I’ve been having issues with my Glowforge engraving.
Everything was working perfectly and now I’m not sure.
I’ve cleaned everything and checked for cracks etc. Nothing is wrong.
I engraved gift of good measure and this is what I got…can someone please shed some light on what it could be? I’m hoping it’s a simple fix.
You can see the issue on the 30 and 40
From the look you are getting, some little candle like flames. When that happens the laser does not cut as deep and leave a mess of brown on the surface. Looking at circle number 5 the belt has slipped a tiny amount and that distance could account for the wider marks as well.
I tightened the screws. And still no luck.
I really need this up and running.
Would you recommend cutting the belt and trying to tighten it that way as I can’t tighten it any further with the Allen key.
Here is a picture of a ruler engraving that has always been perfect. I’ve tried it about 10 times and always the same result. It’s not the file as I again, I’ve used it multiple times and never had issues. Looking forward to your responses as I’m drowning in orders.
If the adjustment allowance on that idler wheel didn’t bottom out you don’t need to cut the belt.
What draws my attention is that it only happens in one spot. That suggests to me it is a mechanical issue.
With the machine off, I would slowly move the head back and forth over the full range of motion being particularly attentive to ANY change you feel in the smoothness of the travel. There are a limited number of components involved, Slow, careful examination of them should yield a clue. Include eye-balling the slots in the wheels the belt tracks in.
Thanks so much.
So now I managed to fix that issue with a little belt tightening. But there’s another persistent issue I’ve had with a larger glitch.
It’s happening to everything I engrave lately, and I’ve done these before with no issue.attached are the images.
Please let me know what it could be.
Again, nothing is dirty or cracked. Belt has been adjusted. Glowforge keeps asking me for pictures but have no solution.
Laser off, open the front door and get down so you can see across the cutting board surface and gently roll the gantry forward and the head side to side to ensure the fan shroud of the air assist fan that hangs down below the head clears the surface of the board.