I’m starting to think maybe the laser I got is bad. It seems 100% random if it is going to work, with a higher chance it wont. Without changing the picture, settings, etc. Using the exact same file on the exact same sample. I found many many many times it is pretty much like nothing happens. Then when I connect it to my computer and tell the machine to up the power by 2%, it about burns a hole in the wood.
Like I’ve been trying this for I think about a month now, and I’m to the point of just asking support if the laser is broken.
I’m using a SM 1 with a 1600mW laser. I’ve tried doing poplar, pine, cork, and balsa wood. All giving me a hit or complete miss. And by miss I mean you can’t even tell the laser did jack to the wood. When it’s a hit, it could be too much or about perfect (and again this is without changing settings).
Is there any trouble shooting I should use? Like I’ve done my best to make sure the beam is as small as it can be. Maybe it needs to be cleaned? How would I go about that?