The Big Laser is Down hard. We need to authorize the purchase of $2000 worth of parts to make the repairs ASAP. Like Tuesday 8/20.
Lead Time for parts from China if we wait two weeks for vote approval gets us to Mid September or later for parts delivery.
Air shipment can be done, but costs are unknown and may not buy much time.
I’ve spent the last few days evaluating the damage and researching part sources on AliExpress. There are several very competitive and competent suppliers for these parts that I have used before.
We have a parts list on the web that currently totals near $1800. Laser Replacement Parts List I will continue to research suppliers in the attempt to get lower costs and better parts. They will go on the list.
There may be more to buy. We won’t know what electronics have suffered invisible damage for some time. Additional Purchases would be authorized in the future.
Please Note: Even if the Hive13 membership authorizes this purchase, The big laser won’t get fixed unless you also volunteer your time to help repair the big laser.
see the Laser TODO. list This is a big opportunity for you as a member to learn a lot about laser cutters. There is a lot more to laser cutters than a laser beam.
If you already have experience with Laser Cutters, we need your help to get this done.
PRO Buying Components ASAP
We can order parts next week for delivery mid September.
By the time the part arrive, we will have time to clean and prepare the carcass and test the electronics.
Assembly of the parts into a working laser can be done in September.
CON Buying components ASAP
We might get a better price on some parts.
Buy New -
A new laser like our Big Laser GWeike LC1512 would probably cost more than the $6500 delivered that it cost in 2015. I’ve asked GWeike for a quote, but they are slow.
I’m betting that we all would like to check out other laser cutter suppliers and prices if we choose to buy a new laser. And if we do, the laser will not be operational very soon at all.
That project needs a leader. It’s not me.
A different Controller for the repaired laser is being discussed. This vote uses the MPC8530S controller and LaserCut2017 that we already own.