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  • Order placed for my new 1600 x 900mm Laser Cutter

     Phil Davies updated 3 months ago 11 Members · 55 Posts
  • Kevin Mahoney

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    November 11, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Just placed the order for a new 1600mm x 900mm laser, should be with us on Friday. Will post our results as soon as we’ve had a play with it.

  • Martin Cole

    Member
    November 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Is that for your slow payers Kevin… 🙁

  • Phill Fenton

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    November 11, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Do you exsphect me to tok?? :awkward:

  • Colin Crabb

    Member
    November 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    quote :

    Do you exsphect me to tok??

    No Mr. Fenton, I expect you to make signs…..

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    November 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Something like

    No Mr bond I expect you to die

    Waiting with interest been threatening a laser for a long time.
    Best of luck

  • David Stevenson

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    November 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Cutting something with a bright light!!! Never ceases to amaze me.

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    November 11, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Was amazed on the demo. What was more incredible was the fact that I found my way there in the first place, long old drive up to that there north

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    November 15, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Had a play with the new machine today, really simple to use


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  • David Stevenson

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    November 15, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Great job Kevin, looks the dogs. Bet you spend all weekend playing with it.

  • Carl Morton

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    November 15, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Looks great who did you buy the machine from Kevin? Cnc and laser are on our wish list.

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    November 15, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Got it from HPC Laser up in Halifax, really helpful bunch of guys.
    And yes David, looking like I’m going to be doing to doing my mad professor impression over the weekend!
    After a day on it, I can see it maybe forcing us to buy a cnc due to the limitations of material it can cut, fret cutting composite & foam can’t be done on a laser, but on the plus side, it can cut 10mm acrylic up to 1600 x 900 like butter

  • David Stevenson

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    November 16, 2019 at 10:53 am

    The scene in Kevin’s workshop today –

  • Phil Davies

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    November 16, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Got it from HPC Laser up in Halifax, really helpful bunch of guys.
    And yes David, looking like I’m going to be doing to doing my mad professor impression over the weekend!
    After a day on it, I can see it maybe forcing us to buy a cnc due to the limitations of material it can cut, fret cutting composite & foam can’t be done on a laser, but on the plus side, it can cut 10mm acrylic up to 1600 x 900 like butter

    Excellent choice! As you probably know, anything PVC is a no-no. HPC Laser are on my highly recommended list. I have had 8 from them, and still have 6 of them. 4x1290s and 2x6090s. Its the backbone of the business. We also have a trotec Speedy 300, but that was bought for engraving mostly.

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    November 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Really glad to hear that Phil, got quite a few jobs lined up for it next week, looking forward to getting it earning

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    November 16, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Bit green here 😉

    Pleased all good

    Enjoy

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    December 17, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Really glad to hear that Phil, got quite a few jobs lined up for it next week, looking forward to getting it earning

    Kevin be great to see some of the jobs you have completed on your new toy. Any photos? I’m also looking into purchasing one from Hpc but a little hesitant as to what they can really do. Basically I’m scared to take the plunge thus far 🙂

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    December 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm

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  • Kevin Mahoney

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    December 17, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Getting to grips with it now even though we’re under pressure to complete all of the projects we’ve started. A few more pictures to follow once we’ve installed. I would recommend HPC, buy the laser & don’t look back. I honestly see a massive increase in the amount of acrylic we use next year, zero design time, just playing around with led illumination now. Making signs has got fun again

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    December 18, 2019 at 10:18 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Getting to grips with it now even though we’re under pressure to complete all of the projects we’ve started. A few more pictures to follow once we’ve installed. I would recommend HPC, buy the laser & don’t look back. I honestly see a massive increase in the amount of acrylic we use next year, zero design time, just playing around with led illumination now. Making signs has got fun again

    Great work Kevin. Appreciate your time to show some photos. I think early in the new year I’ll be purchasing one. Have a price from Hpc and also a company called Mantech. Now I gotta compare and get the ball rolling. 🙂

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    December 19, 2019 at 8:49 am

    I’ve had it for about 3 or 4 weeks or so now, & just counting the jobs its done, I’ve already invoiced out over two thirds of the purchase price of the machine even though we are very inexperienced in using it. Wish I’d bought one years ago. I must say though, dealing with suppliers of acrylic is a bit of an eye opener. Placed 4 orders with various suppliers so far, been left for days with my thumb up my backside with all of them, looks like its a bit of a cartel with some of them being secretly owned by another. Shocking service.

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    December 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    I’ve had it for about 3 or 4 weeks or so now, & just counting the jobs its done, I’ve already invoiced out over two thirds of the purchase price of the machine even though we are very inexperienced in using it. Wish I’d bought one years ago. I must say though, dealing with suppliers of acrylic is a bit of an eye opener. Placed 4 orders with various suppliers so far, been left for days with my thumb up my backside with all of them, looks like its a bit of a cartel with some of them being secretly owned by another. Shocking service.

    Kevin what laser strength did u go for. The standard 80watt or higher?

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    December 19, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Just the standard 80, its meeting all expectations so far & can be upgraded later if required, £4-500 is all the replacements cost

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    December 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Just the standard 80, its meeting all expectations so far & can be upgraded later if required, £4-500 is all the replacements cost

    Spot on Kevin. Ill keep you posted how I get on. Have been looking at the same size machine from Mantech in the UK. So I’ll see how prices compare.

  • Phil Davies

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    December 21, 2019 at 11:41 am
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    I’ve had it for about 3 or 4 weeks or so now, & just counting the jobs its done, I’ve already invoiced out over two thirds of the purchase price of the machine even though we are very inexperienced in using it. Wish I’d bought one years ago. I must say though, dealing with suppliers of acrylic is a bit of an eye opener. Placed 4 orders with various suppliers so far, been left for days with my thumb up my backside with all of them, looks like its a bit of a cartel with some of them being secretly owned by another. Shocking service.

    Thats a surprise, Amari seem to have had a few supply problems recently, Irpen can be a pain in the arse depending who you speak to, but I use Bay Plastics (My local Perspex distributor) who deliver next day with the sheets cut to size.

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    December 21, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Not used Amari much to be fair to them, it wasn’t them or Irpen that dropped the ball. Irpen did as they promised & delivered on time. Only problem with the Irpen cast acrylic is that the dense white 10mm tends to go a little bit brown on the laser, as opposed to genuine Perspex which cuts really clean & white

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    January 13, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Think we may have hit the limit as to how small we can cut on this machine


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  • Wayne Maxwell

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    January 13, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    [quote="Kevin Mahoney"]Think we may have hit the limit as to how small we can cut on this machine Any smaller and you won’t be able to see it 🙂

    I’m still debating on these laser machines Kevin. Hate the fact it can’t cut foamex or dibond.

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    January 13, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Agree it is a pain, but the cost of the machine considered, worth every penny so far.

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    January 20, 2020 at 7:41 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Agree it is a pain, but the cost of the machine considered, worth every penny so far.

    Kevin.. Forgot to ask. Is there any mess coming from the machine cutting acrylic etc. Ie airborne dust etc. I’d hate to have lots of dust floating about my print areas.?

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    January 20, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Not a speck of dust, just an oily residue on the base of the bed. Powerful smell though, even with the extractor on

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    May 11, 2020 at 5:52 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Not a speck of dust, just an oily residue on the base of the bed. Powerful smell though, even with the extractor on

    Kevin. Took the plunge and ordered the co2 laser machine. I have a few questions if you don’t mind.

    How do you fix the acrylic letters to sign trays or flat dibond panels. Do you screw from reverse side or bond with a certain glue or tape etc?

    Have you any other photos from previous jobs you’ve used the laser for I’d love to see 🙂

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    May 11, 2020 at 6:17 pm
    quote Wayne Maxwell:

    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Not a speck of dust, just an oily residue on the base of the bed. Powerful smell though, even with the extractor on

    Kevin. Took the plunge and ordered the co2 laser machine. I have a few questions if you don’t mind.

    How do you fix the acrylic letters to sign trays or flat dibond panels. Do you screw from reverse side or bond with a certain glue or tape etc?

    Have you any other photos from previous jobs you’ve used the laser for I’d love to see 🙂

    Hi Wayne, congratulations on the new kit, I’m sure you’ll enjoy using it. Did you go with HPC in the end? We use a black foam tape with a dark green liner for fixing acrylic (or locators but don’t really like those) & buy it from Cherwell but its available everywhere.

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    May 11, 2020 at 6:50 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    quote Wayne Maxwell:

    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Not a speck of dust, just an oily residue on the base of the bed. Powerful smell though, even with the extractor on

    Kevin. Took the plunge and ordered the co2 laser machine. I have a few questions if you don’t mind.

    How do you fix the acrylic letters to sign trays or flat dibond panels. Do you screw from reverse side or bond with a certain glue or tape etc?

    Have you any other photos from previous jobs you’ve used the laser for I’d love to see 🙂

    Hi Wayne, congratulations on the new kit, I’m sure you’ll enjoy using it. Did you go with HPC in the end? We use a black foam tape with a dark green liner for fixing acrylic (or locators but don’t really like those) & buy it from Cherwell but its available everywhere.

    Nice work Kevin.. (Clapping) Ordered the machine from Mantech. 900x1300mm bed size. Looking forward to it.. I know its nothing new in terms of technology but I’m actually interested to see what I can create.

    Have you tried laying printed laminated vinyl onto the acrylic then cutting letters to shape or do you cutout vinyl and lay on single letters? Would the laser burn and damage printed vinyl?

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    May 11, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Vinyl has pvc in it mate, will very quickly ruin your machine (as in rusting away in minutes) & give off a rather unhealthy chlorine gas. Do your vinyl work after the laser cutting is finished, although I haven’t seen this happen with my own eyes, I won’t brave it & try

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    May 11, 2020 at 7:13 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Vinyl has pvc in it mate, will very quickly ruin your machine (as in rusting away in minutes) & give off a rather unhealthy chlorine gas. Do your vinyl work after the laser cutting is finished, although I haven’t seen this happen with my own eyes, I won’t brave it & try

    Fair enough Kevin.. Appreciate the advice.. Let’s not be trying that then 🙂

    Mainly I’ll be using it to replace outsourcing cnc foamex cut letters. I’ll switch to Acrylic instead. Acrylic will give me a lot more colour choices also.

    I’ll keep you posted how things pan out.. I’d just like to say thanks for your time and advice it’s much appreciated. [emoji106]

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    May 11, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Pleasure Wayne, I bought it for exactly the same reason to be honest. The 10mm acrylic flush mounted has a much more premium look than 3mm or 5mm on locators in my view, you get much better internal corners than cnc
    (At least any I’ve had done anyway)
    As the 10mm is only available in black, white & clear, we have been experimenting with spraying them with acrylic paint. That is looking quite promising.
    Do you mind me asking what your machine ended up costing?

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    May 12, 2020 at 3:12 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Pleasure Wayne, I bought it for exactly the same reason to be honest. The 10mm acrylic flush mounted has a much more premium look than 3mm or 5mm on locators in my view, you get much better internal corners than cnc
    (At least any I’ve had done anyway)
    As the 10mm is only available in black, white & clear, we have been experimenting with spraying them with acrylic paint. That is looking quite promising.
    Do you mind me asking what your machine ended up costing?

    That be good to see photos how the spraying turns out. Price over 7K.

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    May 12, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    I’m going to have a go at making some built up lettering as soon as I get a few hours off, just playing around with ideas for forming the returns, might try it with a heat press

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    June 23, 2020 at 5:52 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    I’m going to have a go at making some built up lettering as soon as I get a few hours off, just playing around with ideas for forming the returns, might try it with a heat press

    Hi Kevin hope your well. Finally got my new Laser Machine (to be honest I’m that busy with signage I’ve only switched it on once). I have a job flat dibond panel with 10mm thick acrylic letters. Any advice on how to bond these to the dibond that won’t fall off outside its for a shop front. Kind regards

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Wayne, I use a 1” black foam tape with a green liner for that. Cherwell sell it but I think it’s available everywhere. Started any fires yet?

  • Wayne Maxwell

    Member
    June 23, 2020 at 9:39 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Hi Wayne, I use a 1” black foam tape with a green liner for that. Cherwell sell it but I think it’s available everywhere. Started any fires yet?

    Kevin no fires haha. Let’s hope I don’t full stop. Have only cut thin acrylic so far. Next job will be 10mm opal acrylic letters. I’ll let you know if anything goes up in smoke [emoji16]
    Do you trust the tape enough to use on shop front letters etc. I’m always scared off the what if factor.. But I don’t like the thought of screwing from behind the dibond intonthe acrylic incase of cracking the letters.

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    June 24, 2020 at 5:57 am

    I’ve not had any problems to date, used it for years. Being a foam tape, there’s a lot more give in it to cope with the composite expanding and contracting in weather changes, & I’ve got stuff on facia signs still there after 10 years. Screwing into acrylic would terrify me to be honest, some acrylic goes very brittle after a Winter outside.

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    June 24, 2020 at 7:27 am
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    I’ve not had any problems to date, used it for years. Being a foam tape, there’s a lot more give in it to cope with the composite expanding and contracting in weather changes, & I’ve got stuff on facia signs still there after 10 years. Screwing into acrylic would terrify me to be honest, some acrylic goes very brittle after a Winter outside.

    Thanks Kevin I’ll get in and order some. Again thanks a lot for your advice it’s greatly appreciated. Wayne [emoji106]

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    June 24, 2020 at 7:33 am

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  • Wayne Maxwell

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    July 16, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Kevin my first sign with letter cut on my laser machine. Used that tape you recommended. Seems to be holding well 👍

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    July 17, 2020 at 5:39 am

    Great stuff mate, did you get it from Cherwell?

    • Wayne Maxwell

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      July 17, 2020 at 9:04 am

      Yes Cherwell. Think I’ll stock up on it now 👍

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    July 17, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    How do you think it compares to using stand off locators Wayne?

    • Wayne Maxwell

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      July 19, 2020 at 9:30 am

      I think the tape is great Kevin I’d actually prefer to use tape than standoffs when possible. Just hope it’s holds up for a few years 🙏😁 Kevin please see attached photo of laser cut 4mm mdf. Have you came across this almost shadow like marking after any jobs.?

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    July 19, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Not seen that before, have you asked HPC?

  • John Thomson

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    July 19, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    I would look at the focus lens alignment….looks like the beam is splitting into two.

    Hope that helps.

    John

  • Phil Davies

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    July 19, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    As John says, the laser beam is hitting the nose cone most likely. Its an alignment issue.

  • Wayne Maxwell

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    July 19, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the advice guys. Just have the machine a short time so I’ll have to do get the manual out and try to fix. In the meantime will this cause any problems if I continue to cut any materials?

    • Phil Davies

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      July 20, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      A loss of power (and therefore speed), and it will cause the head to heat up. Ring HPC and ask them to advise 🙂 Their technical guys can help out. They know me pretty well lol. There are videos on youtube for beam alignment, but the likelyhood is, you just need to adjust the head screws to realign the final mirror. I would still check the full alignment.

  • Kevin Mahoney

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    July 20, 2020 at 9:43 am

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