I have a couple of questions regarding the pass through feature:
First… is this a door/flap? My main question would be if I have poor ventilation control those times when I am cutting on something that does happen to fit all the way inside. I imagine that there is a flap/door, but don’t see it immediately addressed as such.
And while talking about door/flaps… what keeps someone from just cutting an opening for themselves on a basic model? Are there electronics through that space, or other concerns?
The next concern I had was precisely how the laser uses the pass through.
- Insert material, get the current area cut, then machine prompts you to advance the feed, warns you if you advanced too far, continues cut on new stationary section, rinse and repeat until done.
- Insert top of material, machine begins cutting printer style (vertical line segment at a time, instead of continuous arcs/segments and travel time), and you feed the material through constantly, obtaining an error notice if you try moving too fast.
I would imagine #1 is the way it works. Software considerations would make that considerably easier. However, that method relies on being able to hold the material in place in a stable manner (don’t try supporting by hand, especially if it is a huge and heavy object you can barely keep from wobbling).
And #2 has the advantage of being able to be hands off. I can build a conveyer belt rig to push the material in at a set pace, and just walk away for however long the print takes to finish. But again… it fails for the guys doing things manually, since they might jerk the material in such a way to move faster than the cameras can react and disable the laser.