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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 other [[Contributors]].

A laser cutter consists of several components, as described on [[How does a laser cutter work?|this 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 [[LAOS I2C panel v0.3]] - 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 a 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. [[Laser cutters]]

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

h2. [[Electronics]]

* [What is the electronics for?]
* [[LAOS Mainboard v0.3]]
* [[LAOS I2C Panel v0.3]]

h2. [[Software]]

* [[Software overview]]
* [LAOS firmware]
* [[LAOS configuration file]]
* [[LAOS CUPS driver]]
* [[VisiCut]]

h2. Additional information Useful links

* [Historical notes]
* original wiki -