I replaced the controller in the laser engraver/cutter with an Arduino and RAMPS board. This lets me use g-code and thus an easier and more flexible workflow. Winter is here so shop time is limited but I did get some testing done and it works great.
The software that comes with the laser is mostly in Chinese and limited in functionality but was pretty easy to get started with. I made a round tuit with no alignment or tweaks to the unit and it turned out pretty decent.
I also made a rolling table to hold the laser and cooling water reservoir (5 gallon bucket).
I bought a cheap Chinese 40W 2030 (20cm x 30cm cutting area) laser engraver/cutter and unpacked it today. There is a lot to be done to make it safe and usable and I can’t wait to start making things with it.
setup-x86.exe -Dq -s http://mirrors.koehn.com/cygwin/cygwin-ftp/ \ -P openssl,curl,wget,lynx,nc,inetutils,rsync,vim,bind,sed,awk,binutils,\ ncdu,sleep,less,gzip,zip,unzip,bc,procps,openssh,cygrunsrv,wget,vi -R c:/cygwin