Service videos, basic self help documentation

Videos and supporting documentation that can help you easily diagnose or alter certain parameters on your machine. 

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CO2 Laser Support

CO2 Laser support and tips.

Kerf Adjustment Using Lightburn

To get better fitting components that are cut on your CO2 Laser, you may need to adjust the ‘Kerf’ by using compensation within the Lightburn software.

Download the ‘Kerf test’ lightburn file and jigsaw file to follow our video tutorial.

Mirror Cleaning Process On Your Lasertech

Keeping mirrors clean on your CO2 Laser cutter is an important, daily maintenance task that should be completed carefully.  This ensures that your CO2 laser can fire the beam onto clean mirrors, reducing the risk of bad cuts and damage to the mirrors. 

This simple task will help to keep your laser running in an optimum state. (remember to place your mirrors back in the correct way after cleaning).

How to create a 'lead in' using Lightburn

Part of our Lightburn quick tip series. Find out how easy it is to create lead in cuts on your projects for a better finish. 

Using lead in lines on your laser projects allows the machine to start on a point within the waste part of your material.

How to set up Lightburn before you receive your laser

Simple tutorial on how to set up Lightburn by downloading the trial and investigating the software features before you receive your machine.

How to fit the chuck to a rotary device

Short set up guide for fitting a chuck to your rotary device. Lasertech CO2 Laser.

How to set up your rotary device

Quick help guide on how to set up your rotary device on a Lasertech CO2 Laser.

How to set up basic photo engraving using Lightburn

Looking to engrave photos onto materials using your Lasertech with Lightburn. Here’s a quick guide on how to set up Lightburn without having to use Photoshop or an online service.

Setting speed and powers in Lightburn

Quick guide on how to set up your layers, speed and power settings using Lightburn.

How to change the bed size in Lightburn

If you need to set the size of your bed (for example if you have upgraded to Lighburn) this guide will help you do just that.

Deactivating a Lightburn license to move to another PC

Moving your Lightburn license to a new PC due to upgrading is a relatively easy process. Follow this easy guide.

How to adjust autofocus

If your machine comes with autofocus, this guide will show you how to adjust the parameters.

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CNC Router Support

CNC Router support and tips.

CNC Router Vacuum Bed/Sacrificial Surface Best Practices

The concept of a vacuum bed is to pull together the surface of the component/board being processed, to the surface of the sacrificial board, creating lateral ‘friction’ between the two surfaces.The more surface area in contact, the more lateral grip can be achieved.

Large Surface area = more ‘grip’

Porous products tend not to ‘seal’ as well as ‘Non Porous’ such as Acrylic for example, as air can pass through them  but these tend to have a ‘rougher’ surface creating  more friction between the sacrificial board and the product, compensating. 

Alternatively Non porous materials i.e.Acrylic, ‘seal’ better so more pull down force is achieved to compensate for the smoother surface.

The correct size of neoprene gasket must be used, and one single length ‘per zone’, limiting the amount of joins to just 1, where air can be sucked through losing pressure applied to that zone when the component is placed above. Therefore restricting the flow, creating the ‘pull down required. It is important that the channels are completely free of debris and the neoprene gasket is not ‘stretched’ to fit in the perimeter channel, as this reduces the diameter of the seal causing an uneven surface for the sacrificial board to sit on. 

The seal must be laid over the perimeter groove of each zone and firmly pushed directly ‘down’ into the groove. When the perimeter is complete, the seal must be carefully cut and ‘butted’ together to complete the seal.

When the sacrificial layer is placed on the seal and the vacuum is switched on, the sacrificial board compresses the gasket if the zone is sealed correctly.

Once all Zones have the gasket fitted correctly the vacuum can be switched on and all pipework joints can be checked for leaks that may be causing a pressure drop in the circuit.

Again the concept of each ‘zone’ is that air can only flow through the fibres of the MDF within the area of that zone and directly in contact with the component being processed above. This effectively seals the circuit and affords maximum pull down on the component creating the lateral friction required, allowing the Vacuum pump to do its job.

In order to ensure the best possible lateral grip on the component, it is essential that both sides of the sacrificial surface are skimmed. This removes the ‘skin’ created during manufacture and increases air flow through the fibres of the MDF. This also ‘levels’ the sacrificial surface for accurate machining depth. You can purchase special tools for this from around £100 which save a considerable amount of time on large bed surfaces.

General CNC Router Maintenance

Your Mantech CNC Router will provide you with years of productive service if maintained correctly. To aid with this there are a range of daily, weekly, quarterly and yearly maintenance steps that should be undertaken, the below is based upon a 45 hours per week production cycle.

Daily Maintenance

The following maintenance tasks should be completed at the beginning of a production shift on your Mantech CNC Router:

  • Wipe down guide rails, clean out racks and re-grease
  • Keep the table and general machine surface clean and tidy before and after use
  • Remove, clean and inspect cutters to ensure they are in usable condition

Weekly Maintenance

The following should be completed at the start of your shift on a weekly basis:

  • Complete all daily tasks
  • Clean the CNC thoroughly to remove and excess grease grime and swarf
  • Check and clean the filters on your vacuum pumps and cabinet
  • Check oil levels in the lubrication system and fill if necessary
  • Check your accessories general operation and cleanliness including your dust extractor and the optical surface of your light guards

Monthly Maintenance

The following maintenance tasks should be completed at the end of the production shift on your Mantech CNC Router:

  • Complete all weekly tasks
  • Grease all of the linear bearing cars including clean and lubrication of rotary bearings where accessible
  • Clean any racks and screws with a scrub brush and degreaser

Quartely Maintenance

The following tasks should be undertaken at the end of  the last shift on a quartely basis:

  • Complete all weekly tasks
  • Remove X & Y axis motor covers to inspect transmission or gearbox for belt wear and cleanliness
  • Check the table and bridge bolts for any play, tighten if needed
  • Check the vacuum bed condition and clean vacuum ports if necessary

Bi-annual Maintenance

The following maintenance tasks should be completed at the end of the production shift, bi-annually:

  • Complete all quarterly
  • Turn off the power, isolate and carefully vacuum out any debris in the electrical cabinet
  • Clean all accessories including the vacuum pump filter, empty any extraction bags
  • Check integrity of belts on all transmission, replace if necessary
  • Check integrity of bearings on all transmission and replace if necessary
  • Follow standard power-up procedures and complete a thorough check-up of machine operation
  • Check machine levelling of bridge and bed.
  • Electrical connections checked and tested for integrity
  • E-Stops to be checked and tested for integrity
  • Pneumatic pipework and systems checked
  • Spindle integrity (speed and alignment)
  • DSP/PC Parameters checked and set correctly
  • Homing Sensors/Positioning Checked

Please note:

Bi-annual maintenance should be undertaken by a competent engineer.  Should you wish to book in an annual service please contact us on service@mantechmachinery.com or call one the team on 0121 541 1444.

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