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How to Fill Dings on Press Cylinders Using Epoxy Putty

Letterpress Cylinder Repair: Our Vandercook Proof Letterpress 232P is almost a century old… Well, not that much. 80 years old? Something like that. Well, over the decades, press operators (like us) have left hammers, quoin keys and who knows what on the press and let it run. So inevitably the press cylinder is not in […]

DIY Blast Gate for 4″ Dia. Dust Collection

DIY Blast Gate, 4 inch diameter, Laser Cut Edition: We have made available the PDF of our first version of exhaust and dust collection blast gate, lased from 1/4″ MDF and a piece of paper and a bunch of 1″ 6-32 machine screws. It’s made for use with 4″ dia. schedule 1 PVC irrigation pipes. […]

DIY Laser Fume Extractor: [Stage 4] Electro-Static Filter

Overview: The Electro-Static Air Filter charges the incoming fume into one charge and collects the particles onto the subsequent plate with an opposing charge. It reduces the smoky character of the laser exhaust fume down to visibly clear form prior to the Activate Charcoal Filter. The earlier versions of our laser fume scrubber employed HEPA […]

DIY Laser Fume Extractor: [Stage 2] Exhaust Mixer

Overview: The laser engraver has two 4″ dia. ports for its exhaust output; One from the above and the other from the bottom of the lasing table. We thought about designing and attaching a rigid intake unit directly behind the laser machine to control and direct the flow at the lowest resistance but it didn’t […]

DIY Laser Fume Extractor: Part 2 – The Scope & v8.2

Return to DIY Laser Fume Extractor: Part 1 First Thing First: CAUTION!! Laser engravers and laser cutters release  toxic fumes including carbon monoxide, even when used properly. Some will kill you slowly. SOME WILL KILL YOU FAST!!! Some resulting funerals may be closed casket scenarios. Some will save money by cremating you for you.  So […]

DIY Laser Fume Extractor: Part 1 – The Beginning

Why Another DIY Laser Fume Extractor? For our first “real” laser engraver purchase, we knew we needed a “real” laser fume extractor system. Our goal to cut through and engrave MDFs and Plexiglass required relatively powerful laser machine (130W). That meant burning through glue laden wood materials and solid plastics quickly. Doing this would release […]