It is time to get prepared. Your Pro-Series 24 x 16+ laser cutter has been shipped and is about to arrive at your chosen destination. With just a little forethought, the transformation of your space into a manufacturing workshop can be smooth and easy. Follow these guidelines to prepare your workspace before your Pro-Series 24 x 16+ arrives.
1. Select a Location
You probably already have a location in mind, however, there are some qualities you want to make sure the location has. First, you will need a large, open space for the machine. Pro-Series 24 x 16+ dimensions are 56” x 31.5” x 36.5” and weighs approximately 250 lbs. You also want to be sure the room is large enough to accommodate not only the laser cutter, but also the cooling system, the exhaust system and the air assist system. You will also need enough space to work in. This includes a place for your laptop or computer, raw materials, and some elbow room.
2. Safety Inspection
Once you have selected the space you will place your laser cutter, you will want to consider safety protocol. Before your Pro-Series 24 x 16+ arrives be sure you have a properly inspected fire extinguisher. You will also want to have a first aid kit in, or near, your workspace. Finally, have an emergency plan ready in case of fire or other safety issue. These are crucial elements for a safe workspace and should be prepared well in advance of your machine’s arrival.
3. Power Requirements
Your laser cutter is configured to work with standard power for your region. Remember that besides the laser cutter itself, you will need additional power outlets (and space) for the exhaust system, the laser tube cooling system, the air assist system and your computer. Be sure you have adequate power outlets and enough space to keep cords out of sight so you don’t trip over them.
4. Exhaust Requirements
Your Pro-Series 24x16+ includes an exhaust fan, so that fumes and particles created from laser cutting different materials can be exhausted away from the workspace. This is typically done through a simple ventilation system that exits the fumes out a window or an installed exhaust duct (like a common clothes dryer). If your workspace does not have a window or an installed exhaust port, you can purchase a fume extractor. Fume extractors use a filter system and do not require outside ventilation. If you intend on using a fume extractor, you will want to order it with (or prior) to your purchase of the Pro-Series 24x16+ laser so it is ready to go.
5. Pro-Series 24 x 16+ Arrival
When your laser cutter arrives, you will need a forklift to lift the crate to your workspace and to lift the machine from the crate. Once in your workspace, you must assemble the cooling, air assist and exhaust systems. Some required items are not included with your machine. For the cooling system you will need up to a gallon of distilled water. You will also need a small pair of scissors to cut zip ties holding the focus head during shipping. Finally, you can download the user manual prior to arrival to fully understand all aspects of your laser cutter.
When your Pro-Series laser cutter arrives, the best way to get started right away is to be prepared and have your workspace safe and ready for work.