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Laser Engineer

Control System for Laser Cutting/ Engraving Machine

Operating Instruction

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Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine

1. Contents

Chapter I. Installation of the Control System 1.1. System Composition3 1.2. Controller Installation3 1.3. Soft Dog Installation 7 1.4. Application Installation7 Chapter II. Software Introduction 2.1. Files 8 2.2. Editing 9 2.3. Select 10 2.4. Setup 10 2.5. View 11 2.6. Help 12 Chapter III. Basic Operations for Work 3.1 Open a file 3.2 Engraving Area Setup 3.3 Layer Setup 3.4 Work Offline 3.5 Work Online

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Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine

Chapter I. Installation of the Control System


1.1 System Composition The control system is composed of two parts of control hardware and software. The hardware includes one controller and one man-machine interface; the software includes control software and soft dog. 1.2 Controller Installation 1.2.1 Computer Configuration Requirements Operation system: Window2000, Win XP; CPU: Celeron 700 or above; Main board: USB interface is needed Memory: 128M or above; Hard disk: 10G or above; CD driver: CD-ROM 1.2.2 Driver Installation Connect the power supply of the controller according to the wiring diagram, a Beep sound upon power-on indicates that the controller has passed self check and enters operation status. Now connect the controller to the computer with a USB wire, the computer will find the new hardware USB Device as the following illustration:

The system automatically pops out the dialog box Find New Hardware:

Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine

Click Next Step

Select Search the driver applicable to my equipment and click Next Step:

Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine

Select Appoint a location and click Next Step:

Use Browse button to find the directory of USD driver for the controller:

Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine

Continue to click Next Step:

Wait a moment, a completion dialog box pops out if all the operations are correct.

Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine

Now driver installation is completed, be sure Laser Worker Controller is in equipment manager

Controller driver installation is completed!

Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine 1.3 Soft Dog Installation Note: Do not insert the soft dog into the USB interface of the computer until soft dog driver is installed. Find MicroDogInstdrv.exe under the directory of soft dog driver and run it, the following dialog box will pop out:

Now click Install to complete the installation. Exit the installation program after the installation is completed. Complete Soft dog installation just by inserting the soft dog into the USB interface Note: soft dog is necessary for running this system, please keep the soft dog properly. Reorder should be implemented in case of loss. 1.4 Control Software Installation If installation directory assignment is needed in the installation process of running Laser Engineer Setup.exe, please click Browse to select the directory at the step to assign the directory, otherwise, just click Next.

Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine

Chapter II. Software Introduction


Run the software, the main interface is as the following illustration:

Position the cursor of the mouse on the tool button below the menu, the button function will be displayed a moment later. 2.1 File 2.1.1 New: the corresponding icon on the tool bar is ;

Create a new work file. 2.1.2 Open the corresponding icon on the tool bar is ;

Empty the current graphics, read in a new graphic file (.PLT, .AI, .DXF, .DST, .BMP) or a work-parameter configured file (. Lew). 2.1.3 Input No need to empty the current graphics, add a new graphic file (.PLT, .AI, .DXF, .DST, .BMP). 2.1.4 Output LEC file Save the current edited vector graphic file as a *.Lec file, and transfer with a USB disk to the controller for future use of work.

2.1.5

Save

the corresponding icon on the tool bar is


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Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine Save the current edited graphic file and work parameters as laser work file (.Lew). 2.1.6 Save as Save a saved laser work file (. Lew) as another laser work engineering file (. Lew). 2.1.7 Property Click this button to display the related information of the current cutting work graphic such as accumulated length of cutting route etc. 2.1.8 Exit Exit the system by clicking this button. 2.2 Edit 2.2.1 Undo The corresponding icon on the tool bar is Return to the status of the previous editing operation. 2.2.2 Redo The corresponding icon on the tool bar is Restore to the status of the previous editing operation. 2.2.3 Rotate The corresponding icon on the tool bar is Rotate the selected graphic. 2.2.4 Move The corresponding icon on the tool bar is Move the selected graphics. 2.2.5 Mirror The corresponding icon on the tool bar is Create the mirror image for the selected graphics 2.2.6 Array The corresponding icon on the tool bar is . . . . . .

Array the selected graphics. 2.2.7 Scale Zoom in or out the actual size of the selected graphics. 2.2.8 Set Layer number Set up layer number for the selected graphics, it is required that the selected graphic should not mix engraving area and route up. If the selected is route, then the assigned layer is cutting layer; if the selected is engraving area, the assigned will be the engraving layer.

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Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine 2.2.9 Delete Delete the selected graphic. 2.2.10 Set Start point Set the entry point for a enclosed line segment. 2.3 Select 2.3.1 Select invert Invert the currently selected graphic, thats to say, the currently selected graphic is inverted to be not selected while other not selected ones are selected. 2.3.2 Select all Select all the current graphics 2.3.3 Select single objects Select all the single section lines in the current graphic 2.3.4 Select not close objects Select all the unenclosed objects in the current graphic, enclosure judgment error is set in the option dialog box. 2.3.5 Select the First Sect the first object in drawing sequence in the current graphic. 2.3.6 Select the Last Sect the last object in drawing sequence in the current graphic. 2.3.7 Select the Previous Take the currently selected object as a benchmark, select the first object in drawing sequence in the previous graphic. 2.3.8 Select the Next Take the currently selected object as a benchmark, select the last object in drawing sequence in the previous graphic. 2.4 Setting 2.4.1 Device Manager Manage the equipment that needs to be connected, including adding and deleting designations. After equipment setup, you may select to set up equipment parameters respectively and down load file etc on the upper right corner 2.4.2 Storage Manager After getting online, click this menu to operate the memory of the controller. 2.4.3 Parameter setting Set up the parameters of the currently selected equipment. ( For detailed parameters, see the following section.) 2.4.4 Cutting layer parameter Set up parameters for the cutting layers, including speed and power adjustment

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Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine etc. 2.4.5 Engraving layer parameter Set up parameters for the engraving layers. 2.5 View 2.5.1 Zoom all The corresponding icon on the tool bar is Display the work data scope as a whole. 2.5.2 Zoom in The corresponding icon on the tool bar is . .

Zoom in the displayed graphic. Click this button, then clicking the screen with mouse can zoom in the currently displayed graphic (the actual size of the graphic is not changed). The position of the mouse is corresponding to the zoom center of the graphic. 2.5.3 Zoom out The corresponding icon on the tool bar is .

Zoom out the displayed graphic. Click this button, then clicking the screen with mouse can zoom out the currently displayed graphic (the actual size of the graphic is not changed). The position of the mouse is corresponding to the zoom center of the graphic. 2.5.4 Zoom move The corresponding icon on the tool bar is Move the currently displayed graphic. 2.5.5 Zoom table-board The corresponding icon on the tool bar is . .

Display the work breadth/ coordinate system as a whole 2.5.6 Options Display errors in the modified graphic and set up work breadth.

2.6 Help 2.6.1 About

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Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine The following dialog box pops out if this button is clicked.

Display version information, soft dog serial number, time limit and your company information such as company name, tel. number, website, email, and address etc.

Chapter III. Basic Operations for Work


3.1 Open a File Click the menu: file open, then select a file on which to be worked. 3.2 Engraving Area Setup (skip if just cutting needed) Select engraving-needed part from the graphic, then click Set Engraving button on Path edit page on the right, the selected part is converted into engraving area. 3.3 Layer Setup For engraving area and cutting route in the graphic, different work parameters can be set in layers. the route or engraving area that need to be layered, take care that do not mix route and engraving area up. Then click Set layer number button on Path edit page to select corresponding layer number in the dialog box. If engraving area is selected, then the selected layer number is engraving layer number; If route is selected, the selected layer number will be cutting layer number. The specific work parameters for cutting layer and engraving layer can be viewed and modified in the setup menu. 3.4 Offline Work If the file needs to be copied to the controller by a USB disk for being worked on, you should first make sure the equipment selected on the upper right corner is prepared for your purpose.

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Operating Instruction for Laser Engineer Laser Cutting/Engraving Machine Then just click Down load to Udisk on Path edit page on the right to save the file to the USB disk. 3.5 Online Work If work with computer online, you should first make sure the equipment selected on the upper right corner is prepared for your purpose., then click Link button so that Device control page can be activated if the USB connection is correct, then move the equipment to the upper left corner of the graphic to be worked on with Left, Right, Up, and Down buttons; click Set start point button to reset the coordinate, now press Run to start work..

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