Been a super frustrating last few weeks. All the sudden, a bunch of problems have started and I’m trying so hard to find work arounds but my business is suffering and customers are noticing. I took a huge financial risk and bought this machine with confidence, and had that for over a year! NOW, I’m getting nervous.
Problem 1: began a month or so ago. I believe the problem may be that the motors on the Y axis are not moving perfectly in sync. It SEEMS like it’s creating a binding situation and the entire X axis/arm isn’t staying perfectly perpendicular once it bucks a tiny bit, then it is OFF for the next pass, making cuts misaligned by a degree or two (as if bicycle handlebars have turned a couple degrees). When the machine is off, there is no issue, everything is smooth. This binding/bucking issue seems to only happen when the laser speed is higher, like the motors can’t keep up with the settings.
I've tightened/checked all the belts, cleaned everything best I could, wheels all spin freely. I've reconfigured power and settings to overcome the problem, but I can tell its still bucking a little bit and it's a problem that needs a real solution, not a band aid.
Problem 2: began a couple days ago. Orange/yellow/amber light says my GF is too cold to start. It’s 70 degrees in my garage. So I put a small heater nearby, then inside the GF, it warms slowly, enough that when I put my hand anywhere in the machine, it’s obviously warm inside. Still: ORANGE glow. Finally it turns off, then back on, then off. Heater OFF… I laser a few small bits, it paused due to overheating, maybe 2 minutes in… really??? 5 minutes or so later, it resumes, finishes the 3 minute project.
Now orders are past due, customers are asking about their stuff, and I’m left with a $5000 paper weight. I assume I’ll need to take a bunch of fun pictures of the inside and go through the entire process. I see others doing the same thing, but never see the results as the post gets locked and I move on to look for help elsewhere.
I’m waiting on new lenses to be in stock, some have a few scratches. Maybe I’ll order new belts as well? Not sure if they’re in stock…
EDIT: Sorry if I sound rude, I’m just frustrated and worried.