Tip:For precise positioning through the camera image you should enter the height of your object in the left pane of the "working area" in the software. Especially if you are working with objects higher than 3mm like cuttings boards, wooden spoon, clothes peg, etc. This will help the camera to adjust the preview image more accurately.
3. Everything about materials:
Which materials are especially good for laser-cutting and engraving with Mr Beam? (more in the article Materials)
And why does the colour of the material play an important role? (more in the article about the colour of the material)
3. Laser-cutting with Mr Beam
1.Focus your laser head :
After you have placed your material on the working space, you should focus your laser head.
To achieve the best results with your Mr Beam, the distance between the lower edge of the laser head and the upper edge of the material in use must be 10mm. You should adjust this distance manually, with the help of the focus tool.
Open the Mr Beam Software in your browser (Google Chrome works best) and position your design in the working area. After clicking on "Laser" a new window will pop up, in which you will be able to choose your material and adjust various laser parameters.
The most important laser laser parameters which influence the laser-cutting process, are:
and number of Passes
If you are aiming for a deeper laser-cutting or a greater engraving effect, you can either increase intensity, decrease speed or turn up the number of passes.
(more details about every single laser parameter in the article Laser Parameters)
3.Set up a laser file
What should you pay attention to when setting up a laser-cutting file specifically for Mr Beam? Which steps are important in various vector editing programs?(more details in the article Set up a file for laser-cutting and engraving)
Why is it important to know the difference between a vector and a raster graphic for laser-cutting? (More details in the article Vector vs raster: How to choose the right file format)
And what should you pay attention to when working with text elements and lettering? (more in the article How-To: cut out or engrave lettering.)
Design Store is where you will find a selection of laser files, which you can buy and download. After a successful purchase, the files will be automatically uploaded to your design library. (more information and everything about Design Store)
1. Maintenance and taking care of your Mr Beam
We recommend keeping the working area of Mr Beam clean, otherwise dirt particles get blown around during every laser job which can affect your laser result. A small vacuum cleaner might be handy for cleaning, but a cleaning rag and glas cleaner are also sufficient.
The laser head should be cleaned after approx. 100h of service. However, this is just a rough guide value - especially if you are working with wood. The best indicator is a considerable decline in the cutting power of the laser.
We assembled a detailed tutorial on how to clean your laser head probably in this article: How to clean a laser head. Otherwise, you can also make use of our cleaning service - available for purchase in our Shop.
3. Mr Beam Air Filter Exchange
Mr Beam Air Filter System has two filter parts, which need to be replaced from time to time:
a pre-filter (pre-filter mat) for rough particles,
and a main filter consisting of a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter.
It depends a lot on the materials you laser cut and engrave how often you actually need to replace your filter. If you work a lot with leather, wood or paper, we recommend to replace it more regularly, than if you are working with acrylic, felt or foam rubber.
(How exactly and when to exchange your filter is described in the article Air Filter System and how to change a filter)