User Manual for Laserbox Rotary

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1. Unbox and check

Laserbox Rotary comes with the following parts. If there is any part missed, contact us at support@xtool.com.

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① Laserbox Rotary
② Power cable
③ USB cable
④ Smoke exhaust pipe components
⑤ Material pack
⑥ User manual
⑦ Purifier 1 components: To use these components, you need to purchase a pack that include them. For details about how to install them, see Purifier 1.
⑧ Purifier 2 components: To use these components, you need to purchase a pack that include them. For details about how to install them, see Purifier 2.
⑨ Rotary Attachment components: To use these components, you need to purchase a pack that include them. For details about how to install them, see How to Install the Rotary Attachment for Laserbox Rotary.

2. Meet your Laserbox Rotary

1: Button
2: Annular indicator
3: Power switch
4: Power port
5: USB port
6: Ethernet port
7: Smoke outlet
8: Aviation port
9: Camera
10: Laser tube
11: Laser module
12: Honeycomb panel
13: Tray
14: Rotary Attachment port

3. Use Laserbox Rotary

Set up your machine as follows and turn it on. 

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Note: If the pack you've purchased includes a purifier, install it before you use Laserbox Rotary. For details about how to install the purifier, see "5. Meet and use your purifier."

Understand the annular indicator

State
Description
Blinking white
Being started
Solid white
Waiting to be connected
Blinking blue
Ready. The design has been received.
Solid blue
Standby. The machine has been connected to a PC.
Six LEDs lit up one by one
Operating. LEDs light up one by one, indicating the progress of the engraving or cutting.
Solid green
Process completed
Breathing green
Sleep state, entered if no operation is performed in 10 minutes
Solid red
Exceptions occur
Solid purple
Upgrading firmware

4. Use the default functions

Laserbox Rotary is Laserbox Rotary provides the following two default functions that you can use without software or a computer:

Process what you draw

Equipped with a high-definition and wide-angle camera, Laserbox Rotary can recognize our official materials by labels and recognize lines and patterns drawn on the materials or copy paper A4. 

By default, it cuts red and black lines. 

Attention

  • Use our official materials. Reflective materials or materials too dark will make it much harder for Laserbox Rotary to recognize lines or patterns.mceclip5.png

  • Use markers whose tips are large enough. Make sure that the line width is no smaller than 2mm.mceclip3.png

  • Make sure that the patterns you've drawn are large enough for Laserbox Rotary to recognize. mceclip4.png

  • Do not draw your lines or patterns close to the edges of a material to too close to the material label.mceclip6.png

Use this function

What you need is:

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1. Draw on one of our official material. mceclip7.png
2. Place the material in the center of the working area of Laserbox Rotary. mceclip8.png
3. Close the lid. mceclip9.png
4. Press the button on Laserbox Rotary and wait for the processing to complete. mceclip10.png
5. Open the lid and take out your works. mceclip11.png

 

Alternatively, you can draw one pattern and use it for multiple times.

What you need is:

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1. Draw on a piece of copy paper A4. mceclip1.png
2. Place the copy paper and one of our official material together in the working area of Laserbox Rotary, with the copy paper on the left side. mceclip2.png
3. Close the lid. mceclip3.png
4. Press the button on Laserbox Rotary and wait for the processing to complete. mceclip10.png
5. Open the lid and take out your works. mceclip5.png
6. Close the lid again. mceclip6.png
7. Press the button on Laserbox Rotary and wait for the processing to complete. mceclip7.png
8. Open the lid and take out your works. mceclip8.png

 

Process what you pick

Laserbox Rotary can automatically recognize patterns you select from the example project file.

Download the file and print it on a piece of copy paper A4:

File for "Process what you pick"

What you need is

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1. Select a pattern on the printed sheet. mceclip10.png
2. Write or draw something in the dashed box. mceclip11.png
3. Place the printed sheet and one of our official material together in the working area of Laserbox Rotary, with the printed sheet on the left side. mceclip12.png
4. Close the lid. mceclip13.png
5. Press the button on Laserbox Rotary and wait for the processing to complete. mceclip14.png
6. Open the lid and take out your works. mceclip15.png

 

Modify the default functions

You can modify the default functions, such as enabling Laserbox Rotary to engrave some patterns, on the Laserbox software.

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For more information about how to use the Laserbox software, see User Manual for Laserbox Software.

 

5. Meet and use your purifier

Purifier 1

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15: Filter
16: Indicator
17: Aviation port
18: Smoke inlet
19: Smoke outlet

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Purifier 2

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20: Lid
21: Pre-filter
22: Medium filter
23: HEPA filter
24: Chassis
25: Air flow rate knob
26: Power switch
27: Power port

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6. Use the Laserbox software to operate Laserbox Rotary

You can operate Laserbox Rotary by using the Laserbox software. To download and obtain the instructions of the Laserbox software, see User Manual for Laserbox Software.
Tips: If your computer doesn't support the USB cable delivered with Laserbox Rotary, you need to connect it to your computer by using an adapter.

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7. Cutting & engraving parameter reference

Material Cutting Engraving
Speed Power Speed Power
0mm Paper 80mm/s 25% 80mm/s 25%
7.1mm iPhone6s - - 72mm/s 50%
3mm Basswood 16mm/s 95% 64mm/s 40%
5mm Basswood 6mm/s 100% 64mm/s 40%
3mm Black Walnut 10mm/s 95% 64mm/s 50%
5mm Black Walnut 10mm/s 100% 64mm/s 50%
3mm Pine 10mm/s 95% 64mm/s 50%
5mm Pine 10mm/s 95% 64mm/s 50%
3mm Cherry 11mm/s 95% 64mm/s 50%
5mm Cherry 9mm/s 100% 64mm/s 50%
3mm Mahogany 12mm/s 95% 64mm/s 50%
5mm Mahogany 5mm/s 100% 64mm/s 50%
3mm Willow 10mm/s 95% 64mm/s 50%
5mm Willow 4mm/s 100% 64mm/s 50%
3mm Acrylic 6mm/s 100% 64mm/s 50%
5mm Acrylic 3mm/s 100% 64mm/s 50%
2mm Cardboard 32mm/s 90% 80mm/s 35%
3.5mm Cardboard 22mm/s 100% 80mm/s 35%
2.5mm Acrylic 6mm/s 100% 64mm/s 50%
3mm Dense board 12mm/s 90% 64mm/s 30%
2.5mm Basswood 16mm/s 95% 64mm/s 40%
1.8mm Basswood 16mm/s 95% 64mm/s 40%
Cylindrical engraving
Glass bottles - - 80mm/s 20%
Mineral water bottle - - 16mm/s 80%
Acrylic - - 40mm/s 80%
Paper towel tube - - 24mm/s 80%
Easy Pull Can - - 80mm/s 30%
Wood cylinder - - 40mm/s 80%
Tsingtian Stone - - 80mm/s 20%
Ceramic Mug - - 80mm/s 20%


8. Meet, install, and use Rotary Attachment

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29: Device connection port
30: Adjustable roller
31: Roller stand
32: Slot × 3
33: Fixed roller

For details about how to install and use Rotary Attachment, see How to Install the Rotary Attachment for Laserbox Rotary.

 

9. After-sales services

For technical support, contact us through support@makeblock.com.
For more information about after-sales services, visit support.xtool.com.
 

10. Statement

Welcome to use Makeblock products!
Before installing and using the product for the first time, please carefully read all the accompanying materials of the product to improve your experience with it. If you fail to use the product according to the instructions and requirements of the Manual, or mis-operate the product due to misunderstanding, etc., Makeblock Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen) will bear no responsibility for any loss resulting therefrom, except for losses due to improper installation or operation by Makeblock professional maintenance personnel.
Makeblock Co., Ltd. has collated the contents of the Manual rigorously and carefully, but errors or omissions may remain.
Makeblock Co., Ltd. is committed to continuously improving product functions and service quality, and therefore reserves the right to change any product or software described in the Manual and the contents of the Manual at any time without prior notice.
The Manual is intended to help you use the product properly and does not include any description of hardware and software configuration. For product configuration, refer to the related contract (if any) and packing list, or consult your distributor. Images in the Manual are for reference only and the actual product may vary.
Protected by copyright laws and regulations, the Manual shall not be reproduced or transcribed in any way, or be transmitted on any wired or wireless network in any manner, or be translated into any language without the prior written authorization of Makeblock Co., Ltd..
 
11. Safety First (Important)
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Warning
Physical injuries or damage to the machine may be caused if you do not follow the instructions or principles.
 
Warning
Physical injuries or damage to the machine may be caused by laser light if you do not follow the instructions or principles.

 

General safety

Read and get familiar with all safety precautions and procedures before using the machine. Strictly follow all safety precautions and ensure that the machine is properly assembled and is working properly.
Follow the operating principles:
  • Check the machine for damage every time before you use it. Do not operate it in any way when any damage or defect is found.
  • Ensure that the workspace is clean and flat. The laser tube is made of glass and is very fragile. If it is broken, the machine fails to work.
  • Do not disassemble the machine or change its structure in any way without authorization. Do not modify or decompile its operating system.
  • Do not leave the machine unattended when it is working. Pay attention to whether it is working properly.
  • Keep the inside of the Laserbox clean. Residues and chippings accumulated during cutting and engraving are dangerous and may cause fire. Clean the chippings and residues in the honeycomb panel and tray regularly.
  • The machine works properly at the temperature of 5°C to 25°C. Do not operate it at a temperature lower than 0°C.

Laser safety

Generally, the laser tube works with a casing. Laserbox Rotary is equipped with a safety interlock switch. If the lid of the machine is opened during work, the laser stops processing and causes no harm to human bodies, with no need for special safety precautions.
Follow the safety precautions:
  • Do not operate the machine when any part of it (such as the tray) is removed. Removing any part may expose the laser system and cause damage to the machine. Note that CO2 laser beams are invisible.
  • Do not engrave or cut any material that contains PVC or vinyl (processed plastics are not recommended). These materials (and other materials containing chlorine/chloride) can generate corrosive vapor that is extremely harmful to the human body and may cause damage to the machine. Any damage caused by engraving or cutting any material containing PVC or vinyl is not covered by Makeblock’s warranty.
  • Do not engrave or cut any unknown materials. Vaporization/melting of many materials, which include, but are not limited to PVC and polycarbonate, may release harmful smoke.
  • Do not operate the laser when the lid is opened or the tray pulled out. Do not tamper with the safety mechanism of the lid.
  • Ensure proper connection with the smoke purifier before operation. Most materials produce pungent smoke when being processed, which include but are not limited to, paint, varnish, composite boards, and plastics that may generate hazardous compounds during laser processing.
The American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers (Z136.1-2000) from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the standard for reference on laser safety here. It is the fundamental document for relative federal regulations and the laser industry, and the laser safety guidance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It covers details on how to properly install and use lasers.
 

Fire safety

When the machine cuts or engraves a material, a high-density laser beam falls on the material, heating up the surface of the material to vaporize it without burning. But most materials are inherently flammable and may be ignited to form an open flame that may burn down the machine (even if it is made of flame-retardant materials) and its surroundings. From our experience, using laser to perform vector cutting is most likely to produce an open flame. In particular, acrylic is proved to be extremely flammable in vector cutting.
Read the following warnings and suggestions carefully:
  • Do not stack materials (especially organic ones, such as paper) around the machine. They may cause the spread of flames and increase the risk of material ignition.
  • Do not leave the machine unattended when it is working. If the machine works with incorrect settings and is left unattended for a long period of time, or if a mechanical or electrical fault occurs, a fire may be caused.
  • Clean the machine regularly. Excessive accumulation of residues and chippings from cutting and engraving may increase the risk of fire. Remove and clean the honeycomb panel and tray periodically to ensure that there is no residue or chipping inside the machine.
  • Ensure that the area around the machine is clean without any cluttered flammable materials, explosives, or volatile solvents, such as acetone, alcohol, or gasoline. Keep a fire extinguisher and perform regular maintenance and inspection of it.

Electrical safety

The laser tube of the machine has a silicone rubber casing, which can effectively shield the internal power cable from laser beams. If covers are loose and the internal power cable is exposed, stop operating and contact us for customer services.
Read the following warnings and suggestions carefully:
  • Do not disassemble the machine when it is connected to a power supply. Otherwise, an electric shock may be caused.
  • Do not touch any electronic area with your hands or other tools when the machine is connected to a power supply.
  • You can power on or off the machine with the power switch on the rear panel. Press (-) to power it on and press (o) to power it off.

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