Setup Hardware

To mount the PLH3D-6W Series laser head, the following tools are required:

  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Hex Key H2.5
  • Hex Key H3
  • A few zip ties (potentially)

Mounting Setup

  1. Unpack the WorkBee PLH3D Mount. All necessary screws have been included.

  1. Unpack the LaserDock Magnetic Docking Station.

  1. Screw one side of the docking station onto the LWorkBee PLH3D Mount and then sandwich the laser head between the two parts of the docking station as depicted in the steps ā€œaā€ to ā€œdā€ below. Finish by screwing the second element of the docking station onto the laser head.

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  1.  Use an M5x18mm spacer to be able to install the laser mount without removing the dust shoe (possible only for mounting on the left- and right-hand sides). Mounting the docking station on the left-hand side is the recommended option, because, in this scenario, the laser cable will not face the user. Nevertheless, both left- and right-hand side mounting will decrease the workspace.

  1. Use an M5x10mm screw to screw the WorkBee PLH3D Mount onto the spacers.

Wiring Setup

  1. Connect one end of the PLH3D-CNC Adapter-to-Laser Head Cable to the docking station on WorkBee mount. Attach the cable to the mount with a zip tie.

Wirring Setup for WorkBee Laser

  1. More zip ties can be used to wrap the cable at the top of the Z-axis and on the other side of the X-axis.

Guiding the cable for laser engraverWirring Laser at WorkBee

  1. Attach the cable to the X-axis drag chain or put it through it.

Wirring Cable for Laser Upgrade

  1. Drag the cable behind the Duet mount.

Wirring for WorkBee

  1. Put it under the X-axis motor and through the Y-axis drag chain.

wirring workbee laser upgrade

  1. Pull the cable from the other side of the Y-axis drag chain.

WorkBee Wirring for Laser Engraver

  1. Connect the cable to the output of the PLH3D-CNC Adapter.

PLH3D-CNC Connection for WorkBee

  1. Put the WorkBee Signal Cable into the Y-axis drag chain.

WorkBee WiringWorkBee Wiring

  1. Use a zip tie to attach the cable to the other wires.

WorkBee Wirring

  1. Put the signal wires through the hole in the Y-plate (the one where the X-axis motor is mounted) and the hole in Duet mount.

WorkBee Wirring

  1. Secure the wires with a zip tie.

Securing Wires at WorkBee

  1. Connect the wires to the Duet controller.
  2. Connect the WorkBee Signal Cable to the input of the PLH3D-CNC Adapter.

Laser Connection to Controller with WorkBee

Laser Connection to WorkBee controller

WorkBee to Adapter ConnectionWorkBee to Adapter Connection

  1. Connect the 19V 2.5A Desktop Power Supply to the PLH3D-CNC Adapter.

PSU Connection to Adapter

PSU Connection for WorkBee Adapter