I’ve noticed that recently my engraves have been coming out a lot “crunchier” than normal. It looks like there’s a slight alignment issue or something along the x-axis.
The file is an SVG with bitmap embedded at 600 dpi.
I recently replaced my laser head carriage (the thing that holds the laser and moves laterally)… that’s the only thing I can think of that’s causing this issue. I’ve also had to replace the right side spindle for the laser head carriage’s belt because it snapped into pieces.
Now… while I did replace the spindle, I noticed it’s slightly larger(?) than my original one because when I tightened it in place, firmly pushing it to the right to keep the carriage’s belt tight, I can no longer remove the belt (in order to access the air assist fan) without loosening that spindle all over again. The belt simply won’t squeeze through the space between the edge and the spindle.
If that makes any sense?
Anyway… do I need another part replacement? Am I missing a step in preparing images to be engraved? The misalignment is so minor, but I do a lot of highly detailed engraves and this issue is really frustrating.
EDIT: I just checked the belt tension following the demo in the instructions… when I press on the belt, the opposite side shouldn’t move, right? It doesn’t, but there’s a SLIGHT shift sideways, but it doesn’t “wobble” towards the part of the belt I’m pushing on. Does that mean the tension is still ok? 'Cause I literally can’t tighten the tension any more than it already is.