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Question: blacktooth cnc laser plans, are they available? I would like to build my own parts. are there 3D cad files available?

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We do not currently provide any plans for our machines. We do provide a scratch build kit with plans, DVD, and hardware. You can find it here https://www.buildyourcnc.com/cnckitintro.aspx

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WE are a technical school and would like to build a laser cutter for the school that can cut up to 6mm plate please help us ti find drawings to build it

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  • could you make available a larger size picture of the exploded view of the BlackTooth laser cutter? I would like to use for reference when building my laser cutter, but it is too small to be really useful.

    We have the image at that size to encourage the purchase of the kit from us. This helps to keep buildyourcnc alive and allows us to fund development of other awesome low cost machines.

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    could you make available a larger size picture of the exploded view of the BlackTooth laser cutter? I would like to use for reference when building my laser cutter, but it is too small to be really useful.

  • are pdf/breakdown plans and specs available for purchase for blacktoe 4x8 router? i would like to purchase plans, and build all components by myself. thanks!

    We do not currently provide any plans for our machines. We do provide a scratch build kit with plans, DVD, and hardware. You can find it here https://www.buildyourcnc.com/cnckitintro.aspx

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    WE are a technical school and would like to build a laser cutter for the school that can cut up to 6mm plate please help us ti find drawings to build it

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    are pdf/breakdown plans and specs available for purchase for blacktoe 4x8 router? i would like to purchase plans, and build all components by myself. thanks!

  • Is there any way to bring the cost of https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/cnc-machine-blacktooth-laser-cutter-engraver-40w down if I only need the hardware and components, not the body? I have a cnc waterjet and could cut these parts if dimensions were provided.

    We can lower the price for just the hardware and also for the structure. However we do not have any files, dimensions, for public access.

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    Would there be any/enough measurement or info on the instructions to extrapolate the dimensions? What would the new pricing be?

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    Is there any way to bring the cost of https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/cnc-machine-blacktooth-laser-cutter-engraver-40w down if I only need the hardware and components, not the body? I have a cnc waterjet and could cut these parts if dimensions were provided.

  • Patrick, How does the blacktooth laser cutter compare with other commercially available cutters such as the Epilog or "Ebay cheapo" lasers?

    The blackTooth laser generally has a larger work area and the laser is easier to align. The larger work area also has better efficiency of lasing and more evenly distributed power at the lased point.

    These features are a result of the tube being placed on the gantry of the machine. The alignment only needs to consider a single axis rather than two axes which causes an alignment problem with an order of magnitude higher difficulty.

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    Patrick, How does the blacktooth laser cutter compare with other commercially available cutters such as the Epilog or "Ebay cheapo" lasers?

  • Purchasing and shipping a kit internationally would make the price prohibitive. Are the dxf files available on their own so that the parts can be machined locally?

    The files and hardware option for our machines has been removed from the site due to the following reasons:
    Difficulty for the end use of the files and the challenges (and time/money) on our side to assist in using these files.
    The abuse of these files over the internet.
    Ultimately may reduce the sales of machines keeping us in business.
    Sadly, this is what has come out of our company attempting to be open; however, the machines sold on this site is still far lower in price than the competition for the quality that we provide as we have a great desire to engender the cottage industry to fulfill their need for low end manufacturing. My sincere apologies if this causes any inconvenience.

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    NO, is not possible, I can help with the shipping cost

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    Purchasing and shipping a kit internationally would make the price prohibitive. Are the dxf files available on their own so that the parts can be machined locally?

  • Are there .dxf files or other files for the MDF parts in Combo #1 so that they may be cut using a CNC?

    No, at this time, we do not offer any .dxf or any other type of file to cut the pieces for the DIY Combo #1. Just the directions that you are already able to access with the dimensions in them.

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    Are there .dxf files or other files for the MDF parts in Combo #1 so that they may be cut using a CNC?

  • how long would it take to build the blacktooth laser cutter?

    The blackTooth Laser cutter and Engraver can be built in a weekend. Take a look at the build instructions and try to determine if you feel you have sufficient capability to put together the laser system.

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    how long would it take to build the blacktooth laser cutter?

  • Is the blackTooth Laser Cutter available for custom size orders?

    We will generally consider a change in dimensions or machine features if the change will be beneficial to other users as well. This is due, in part, to the time it takes to make such changes and that it maintains the desired functionality and expected safety.

    What dimensional changes do you wish for the blackTooth?

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    I was hopping to be able to have a cutting surface of 2' x 4'

    Additional Information:
    We have that size in our queue to be designed. However, you may be more interested in the laser adapter we are designing for the existing CNC machines to house a laser tube on the z-axis of these machines. This will be a quicker turnaround.

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    Is there a time frame possibly to having this adapter made as well as cost? I am possibly looking to start a business so I am looking for something I can use to mass produce some specific parts.

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    There is one project that takes precedence to the adapter, so I would expect in two months time.

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    Is the blackTooth Laser Cutter available for custom size orders?

  • where is the build manual for the blacktooth laser? online? I didnt get one with my machine

    For our machines our steps for the build process can be found on the actual machine page with images to reference (please read carefully all the instructions) (https://www.buildyourcnc.com/blackToothLaserCutterAndEngraver.aspx).
    You can get further help here (http://blacktoothlaser.blogspot.ca/2013/04/index-for-blacktooth-laser.html?view=sidebar) a post made by one of our customers!

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    where is the build manual for the blacktooth laser? online? I didnt get one with my machine

  • Can we use a more powerful laser tube in the blackTooth? Say, 100w from ColeTech? Are they just physically too large/long?

    If the laser tube is the same dimensions then yes, that tube can be implemented and take into account the required laser power supply and safety protocols on that high powered laser tube.

    Our blackTooth is a fixed machine and is only made for the 40 watt laser tube that we sell.

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    Can we use a more powerful laser tube in the blackTooth? Say, 100w from ColeTech? Are they just physically too large/long?

  • I have a 4x8 CNC and would like to cut my own parts for the Blackfoot. What is the price for the plans and the electronics ?

    The available options for the blackFoot, is only structural components with hardware, and structure components/hardware with electronic components.
    However we currently do not have any plans available for public use/distribution.

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    I have a 4x8 CNC and would like to cut my own parts for the Blackfoot. What is the price for the plans and the electronics ?

  • I ordered the blacktooth laser cutter, there were only 4 red spade terminals, but the instructions pictures show that there should be more and would include blue spade terminals

    If you received fewer parts than is called for in the instructions, we will send the proper parts to you. Please call us to have these parts sent to you.

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    I ordered the blacktooth laser cutter, there were only 4 red spade terminals, but the instructions pictures show that there should be more and would include blue spade terminals

  • I'm interested in buying your blacktooth laser engraver for cutting out inlays on woodworking projects. I am new to laser engraving/cutting, and CAD. What is the simplest beginning software setup available to allow me to cut 2D shapes and letters for inlay work?

    With our blackTooth kit, if you were to go with our lowest cost machine being $1700. With the parallel breakout board the best new beginner programs you can use, would be Mach 3 and ArtCAM, since it is a good program for beginning users.

    Now if you feel a little comfortable with CAD/CAM, I would recommend CAMBAM and is a good overall software since it has a large design screen which allows you to view your design more clearly.

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    Additional Information:
    I want to avoid the Parallel Port option and go with USB. In that case, is Planet-CNC Software, and ArtCAM the best combination? Does Planet-CNC do the same thing as Mach 3 only with different physical ports?

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    I'm interested in buying your blacktooth laser engraver for cutting out inlays on woodworking projects. I am new to laser engraving/cutting, and CAD. What is the simplest beginning software setup available to allow me to cut 2D shapes and letters for inlay work?

  • what would be required as far as hardware is concerned to build my own 3 axis cnc mill?

    The hardware options to build a 3 axis machine are too vast to be able to recommend any one particular option. This would depend on your design and personal preference.

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    what would be required as far as hardware is concerned to build my own 3 axis cnc mill?

  • I PURCHASED YOUR BOOK TO BUILD A CNC ROUTER, THE PLAN DRAWINGS ARE INDECIPHERABLE AND TEXT WITH THEM IS ILLEGIBLE. THERE NOTE REFER MDF PARTS LAYOUT 1 PDF, 2 PDF PLANS & CUT LIST DOWNLOADABLE FROM THIS SITE. WHERE THEY CAN'T FIND THEM?

    Looks like you are trying to screw me out of $30 plus tax as there will be no pdf files forthcoming unless I shell out another $255. Unless you provide the pdf files I will be forced to seek return of funds and will be notifying VISA, GOOGLE PLAY and the BBB doing so until I get satisfaction. If you are not going to honor your book title by providing complete usable information you should remove your book from the market place, or offer it for free. At this point I don't know how you justify screwing your customers like this, but this one ain't going to take it laying down.

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    Official Buildyourcnc response:
    Thanks for informing us of this issue. Have you looked at this part of the wabsite:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Book.aspx

    The link to the "book" portion of the website is in the footer of every page of the website. If there is a problem with the pdf documents on any page of this portion of the website, please let me know here. Many thanks, Patrick Hood-Daniel

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    I PURCHASED YOUR BOOK TO BUILD A CNC ROUTER, THE PLAN DRAWINGS ARE INDECIPHERABLE AND TEXT WITH THEM IS ILLEGIBLE. THERE NOTE REFER MDF PARTS LAYOUT 1 PDF, 2 PDF PLANS & CUT LIST DOWNLOADABLE FROM THIS SITE. WHERE THEY CAN'T FIND THEM?

  • Can we order a preassembled version of the blacktooth laser cutter and what would the lead time be.

    We do have the option of assembled blackTooth CNC.
    For further information on lead time and quote; please email (customerservice@buildyourcnc.com)

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    Can we order a preassembled version of the blacktooth laser cutter and what would the lead time be.

  • what parts would i need from you to convert my cnc plasma table into a laser cutter? price?

    First, you would need a laser tube, laser power supply, laser controller and a lens holder. You may need mirrors and mirror holders if you plan on orienting the laser tube in a direction other than directly towards the work surface.

    You can find these items and prices here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/LaserComponents.aspx

    You will need to mount the laser tube and power supply. We recommend mounting the tube and power supply to the gantry, or directly to the axis that moves across the gantry for reduced power loss and to eliminate slight drift from mirror alignment error.

    The controller will need to be connected to your existing motor drivers. If you wish to still use your plasma table for plasma cutting work, you will need to have a switch and transistor circuit to switch which controller has precedence to control the drivers (having both controllers connected to the drivers, but having a TTL circuit using buffer/gates chips that is controlled by a single switch. We can assembly this circuit for you for a fee.

    If this is a machine that we did not manufacture, you will need to create the mounts for the laser tube. We can provide guidance for a fee if needed.

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    Will my existing controller not work for controlling both? What would I need to make the laser cut when the table moves. The table has a thc and enable disable circuit. Also when will the mirror mounting head assembly be in stock again?

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    I'm not familiar with the controller that you use for plasma cutting. The principle is probably the same. There is two main axes for movement and a trigger signal to start the plasma cutting. Not sure if your plasma table contains a z-axis that follows closely to the work surface to get the most efficient arcing. That function could be helpful, but not necessary for the laser.

    If your controller has a standard digital level trigger control, then that would be fine.

    Laser controller have the ability to create raster style engraving. If you don't need this functionality, then a laser controller may not be needed.

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    what parts would i need from you to convert my cnc plasma table into a laser cutter? price?

  • Is there any precision or accuracy difference between the vertical and blacktooth lasers?

    I will address the two separately (precision and accuracy):

    Precision (repeatability):
    This is most closely related to the resolution. The blackTooth uses the same mechanical drive (timing belts and pulley) of the same ratios and specifications, so the two machines will be the same in this respect.

    Accuracy:

    The output of the machine (the final physical work) matching the input given to the machine (the design data or instructions for the machine to product the physical work. This has to do with both resolution and how well the machine will hold up over time and through environmental changes.

    With that said, both machines have very similar attributes in mechanics and structure. The overall structure is made of MDO (Medium Density Overlay) and has a very low coefficient of linear expansion with regards to temperature change, so accuracy will not be affected in any appreciable manner over time with the two machines. The Vertical Laser XL does use more industry standard rails to hold the heavy gantry, but this will be differ appreciably since the blackTooth will exhibit rigidity by virtue of its size.

    It really is best to consider the application and size as the main aspects of deciding between these two machines.

    Hope this helps.


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    We're looking at getting the vertical so we can run both large and small jobs on the same machine. It sounds like running a small job on the vertical (using a positioning jig) would provide results at least as
    good as running the same job on the blacktooth. Does this sound about right?

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    Is there any precision or accuracy difference between the vertical and blacktooth lasers?

  • I have the build your own CNC kit 3 Axis CNC Machine 2008, were can I get the Gcode or vector files for it ? I wanted to have it laser cut