NOTE: its a good idea to tape it up first and view it before you stick it down. The mounts are 3d printed and the adhesive is strong. Removal would likely break it. If you happen to get it upside down  (many do) that's no big deal, just take out the screws and flip the camera housing around. And, along those lines, leave the cable ties loose enough to feed the cable back through in case you need to. You can snug everything up once you are satisfied with the installation. Also, as this is a living document, the static PDF version has been archived. Please always refer to this article.


And here is everything you need to know about the cameras: ThunderCAMs vs. LightBurn & Other USB Webcams


Kit Contents

LightBurn Camera

LightBurn Cam Mount

Camera USB Cable

USB Adapter

USB Cable

Mounting Accessories

 



Camera Mounting & Cable Routing




The camera should be mounted to the lid, centrally located above the bed. The camera USB cable can be routed through the glass retaining clips across and down the right side of the lid then through the existing grommet that accesses the main electronics bay. Some wire ties and adhesive mounting pads are included to help secure the cabling.


Interfacing The U-Disk Port

This will allow the camera to utilize the U-Disk port on the side of the machine to neatly get the camera connected to your computer without drilling holes or finding an existing exit point. If you use the U-Disk port under normal conditions you may need to modify this approach. The end goal is to connect the USB camera directly to the PC.

 

          Remove the U-Disk USB cable from the DSP controller U-Disk Port


        

 Connect the adapter to the DSP U-Disk Cable


 Connect the LightBurn camera to the U-Disk cable via the USB adapter

 

 

          Connect the USB cable from the U-Disk port on the outside panel of the laser to your PC


Calibration and alignment procedures are a function of LightBurn. 

Here are some handy resources:



https://github.com/LightBurnSoftware/Documentation/blob/master/Using_a_Camera.md


https://forum.lightburnsoftware.com/t/lightburn-camera-setup-and-calibration/701/1 


And some tips and tricks on the calibration:

https://forum.lightburnsoftware.com/t/the-camera-doesnt-find-the-lens-calibration-pattern-no-pattern-found/8667


Here is the actual workflow on a Nova 24 (sorry about the audio):



And a redo on the same machine to dial it in even more:



And everything you wanted to know about the ThunderCAM: ThunderCAMs vs. LightBurn & Other USB Webcams