LaserWeb Interface Overview

The Laserweb Interface

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The Laserweb Workspace.

A virtual representation of your Emblaser2’s 500mmx300mm working area.

Command field / Console.

This area allows you to send commands directly to your Emblaser 2 and view the information it sends back.

Workspace visibility panel.

Here you can toggle the visibility of a variety of elements within the Laserweb workspace.

 

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Tapping the Mach (Machine) or the Doc (Document) buttons will zoom to the machine workspace or zoom to fit the selected document respectively.

  • Perspective is an option that allows the Laserweb Workspace to be viewed with perspective.
  • Show G-Code is an option that allows you to view the laser’s programmed travel path, the visibility of the laser’s travel path over time can be altered using the simulator slider.
  • Show Laser is an option that will place a real time indicator of the laser’s current position within the Laserweb workspace.
  • Show Documents is an option that toggles the visibility of your documents.
  • Show Webcam is an option which toggles the visibility of the feed from inside your Emblaser2.
  • Show Raster Preview is an option which displays your raster image with any adjustments made to it through the 'Laser Raster' operation.

 

Laserweb Dock.

The Dock contains a series of panels which will be crucial to your workflow.

The Files Tab is where you import your design, assign laser operations and generate your G-Code.

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  1. This is where you can save your Workspace or load one that has been saved previously.
    (A Workspace contains your Design File with any Laser Operations and G-Code you have generated).
  2. This is where you load in and view your Design Files.
  3. G-code is the language your Emblaser2 understands. Once your Laser Operations are prepared, generate the G-code here. This prepares what the software will send when you press the Run Job Button in the Control Tab.
  4. Drag a Design File into this section to create a Laser Operation. The two most commonly used Laser Operations are Laser Cut and Laser Raster. (See below)

 

Laser Operation – Cutting

This Laser Operation option is available from the dropdown menu when a .svg file is imported. It is ideal for engraving lines and shapes or cutting through material.

Below are some brief descriptions of the commonly used settings.

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An operation can be ‘turned off’ by pressing the yellow power button on the right.
Turning off an operation excludes it when you generate G-code.

Operations can also be shuffled up or down in the order of what get performed when by using the arrow buttons.

Laser Operation settings.

  • Title for the Laser Operation.
  • Filter Fill & Filter Stroke. If your Design file has been prepared in different colours, you can apply a Laser Operation to specific colour (eg. red = outlines, green = patterns, blue = inside shapes).
  • Laser Power. 0-100% Laser power for the operation, changing his setting will affect the depth of a cut or the darkness of an engraving.
  • Increasing this number will repeat the Laser Operation, Helpful for dealing with thicker or stubborn materials.
  • Pass Depth. This setting will lower the height of the laser between passes, this is a fine tuning option that can help users achieve better cutting depth.
  • Start Height. This setting tells Laserweb how tall your Workpiece is. Input the thickness of your material here. (Don’t forget to add 10mm for the cutting mat if you’re using
  • Cut Rate. This is the speed the laser travels across your Workpiece. A low value means the laser interacts with the Workpiece longer.
  • Use A-Axis. Not applicable to the Emblaser 2.
  • Use Air Assist. This check box will turn the air assist on or off (if installed) for the duration of the Laser Operation.
  • Segment. This value controls the detail curved vectors are engraved at. For complex designs it may be useful to slightly increase this number to improve results. Set to zero for highest detail.

 

Laser Operation – Raster

This Laser Operation option is available from the dropdown menu when a .jpeg, .png or any raster file is imported. It is ideal for engraving photos or lines of text.
Below are some brief descriptions of the commonly used settings.

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An operation can be ‘turned off’ by pressing the yellow power button on the right.
Turning off an operation excludes it when you generate G-code.

Operations can also be shuffled up or down in the order of what get performed when by using the arrow buttons.

 

Laser Operation settings.

  • Title for the Laser Operation.
  • Laser Power Range. 0-100% Min and Max Laser powers for the operation, changing his setting will affect the maximum darkness of an engraving.
  • Increasing this number will repeat the Laser Operation, sometimes a better result can be achieved with two light passes rather then a single dark pass.

Also useful if trying to make deeper engravings or lithophanes

  • Pass Depth. This setting will lower the height of the laser between passes, this is a fine tuning option that can help users achieve better depth.
  • Start Height. This setting tells Laserweb how tall your Workpiece is. Input the thickness of your material here. (Don’t forget to add 10mm for the cutting mat if you’re using
  • Cut Rate. This is the speed the laser travels across your Workpiece. A low value means the laser interacts with the Workpiece longer.
  • Use Air Assist. This check box will turn the air assist on or off (if installed) for the duration of the Laser Operation.
  • Trim pixels. This eliminates laser movement on areas outside of your design that do not need engraving. It helps save job time.
  • Join Pixels. This will allow Laserweb to issue a single command for a line of pixels which have the same intensity. This should always be left to 'on'.
  • Burn white. This checkbox tells the software to ignore white pixels when generating G-code. If your design File has a lot of white space turning this setting to ‘off’ can greatly decrease your engraving time.

 

The Comms Tab is where you connect to your Emblaser2.

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The Control Tab contains the buttons you need to order your Emblaser2 around.
The upper area displays status information of your Emblaser2.

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  1. Home Button. This will return the laser carriage to the upper left corner of the workspace.

If your Emblaser2 loses track of where its laser is (if it gets knocked or forced out of position), this button will let your Emblaser2 find its bearings.

  1. Run Job Button. This button sends your Emblaser2 the G-code you generated in the Files Tab. The software streams these commands so keep your computer connected!
    When you press this button and a Job is running the button transforms into a pause button which can be used to temporarily stop a job before resuming from where you left off.
  2. Abort Job Button. This button stops the software sending commands to your Emblaser2, for safety it also puts your Emblaser2 into an alarm state which can be turned off by pressing the abort button again. An aborted job cannot be resumed and must restart from the beginning.
  3. X and Y Directional movement Buttons. These buttons will move your laser around the Emblaser2 Workspace.
  4. Z Directional Movement Buttons. These buttons will move your laser up and down.
  5. Movement Distance Buttons. These buttons change the distance increment that the Directional Movement Buttons move the laser around.

 

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