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h1. LAOS Laser



This site is about an Open Source laser engraver/cutter controller system, both hardware and software. Further info can be found on the [[Rationale and background]] page. The site was created in 2010 by Jaap Vermaas and Peter Brier, and is now being taken further with the help of many [[Contributors]].

A laser cutter consists of several components, further described on the [[Overview]] page - this site focuses on units such as the [[HPC LS3020]], in combination with the LAOS electronics. For a full list, see the [[Laser Cutters|Supported lasers]] so far. The current electronics are [[LAOS Mainboard v0.3]] and [[i2cpanel vx.x]] - older versions are listed on the [[Electronics]] page.

> Tip: for quick navigation, see the tabs at the top of each page on this site.

h2. HowTo's

* Figure out what you'll need and where to get it
* Prepare your laser cutter for use with LAOS (including first firing test)
* Assemble the LAOS electronics boards
* Install firmware and verify proper operation
* Connect the electronics and hook it up to your network
* Install required software on your Windows, Mac, or Linux pc
* Troubleshooting - Where to get help - Contributing to this wiki

h2. Reference

h3. [[Laser cutters]]

* How does a laser cutter work?
* [[HPC LS3020]]
* Materials and settings

h3. [[Electronics]]

* What is the electronics for?
* [[LAOS Mainboard v0.3]]
* I2cpanel vx.x

h3. [[Software]]

* Purpose of the software
* [[LAOS firmware]]
* LAOS CUPS driver
* [[VisiCut]]

h2. Useful links

* original wiki -