I recently purchased the laser attachment with my AR8 Pro. If you have any questions, fire away. It works great. I'm currently trying to figure out the best solution for laser photo engraving. Vectric doesn't have any software for laser photo engraving. Update 9/20/2018: just realized that the Jtech laser doesn't support PWM and you would need an additional pic control box that Jtech sells to send pulse width modulation signals to the laser which is required for photo laser engraving.
Last Edit: Sept 20, 2018 11:45:22 GMT -5 by tundarum
Per a recent (this week) phone conversation with the Axiom Sales department, they've modified the wiring connectors for the laser to something that's actually designed to be (repeatedly) connected & disconnected. I didn't ask if it was still necessary to "go inside the box" (probably), but the thumbscrew approach above would take care of that. You could retrofit with any number of connectors that are readily available (if you're handy with a soldering iron), but if you mounted one side through the box, you'd want some kind of dust cover for it for when the other side of the plug isn't in there.
This enables removal of the laser from the work area for storage, whereas "parking it on the gantry" leaves it in a dusty environment. With a quick release method, it would be faster and easier to take it off and put it away (completely out of harm's way) than to have to clean it off before the next time you use it.
The thing I am not fond of with the add on laser is the lack of fume extraction. There is a reason most lasers are enclosed and it is one for laser safety and second is ventilation. Also as I told Southern Ginger if you do any plastics with lasers they put off some nasty very dangerous stuff so stick to wood unless you are 100% sure you are venting it safely.
Yes, and be sure you never laser things like PVC.. the thermal process produces hydrochloric acid and toxic fumes.. yikes!
The problem is that the Axiom Dust Shoe sucks in more ways than one. I heard there were problems, so I was very careful with tightening the bolt. It still snapped within a week. My fix has been holding the last 8 months, but it may not handle daily removal for a laser.
Dang mine never snapped like that! Yikes! My boot fell off once tho and had a fun time being bullied by a 1/4in endmill.. haha. Lost some hair in process. As far as the laser, I created a boot that I use when I am lasering.. here is the link. www.southerngingerworkshop.com/products/axiom-cnc-laser-boot