Mr Beam's camera is attached to the inner side of the orange lid and takes pictures of the working area in regular intervals. These pictures are then sent to and processed by the Mr Beam software, which displays them in the tab called "working area". This makes precise positioning and aligning of your designs on top of the material very easy and convenient. In order for the camera to be able to take correct pictures, the lid of Mr Beam needs to be open.

Function and precision:

  • Mr Beam's camera system takes and processes new pictures every 5-10 seconds. You can then see the black-and-white preview picture in the "working area" in the software. 
  • The precision of the preview picture is +/- 5 mm at the moment. This is why you should always calculate with a little bit more space while positioning your design. When working with higher or thicker materials, the camera precision will decrease towards the edges of the working area. If your designs require more precision, (e.g. for a series of small objects with tightly packed designs) we recommend making use of manual positioning.
  • In our beta software channel you will also find a "preview pane" in the left side bar, where you have options to adjust zoom and brightness of the preview picture, and to set the height of your material, to compensate the difference in calculations.

Manual Positioning:

In most cases positioning your design on your material with the help of the camera and preview in the software is the most convenient option. However, in some cases it does make more sense to position your designs manually. Especially when highest precision is required (accurate to the millimeter) we recommend using manual positioning. We also recommend making customized stencils for your designs. Especially when aiming for small-batch production, not only does this method offer highest precision - it also speeds up the whole process considerably. You can find more information on this method in the following article.  

This is how to check quickly, if your camera is working correctly:

  • The red light on the camera should turn on when Mr Beam software is running in the browser. 
  • The preview of the working area in the software should be displayed in black-and-white. If the preview appears in colour or slightly distorted, it is a hint that picture processing is not working as it should. Please follow the instructions in this trouble-shooting guide to fix the problem.

  • do you see blinking pink circles in the working area? If your material or the x-axis are covering up any of the points inside the Mr Beam housing, the camera picture cannot be processed correctly. Please find more details on this topic in the following article