K40 upgrade

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Etienne Marcel
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2023 2:21 pm
Location: Virton
Country: Belgium
Nickname: papbo
Laser Machine Make or Type: k40 modified
Laser Power: 40W
Laser Bed Size: 220cmx330cm
Home Position: TL
Control Software: RDWORKS
RDWorks Version: V8.01.60
Ruida Controller: RDC6445
Windows Version: W11

A couple of year ago I have purchased a K40 laser machine with a m2nano board controller.
Now I have installed a Ruida 6445S controller and Leadshine DM542 stepper motor driver.
From the origine machine, I have keep the X and Y motors and mechanics axis .
After rewiring the machine, it is time to start the tests and the problems start.
I am using RDworks to communicate with the Ruida controller.
At the power On, X and Y axis are going to the home position located on Top Left, the limit switches are recognized and the axis stop.
If I try to move the axis with the arrows keyboard on the panel or with the RDworks software , the motors start to grunt.
I can change settings on the ruida panel or in the Reworks vendors settings and save them both way without problems, however if I change the X and/or Y home offset on the Ruida panel and press the write button, and if I read the vendor settings with RDworks, the home offset change is not loaded in RDworks. On the other hand, if I change the home offset in the Reworks and write the change , the home offset is not changed in the Ruida panel.
If I applied an home offset , for example 5mm, when the homing is completed, the axis try to go away from the limit switches and start vibrate strongly.
I will really appreciate a vendor settings parameters for a K40 laser engine modified with a Ruida 6445S panel.
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Gareth Lewis
Posts: 32
Joined: Mon Jan 03, 2022 12:35 pm
Location: Aberdare, RCT, Wales
Country: United Kingdom
Nickname: Gareth
Laser Machine Make or Type: Tangerine Tiger
Laser Power: 50W
Laser Bed Size: 300 x 500
Home Position: BL
Control Software: RDWORKS
RDWorks Version: v8.01.47
LightBurn Version: v1.5.03
Ruida Controller: RDC6442
Windows Version: 10
Accessories: Rotary Unit, Camera, digital millammeter, digital thermometer readout

Hi Etienne,

A late response I know, but may still be of use to others.

Check out the K40 Xtreeem video series by Russ Sadler, where he completely upgrades a K40 system with a Ruida 6442 controller and other enhancements

https://laseruser.com/k40-xtreeem-laser ... rade-menu/
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