Laser marking Videos, Photos, and Photo examples

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1. How to use the rotary axis? (ROTARY)

Rotary Instructions Instructions for Cobalt Dominator
Rotary Instructions Instructions for Cobalt LT
Rotary Instructions Instructions for Ring Marking

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2. How come the machine didn't mark? (NO MARK, NOT MARKING)

1. Check to make sure the lens cap is removed.
2. Check to make sure the power cord is plugged in. (Yes this does happen)
3. Check incoming power.
4. Check to make sure key switch is on and E-Stop is released.
5. Check to make sure the scan head is in focus. See Video Example Below
Physically measure between your part and the out rim on the scan head lens, to verify the correct working distance. * See working distance chart.
6. Check to make sure all doors are fully closed and adjusted properly.
7. Check to make sure that all of your laser parameters are set correctly.
8. Check to make sure you have the correct fixture type selected. (if applicable, as in LT/Pro)
9. Run software from supplied master CD. (shipped with machine)

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3. How come the part doesn't have an even mark? (UNEVEN MARK, BAD MARK)

1. Clean scan head lens with a Zeiss alcohol swab.
2. Check to make sure the lens is level to your fixture.

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4. How to use the array function in the software?
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How to Copy for an Array

Coping Array

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Linked Array

Linking Array

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5. How to fill in an outlined letter or shape? (FILL, HATCH)

1. Enter you desired text or shape at the correct part height.
2. Select desired fixture type.(if applicable, as in LT/Pro)
3. Select the hatch icon ("").
4. Select enable.
5. Select mark contour.
6. Use the default line spacing of (0.002").
7. Select ok.
8. Select red for the red pointer to verify position.
9. Adjust position if necessary.
10. Select mark.

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How to fill text or an object

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6. How to curve text around a circle? (ROUND TEXT, CIRCLE TEXT, CURVE TEXT)

1. Enter you desired text at the correct part height.
2. Select desired fixture type.
3. Select the font icon ( "").
4. Set ratio to 100%.
5. Exit out and view text.
6. Select the font icon ( "").
7. Check circle text.
8. Enter the desired circle diameter.
Note (aspect ratio of the text must be locked).
9. Enter text.
10. Set text height - Using "Height" value.
11. Select red for the red pointer to verify position.
12. Adjust position if necessary.
13. Select mark.

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How to mark text in a circle

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7. Meaning of the power (A). (PARAMETERS, SETTINGS, POWER, CURRENT)

Power Setting for Pro & LT
10 = 100% power
9 = 90% power
8 = 80% power
7 = 70% power
6 = 60% power
5 = 50% power
4 = 40% power
3 = 30% power
2 = 20% power
1 = 10% power
0 = 0% power

Power Setting for Dominator, XL, Gantry
100 = 100% power
90 = 90% power
80 = 80% power
70 = 70% power
60 = 60% power
50 = 50% power
40 = 40% power
30 = 30% power
20 = 20% power
10 = 10% power
0 = 0% power

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8. What if I accidentally delete something from my page? (UNDO, RECOVER)

1. Click the "undo" button located at the top of the screen ""

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9. How do I insert text? (INSERT TEXT)

1. Click on the text icon on the left hand side of the screen. ""
2. Click on your screen where you would like the text to be located.
3. Change font settings as desired

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How to insert text

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10. How do I insert a vector image file? (VECTOR FILE, INSERT PICTURE, INSERT IMAGE, INSERT VECTOR, ADD VECTOR)

1. Select "file" from the top left corner of the screen
2. Select "import vector file"
3. Browse to where you file is located, and select it
4. Click "open"

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How to Insert a vector image

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11. What types of vector image files can I import? (IMAGE FORMATS, ACCEPTED IMAGE FILES)

Common Files

.ai files (Adobe Illustrator files < Version 8)
.plt (CAD plotter files)
.dxf (CAD Drawing exchange files < CAD 2013)
.dst (CAD Drawing sheets file)

Other Files

.jpc (Point cloud files)
.svg files
.nc .g (G code files)
.bot (gerber bot files)

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12. How do I insert a non-vector image file? (INSERT PICTURE)

1. Select "file" from the top left corner of the screen
2. Select "import bitmap file"
3. Browse to where your file is located, and select it
4. Click "open"
5. Check off "pixel power adjust".
6. Check off "grey" to turn into grey scale.

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Inserting non-vector images

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13. What types of non-vector files can I import? (INSERT PICTURE, IMAGE FORMATS, ADD PICTURE)

.bmp
.jpg
.gif
.tga
.png
.tif

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14. How do I create a barcode image? (CREATE BARCODE, INSERT BARCODE, ADD BARCODE)

1. Click the "draw text" icon. Click on your screen where you would like the barcode image to appear ""

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Barcode Laser Marking


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15. What do the different parameter settings do? (PARAMETERS, CHANGE PARAMETERS, LASER SETTINGS)

1. Loop count: How many times the laser will trace each part of your text/image
2. Speed: How fast the laser will move across the marking surface
3. Current: How much power will be used to mark the marking surface
4. The rest of the settings are for more advanced changes, and not necessary for general usage.

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16. How to mark only selected items. (MARK SELECTED)

1. If you have multiple things on your screen, but only want one of them to be marked by the laser, you can use the "Mark Select" function.

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Selecting Your Mark


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17. How to save marking file (.EZD) for later use? (SAVE)

1. Click the "file" button in the upper left hand corner of the screen
2. Click "save as" and select where you would like to save the file

OR

1. Click the disk icon on the upper left hand corner of the screen

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How to save a file


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18. How to make an object or text an exact dimension? (CHANGE SIZE, RESIZE)

1. Select the object or text you wish to resize
2. Go to the "text" settings on the left hand side of the screen

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How to make an object or text an exact dimension

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19. How to array serial numbers?

1. Insert text, enable variable.
2. Enable variable
3. Add serial number
4. Select array just below the variable text section.

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20. lmc Driver Error

1. Machine must be on before starting software.
2. Insure the USB cable is plugged in.

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21. How to get information from an Excel file?

Rotary Instructions Instructions for Excel files.

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How to import information from an Excel file

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22. Can't find dongle error message.

1. Software dongle isn't plugged into computer.
2. Try different USB port.
3. Close software.
4. Turn machine on.
4. Open software.

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23. How to add additional fonts?

1. Copy and paste any "true type" font into the windows font folder and then restart software.
Rotary Instructions Instructions for on how to install fonts into Windows for Laser Mark Software.

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How to add fonts

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24. How do I install software to a new CPU?

Rotary Instructions Instructions on install software on new CPU.

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25. My .dfx did not hatch properly - What can I do?

1. Go to Modify tab.
2. Curve edit.
3. Auto connect.

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How to use the auto connect feature

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26. Where can I find starting parameters for my materials?

Marking Examples

1. Click (on right hand side of the screen) to uncheck "Use default parameters".
2. Click on "Select parameters library".
3. Click on materials to be marked from the preloaded library and click "Ok".

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27. What happens if I shut off power mid cycle?

1. Close software.
2. Turn on machine.
3. Open software.

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28. Can I open 2 instances of Laser Mark Software on the same computer?

No, due to the software initializing the laser control board on start of software, only one copy of the software can be running at one time.

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29. How can I create an automatic date code?

1. Insert text.
2. Enable variable.
3. Type .1 in text space.
4. Select Add, click date, click "Month".
5. Click Ok.
6. Select Add, click date, click "Day of month".
7. Click Ok.
8. Select Add, click date, click "Year".
9. Click Ok.

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Date_Auto_software.avi

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30. How can I create automatic serialization?

1. Insert text.
2. Enable variable.
3. Type .1 in text space.
4. Select "add".
5. Click "serial number".
6. Click "serial number values". Example: Starting serial number= "0001". Currently="0001". Limit="100".
7. Click Ok.

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Serialization_software

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31. How to get information from a SQL Database?

Rotary Instructions Instructions for SQL Database.

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32. How to create a keyboard input with variable text

1. Insert text.
2. Enable variable text.
3. Select add.
4. Select keyboard.
5. Click ok.
6. Array variable keyboard text if applicable.
7. Click mark.
8. Type in what you want it to mark.

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keyboard input

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