Category Archives: Informative

CO2 Laser Lens Focus Length Explained

co2 laser focus length explained

The type of lens we use with a CO2 laser is optimized for the transmission of 10.6μm infrared wavelength. Light enters the lens and begins to converge to the focal point, after the focal point the light begins to diverge creating an hourglass profile. The rate and angle at which light converges and diverges depending […]

How to disable Axis from homing in RDWORKS V8 in the event of a failed home proximity sensor

step-2 rd works disable home

A common failure of chinese laser engraving machines is failure of the home sensor. Each time the machine is powered on, the laser head will travel to its zero position, most commonly the top right of the machine. A sensor tells the controller when home is reached and sets that point at 0mm in the […]

Looking after your mirrors and lens

co2 laser lense damage

Caring for your optics The goal of this article is to educate and inform the end user of the best methods to clean and maintain optics using industry proven best practices. Optics are considered as consumable items, but there is no reason why optical care should not be of up most importance. Following this guide […]

Why is my engraving not solid and why am i using more power

Bad laser engraving quality

One of my clients informs me he is having issues with his engravings, he is having to run the job at a higher power to engrave and cut and is getting bad results, intermittent lines, gaps etc. My first step in troubleshooting this issue is for him to change from X swing to Y swing, […]

Things to consider when buying a laser engraver


Thinking about purchasing a laser engraver?   At ATKlaser we deal with people everyday who have been duped into buying low quality faulty eBay Chinese machines. These machines are made to a budget which is constantly being slashed in order to keep the market competitive. Sellers are looking to make the maximum profit on an […]

X700 Co2 Laser Honeycomb Bed Leveling Guide

X700 Co2 Laser Bed Leveling Guide Your bed must be perpendicular to your linear rails, if this is not the case you are not utilizing the full power of your machine across the entirety of your work space. Each corner of the honeycomb work bed is suspended by ACME style lead screws, these 4 screws […]

CO2 Laser Tube Problems – March Question & Answer session

Laser tube arcing to machine

CO2 Laser tube arc to the machine body or stepper motor I get sent a lot of questions from new and existing readers of my blog in regards to issues they have been having with their CO2 laser tubes. 90% of these questions are regarding certain common problems and can be answered with a simple copy and […]

Battle of the Backlash


Backlash – “Recoil arising between parts of a mechanism.” A problem i am almost guaranteed to find on 90% of the machines i visit. Backlash occurs whenever the laser head changes direction, mostly apparent on the X axis of the x700. When the head changes direction a couple steps are lost taking up the slack in belts […]

Your Responsibility as an Employer

It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this. This means making sure that workers and others are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively controlling any risks […]