Want to help with laser cutter maintenance? You now don’t need to be on the laser committee to help with cleaning and changing laser filters, and it needs to be done every couple months. In fact, it needs to be done right now, so any volunteers would be super appreciated!
Here’s how, using pictures I took last time I took it on.
First, grab an 11mm socket and a drill to unscrew all the bolts. One of them does nothing and is just there for looks and moral support.
Starting with washing the pre-filters, I find the least dusty way is to plug the sink with something, gently place the filters in there, and fill the sink until they’re submerged, trying to kick up as little dust as possible. Once submerged they’re good to go for a good few rinses. Drain them off and place them back in the box.
You can usually tell that the filters need cleaning when you can smell smoke while cutting, since it’s not being effectively vented. There’s a water gauge on the exhaust fan, but I’m not sure what the threshold would be for that.
There should be a couple packs of 20x25 filters near the filter box, if they’re not there they might’ve been moved to the furnace (beaver) room
The charcoal gets very visibly caked in dust, last time I changed it you could almost not see the charcoal anymore. I’m not sure if we have more replacement charcoal, check under the laser, if not we’ll get some more.
If it helps, the sockets are in the red toolbox next to the hand tool shelf, and the drills are in the woodshop. Thanks for the initiative, it’s super appreciated!
Thanks for the instructions! Worked just fine. Filters cleaned / replaced.
The coarse filters are kinda hard to put back in place, since they are just hanging in the air. Especially if they are a bit heavier when still moist. I hope they won’t fall down. Some sort of grid shelf thing would be nice
The water gauge was about 1 1/4” before and dropped to 3/4”. Very rough guess through. Couldn’t get close enough to actually measure.