I spent over an hour cleaning the machine. Trying to fix this.
The laser head is either getting stuck or skipping. but I THINK it’s just going too fast for it’s own good. The settings are at full power and 485 speed, but it’s like when the small details get too fine, it is tripping over itself. Then my 3 passes aren’t aligned and my product is ruined.
It’s almost like the left and right motors moving the arm up and down aren’t timed right. Causing binding when the arm gets tweaked a bit.
Vertical belts are not loose. Horizontal one isn’t tight but doesn’t seem overly loose. No teeth in any belt show wear or damage. With the machine powered off, I can freely move the arm and head all around. However, I can easily tweak/twist the head/horizontal arm to NOT be aligned, meaning the left and right sides can be a few teeth (on the gears) off. It realigns if I release it, but shouldn’t it NOT allow itself to do that so easily?
Is it possible my design is too detailed and the speed setting is too high? I only really notice this on higher detailed designs. I haven’t had any error messages, so not sure if that means it’s more a mechanical issue than an electronic one. When it skips or bumps itself, you can see the whole machine move a tiny bit. SOMETIMES it skips but doesn’t get misaligned, other times, it skips and then it is off. It seems to be the left belt/area as the culprit.