Epilog

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Welcome to the exploration of the Epilog Laser Cutting Machine, a pioneering device reshaping the landscape of fabrication and design. Epilog laser machines boast cutting-edge specifications, tailoring their capabilities to the diverse needs of industries and creative pursuits. Unveiling the intricacies of this technology, we delve into the associated costs, unravel the intricacies of the cutting process, and identify the spectrum of suitable materials for this versatile tool. Additionally, we'll uncover the machine's special features that set it apart in the market, all while emphasizing the paramount importance of safety in the operation of this powerful device. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a passionate hobbyist, join us in understanding the Epilog Laser Cutting Machine's impact on precision and creativity.

Materials

Various materials can be cut and/or engraved on this machine. Especially various types of wood and acrylic (PMMA) are often used.

Please ask if you want to use materials other than wood or acrylic. Some materials are absolutely forbidden: Any material containing PVC (Polyvinyl Cloride) as this creates toxic fumes.

Glass and metals can be engraved using this machine. However, it is best to use our Trotec speedy 300 Flexx for this, as this machine has a fiber lasersource. It is not possible to cut through glass or metals. You can use our Wazer watercutter to do that.

Focussing

The Epilog has 2 ways to focus the laser onto your material.

  1. Autofocus: as explained in the way of working above;
  2. Manual focus using the plunger:

Fiducials

The Epilog has a camera in the carriage, right next to the laser. The machine can use this camera to track marker-dots, called fiducials.

How to

The way of working on this machine is depicted in the images below.

Preparation of your design Step 1 and 2 Step 3 and 4
Preparation
Step 1 and 2
Step 3 and 4


Videos

Help

Maintenance

Lens cleaning

The lens will require regular cleaning. The procedure to this:

Mirror cleaning

There are 4 mirrors to maintain.

  1. located bottom left backside (seen from front of machine) - align top left.
  2. located top left backside - align bottom left.
  3. located on the carriage - align top right and bottom right.
  4. located in the lens assembly.

Only clean the mirrors using the Epilog lens & mirror cleaning liquid and only use the Epilog lens & mirror cleaning tissues. Never use anything else, because you might scratch and damage the lens/mirror!

Especially mirror number 4, located in the lens assembly, and to a lesser extend, mirror number 3, located on the carriage, require regular cleaning. After cleaning it and putting it back into the assembly, the mirror needs alignment. Please see below on how to do that.

Mirror alignment

There are 4 mirrors to align.

  1. located bottom left backside (seen from front of machine) - align top left.
  2. located top left backside - align bottom left.
  3. located on the carriage - align top right and bottom right.
  4. located in the lens assembly.


Put the alignment crosshairs cap into the carriage.

Enable the red dot using the laser button on the touchscreen.

Go to menu -> Settings -> Alignment.

Mirror 1 and 2 are aligned using Top-left and Bottom-left alignment. Both mirror 1 and mirror 2 can be found behind magnetic metal plates.

Mirror 3 is aligned using Top-right and Bottom-right alignment.

Mirror 1 is located behind a magnetic metal plate





To remove the mirror for cleaning: use the middle black screw. When re-inserting make sure the red dot laser is exactly on the crosshair target.

To align the mirror, use the 3 screws around the black plastic screw.

Mirror 2.Alignment screws are the 3 black screws surrounding the middle screw

For better visual of the crosshair, you can open the black side curtain. It is fixed using Velcro.

Cleaning underneath the workbed

Camera calibration

Changing filters

Further reading

Epilog Fusion series manual

Fun projects curated by Epilog