Why does the laser head get dirty in the first place and how do you know it is time to clean it? The dirt residue resulting from cutting and engraving all materials gets inside the laser head and sticks to the laser lens. This is why the laser head should be cleaned after approx. 100h of service. However, this is just a rough guide value. The best indicator is a considerable decline in the cutting power of the laser. A general life span of the laser diode is 10.000 h.
In this tutorial we will show you how to clean the laser head and what to pay attention to. By the end of it you will be able to take the laser head of your Mr Beam apart, remove the dirt, assemble it, and put it back to work safely. And if you think it looks too complicated, you can still make use of our Mr Beam maintenance service. (Please click here for more details.)
*Please note that you should treat all parts very carefully while cleaning the laser head on your own, in order not to break anything.
Ready? Let's get started!
1. COLLECT YOUR TOOLS:
1: keyboard vacuum cleaner
2: filter mask
3: gauze compress
4: cotton swab
5: Allen-key 2 mm
6: safety glasses
7: glass cleaner
2. TAKE OUT THE LASER HEAD:
1. Switch off Mr Beam and plug it off. Allow the laser head to rest for at least 2 minutes before proceeding with the next step, to ensure that the laser unit is fully discharged.
2. If the laser head is in the Home Position of the working area, pull it into the centre by (a) gently moving the x-axis and (b) pulling the laser head into the middle. This way you will have a better grip of the laser head.
3. Unscrew the laser head from the mounting bracket. Put the knurled nut back on the laser head body, this way you will avoid losing any parts during the cleaning process.
4. On the back of the laser head you will find a black clamp which holds the white cable in place. Squeeze it gently on both sides and slightly extend it to the front. Unplug the cable in the back of the laser head by gently pulling it out.
5. Remove two screws on the back of the laser head, using a 2mm Allen key. Carefully take the laser head apart.
3. LASERKOPF AUSEINANDERNEHMEN:
1: laser front
2: laser module
3: copper block with laser
5: heat sink
Carefully unplug the fan cables from the laser module. Make sure to get hold of the white pin jack, don’t pull on the entire socket or directly on the cables, or they might tear!
4. CLEAN THE LASER HEAD:
Warning: Make sure to wear gloves while cleaning or wash your hands thoroughly at the end of the cleaning process. Please put on a filter mask and safety glasses.
|1. Heat sink: |
Use a hand vacuum cleaner with a brush and clean all rilles as well as the recess for the laser channel thoroughly.
vacuum off the dirt with a hand vacuum cleaner.
Important: hold the fan wheel with one finger to prevent it from spinning while cleaning. Otherwise the fan will spin too fast from the vacuum cleaner’s air flow, and might break!
3. Laser module:
Vacuum off the dirt here as well.
4. Laser lens:
wet one side of the cotton swab with a glass cleaner and carefully wipe the laser lens clean by making rotating movements with the swab. Use the other end of the swab to dry off the lens.
Please note: Make sure not to touch the laser lens after you have cleaned it. Otherwise you will need to repeat this step.
5. Laser front:
vacuum off any dust particles. The laser front gets yellow and brown stains from cutting plywood. You can remove those easily by using a napkin and a glass cleaner to wipe the dirt off the laser front.
5. ASSEMBLE LASER HEAD:
1. Plug the wires of the fan back into the socket on the laser module. It will only work in one position, but make sure the orientation of both parts matches.
|2. Place the fan with a hole facing the top and align the fan with the metal pin. The product label in the middle of the fan should be facing the heat sink and should not be visible.|
3. If it is not the case yet, screw the knurled nut on one side of the heat sink and then put both parts of the heat sink together. There should be no gaps between them.
Important: Make sure the fan cables run on the outside of the heat sink when both sides are put together! Make sure the heat sink closes tightly!
5. Put the laser front back on the laser head. Align the position of white threads with female screw threads of the laser head. Press the laser head against the laser front and gently to the bottom. You will hear a clicking sound indicating you assembled it correctly.
6. Put both screws on the back of the laser head back in place using an Allen-key.
7. Plug the white cable back into the black bracket of the laser head, and screw the laser head to the mounting bracket inside your Mr Beam.
8. Walk through the camera calibration with Mr Beam software. This will help align the camera image with the precise position of the laser head. Follow the instructions which you will find under menu > settings > camera calibration.