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MakeBlock LaserBOT

Post by gmoney484 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:35 pm

Just for something different, this is the LaserBOT kit from MakeBlock - it's a reasonably powerful laser etcher (1.6W).

The kit was remarkably straight forward to construct (maybe 2 hours) and the build quality is remarkable considering the price US$350 (NZ$499).

http://store.makeblock.com/laserBot-robot-kit

The interesting bit (from my point of view) is the controller, which is a proprietary hat called a MegaPi (I think you get the idea) - more to come on this maybe

http://store.makeblock.com/megapi

I have now spent a fair amount of time trying to get the software loaded, configured etc - proprietary board running proprietary software and proprietary libraries..

In about an hour, the controller will be replaced with a Pi CNC Hat running GRBL - thats when things will start going. I will then do a full review :)

Until then, enjoy the photos.
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Re: MakeBlock LaserBOT

Post by gmoney484 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:07 am

And clearly this is how is SHOULD be set up....

Change the board, change the plugs and drivers, swap around the SD card... and it works...

Thanks Bertus :)

(although I still don't know why my images are upside down...)
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Re: MakeBlock LaserBOT

Post by Bertus Kruger » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:03 pm

gmoney484 wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:35 pm
Just for something different, this is the LaserBOT kit from MakeBlock - it's a reasonably powerful laser etcher (1.6W).

The kit was remarkably straight forward to construct (maybe 2 hours) and the build quality is remarkable considering the price US$350 (NZ$499).
Nice looking machine.
I order an XCarve kit on Black Friday. They had a super deal with US$100 off and free shipping worldwide.

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Re: MakeBlock LaserBOT

Post by Bertus Kruger » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:06 pm

gmoney484 wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:07 am
And clearly this is how is SHOULD be set up....

Change the board, change the plugs and drivers, swap around the SD card... and it works...

Thanks Bertus :)

(although I still don't know why my images are upside down...)
haha... would be interested to hear how the pre-released V2.6 board performs. Wonder how hard it would be to extend bCNC to make it work with external Grove devices? :)

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Re: MakeBlock LaserBOT

Post by jam08033 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:30 am

I have exactly the same scenario. I just got my Protoneer hat and got it working with some freestanding steppers. Now the next step is to move it over to my MakeBlock plotter (just a pen version of the LaserBot), but wondering how your project went. Any glitches? Did you use if for anything other than laser? Thanks!

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