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Old 04-17-2011, 08:12 PM
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There was a thread some weeks back about a laser for the Stinger.
I was reading it with interest, can't seem to find it now.
I just found out my Stinger is ready to ship, I just have to pay the balance.
Was thinking about getting the laser attachment, I recall it was something like $200-250 ,,, Just wondering if its worth my while.
Can anyone point me to that thread, and/or offer any insights to what advantages one can expect this this laser ?
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:54 PM
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Here is the post
http://www.camheads.org/showthread.p...t=laser&page=2

When I got my Camaster I did not know you could get a laser finder as a option. So I settled for this unit.
http://www.lasercenteredgefinder.com/CNC.html
It makes a big difference when I am setting up and need a precise location set.
If you think you might need one get Joey to set it up on your stinger.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:53 PM
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Get the laser! I have only had my machine a week or so but the laser is every bit as useful, and stress releaving, as the auto Z zero pad. I have been using CNC routers for over seven years and, next to electricity, the laser is the best thing to happen to them!

Joe

Look here http://www.camheads.org/showthread.p...ighlight=laser
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:45 PM
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So are the laser & Zpad redundant, or do they more or less compliment eachother for various purposes ?
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:14 AM
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They do two different, but equally important, tasks.

The laser allows for the quick and easy setting of the X and Y zero points or home positions. Without it, you have to try to position your bit over the exact spot where you want X0,Y0 and while that may not be too hard with a 1/16" ot 1/8" ballnose, it can be quite difficult with a 3/8" or 1/2" endmill.

The Z pad allows you to set the zero for the Z axis. Without the pad you must carefully move the bit down until you just touch the surface (of the table or your material, depending on how you have set it up in your CAM program) by using a sheet of paper, cellophane, feeler gague, etc. I did it that way for years until I equiped my other two CNC machines with the pad.

Trust me...get both and you can thank me later.

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Old 04-18-2011, 06:50 AM
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Yes, by all means get both. But instead of the Z zero pad, I'd suggest the FTC setup.

You can use a laser even for aligning material. For alignment, I put the pointer of mine at the front corner of where I want the material to lie and move the material to the laser, and eyeball it close to position back the table. I clamp that corner..., loose enough to turn it just a little, but tight enough to keep it from moving. I then run the laser toward the back as far as I can without moving X. When I'm as far back as I can go on my material, I make sure the material is lined up tight to the laser and clamp that corner...

I then move it back to the front corner and check it. If it's still dead on I tighten my clamps, and set my XY Zero there. If not, I do a minor adjustment, tighten my clamps, and set the XY Zero.

With the FTC, you can do multi tool files in your CAD-CAM software. The machine moves to a set location and askes you to change the tool. You install the proper tool and press Enter, it goes and measures the tool, then does the cutting with that tool. After finishing with that tool it moves back up and tells you to put in the next tool. You change tools and hit Enter...etc. Saves lots of time!!! Best thing there ever was for a CNC router besides an automatic tool changer!!

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Old 04-18-2011, 07:29 AM
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With the FTC, you can do multi tool files in your CAD-CAM software. The machine moves to a set location and askes you to change the tool. You install the proper tool and press Enter, it goes and measures the tool, then does the cutting with that tool. After finishing with that tool it moves back up and tells you to put in the next tool. You change tools and hit Enter...etc. Saves lots of time!!! Best thing there ever was for a CNC router besides an automatic tool changer!!

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Old 04-18-2011, 09:39 AM
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Please note that you cannot use the FTC with the dust boot installed if you have a recoil axis. There is a clearance issue.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:45 AM
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Kevin is correct but we are all over that and Kevin will have one of the first new dust boots for the Stinger. I will show it off when done.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:09 AM
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Joey,
You have a PM about a laser.
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