Here’s the short “how to do this” with the long “why it has to be this way” skipped in the interest of time (and difficulties with turning my brain waves into concepts decipherable by other humans )
The LaserBoard comes with a 24v 4a Power Brick included. It needs a sufficient and clean power source to power it and the power brick that came with your laser will not cut it (but we will use it to power the diode, see onward).
I have made this mockup:
In this pic, the LaserBoard has its own power brick plugged into the DC Jack on the right side of it.
On the left side of the board, an adapter is used to convert the 12v DC from your existing laser power brick.
- That 2 pin red and black wire from the diode, the red wire will go to the + marked here (reddish wire in pic)
- The black wire from your diode will go to the
Laser Diode Out - on LaserBoard (blue wire in pic)
- A common ground must be established so the - from the 12v brick goes to the ground rail on LaserBoard (orange wire in pic).
I will include that adapter and some wire for you.
Here’s what you need:
LaserBoard, the 24v power brick is included with it.
USB Cable option, as the cable types are different and a high quality one like ours is needed for stable operation
Endstop switches, at least 2 for X and Y, I recommend this type: https://cohesion3d.com/shop/peripherals/mechanical-limit-switch/
The Official LightBurn Camera if you want it. You will probably need to make an arm and a mount to have it sufficiently above the bed and looking down.
You will need to wire it up (X motor, make splitter for Y Motors), add the endstops (the ones I linked will plug right in to LaserBoard’s endstop header row), and make some changes to the config file on the board’s memory card to set the bed size, homing corner, steps per mm and speed/ acceleration values for the particular machine, and the motor currents.
It’s all pretty straightforward in my mind, but as always I do encourage a tinkering and problem solving mentality to handle the unexpected surprises that come up
I would ask that you take pics and notes along the way so that we can turn this into a guide, and I will try to help out as best I can.
I do caution that I will be traveling for a trade show starting next week. If you order in the next day or so I can get it shipped out before I leave, but my availability to answer questions will be a bit limited during my travels.