So I’ve been working in hardwoods, mostly 1/8," for a year and a half. A TON of them.
Recently, suddenly everything is requiring significantly more power to cut through. I cleaned everything, twice. I replaced the mirror because it had a black dot in the center. I cleaned everything again with water/vinegar mix.
I had decided I’d reached the end of my lasertube’s life, no biggie. Figured before I sent it in for a new tube, they’d ask for a test run on one of the official pieces of wood. Don’t have much left, but pulled one out, blew off the dust… ran the measurey dooly thing.
It worked fine. At significantly lower power than I’d JUST failed to cut a piece of similar wood of exactly the same thickness.
I’ve got some more tests to run when the UIX gets back up and running, but does anyone have any thoughts? I’d put it down to the wood being a bit thicker or something but it’s been across multiple types of and pieces of wood, plywood, even cardboard. Why would it behave differently?
I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of cuts and never have to adjust my power/speed more than 10 or 15 for any of my regularly used wood types. And suddenly I’m having to make adjustments of >50 or even go to double cuts.