Co Ltd. Unlabeled rings. No three were rung to the same depth.

In other news, I believe I found my 2.95mm x 43mm reference drill bit, and measured it against my LPKF starter pack 2.95mm x 38mm drill bit(apologies for the freehanded couch-drawn diagram).
« Last Edit: May 10, 2024, 02:30:13 am by rsaxvc »
 

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #55 on: May 10, 2024, 03:38:21 am »
3.17mm equals  1/8"  These collars should give You adjustment. You have a choice for style and material:

https://www.mcmaster.com/products/collars/system-of-measurement~metric/system-of-measurement~inch/shaft-diameter~1-8/
Any five fifty five will do ......
 

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #56 on: May 10, 2024, 12:23:53 pm »
Think n Tinker will set the depth rings to Your specifications, all You need do is tell them which machine You are operating.
 

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #57 on: May 14, 2024, 03:41:45 pm »
Anyone here using an older Protolaser S, either first generation or the Protolaser S1.3?  I picked up Protolaser S1.3 a while back and have been working on getting in back into service as time has allowed over the last few months.  I'm at a point where I'm about 90% there, but would like to bounce questions off someone that has used one, especially if you've had maintenance and/or recalibration done by LPKF.  I'd like to know what Ophir power meter they are using for output power calibration and what normal laser warmup output power values look like.
 

Offline Awilliams684

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Re: Fellow LPKF equipment users?
« Reply #58 on: June 07, 2024, 09:35:19 pm »
We have a 2012 ProtoLaser S, opted not to have LPKF calibrate it although they tried to sell me on why it was required. I did the focus and scan field calibration when we first got our unit. From what service told me when the laser warms up I belive it ramps to full power after several minutes then ramps back down to what ever the last setpoint that was used is. I think our unit ramps to like 18.3 watts or something like that (service indicated this was normal).

I guess the newer S units have a power meter built into them from what I was told.
 


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