MUCH OF THIS CONTENT IS DIRECTLY FROM THE ROTOBOSS SERIES DOCUMENTATION.

WE ARE MODIFYING AND EXPANDING ON THE THUNDER SPECIFIC CONTENT.

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Released November 1, 2019

Updated to Metal plates 1 June 2020

US Patent Pending (63/039,019 & 29/738,089)

 

This documentation covers the following Thunder Laser USA Specific rotary devices:

 

ROTO

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ROTO JR

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General Information:


Thunder Laser USA RotoBoss rotary devices come equipped with the same EZ-Servo hybrid motors used for the incredible motion control systems in the Nova series machines. 

Both the RotoBoss and the RotoBoss JR are configured at a length of 21 inches. The height is approximately 8.5 inches, and the width is approximately 9 inches.

The Low Roller is XX inches long, XX inches high and X inches wide.



Wiring Configurations:


For Thunder laser users with a machine that has a 5 Pin Plug and a switch for the rotary connection will sit in the machine with the motor on the right side of the machine. This configuration takes your Y channel and outputs it to the rotary port, leaving your y axis disabled. The majority of Ruida controlled lasers are this way.

 

The machines with a 7 pin XLR port and no switch (even if there is a hole for one) use custom DSP firmware and use the U channel (A axis in LightBurn rotary settings) for the rotary so your Y axis is never taken offline and the port is autosensing. You plug in the rotary and you are ready to go!

Rotary Placement:


For those with the Nova 24 or Odin 22 and the Low Roller, you may want to remove the honeycomb and use the blade system (Nova 24) or aluminum bed (Odin) to gain a bit more clearance. 


The best way to line up your rotary (in most cases) is to draw a line down the middle of a cup and move the red dot over one side and then shift it to the other. You will adjust the rotary placement until it is straight. 


The center of the motor side of the rotary can be found by placing the red dot over the clamp arm on the left over the center of the 3 in 3D.



 

 

Machine and Software setup


 

THUNDER SPECIFIC ROTARY SETUP AND WORKFLOWS CAN BE FOUND HERE:

https://support.thunderlaserusa.com/support/solutions/folders/65000154026



 

Note: These settings are based on testing of said machines and are only baseline numbers that may need to be tweaked for your machine/setup


Ruida Controllers settings for Lasers:


Thunder Laser: Circle Pulse set to = 4400 and Diameter set to = 59mm.

Using Lightburn, setup goes as follows:

From the main screen, click on the Edit tab and scroll down to the Machine settings tab (make sure the laser is on and connected to your PC) Scroll down to the Rotary parameters and fill in as shown below. 

Your numbers will differ based on the machine. You can also use this screen to turn rotary on or off or with the button shown below on the main screen of Lightburn. 

I have found that If you use the rotary setup screen it will not function properly due to the extra info they can ask for.

 

 

 

For Lightburn, if you do not have The Rotary enable switch on your main screen do the following. Go to the Edit tab, scroll down to settings. Look for the tab that says show rotary enable and click it green. Hit ok and it will exit to the main screen, you should now have the enable rotary button under the laser tab on the right. 


TEST prior to running machine:


Create a 25.4 x 25.4 mm box and fine tune setting from there. If the image is stretched lower your circle pulse/pulse per rev and vice versa for too small.


When trying to enable the rotary button for the main screen follow previous instructions and search for beginner mode (circled below) and make sure it is disabled as well.


From RDWorks take your image and rotate it 90 Deg (top of image should face left)


From LightBurn take your image and rotate 270 deg (top of image should face left)


Rotary Device Adjustment & Usage

 

Vertical Adjustments:


A unique feature to my rotary that no other has is a simple vertical adjustment of both the Motor and Slave wheel side to accommodate those awkward and otherwise hard to engrave items such as bottles, vases, wine glasses and more. Pictures below show the two adjusters, one on either end. 


The use of lead screws and anti-backlash nuts allows for simple, quick, and efficient adjustment by just turning the knob until the desired height is reached. They will hold and maintain position nearly eliminating the need for locking thumb screws (2 provided to use as needed)

 

 

Adjusting horizontal sled:


The Lead Screw for adjusting the gap distance between rotary wheels can be adjusted by simply turning the knob or (as I do) just twist the rod with your finger for quick and accurate adjustments that hold their position. 

 



The Drive Side Assembly: (some components may vary based on application)

This side has the block and pulley tensioner (blue block with pulley) maintains the belt tension by adjusting the hex bolt (do not over tighten belt, could cause damage)

 

 

On top of that is the forward backstop that holds the cup clamp bracket and optional mug spacer attachment and bottle clamp arm. If the cup clamp is not needed for the job, simply remove the thumbscrew and take off the clamp arm. If you use the optional bottle clamp arm, simply remove cup clamp arm and install the bottle clamp arm in its place.

 

THERE IS A MODIFICATION PROCEDURE FOR ROTOBOSS JR DEVICES THAT SHIPPED WITH ACRYLIC PLATES. PLESE REFER TO THIS ATRICLE:

https://support.thunderlaserusa.com/en/support/solutions/articles/65000170280-rotoboss-jr-tensioner-relocation-modification



The Cup Clamp:

The clamp arm mounted to the left side or motor side of the Rotary is used to provide pressure down on the inside of the cup and sandwich the object between the drive wheels and clamp. This assembly is shipped with the small wheel attached if you find yourself needing more pressure on heavy or odd shaped objects, try using the supplied Large or Extra-Large Wheels provided to do so. 

Note: Mug spacer (Pictured below) is only used for doing mugs and not suitable for use with other non-handled objects. Please remove the spacer if not needed to ensure proper fitting of cylindrical objects.

 

 


 

Bottle Clamp Attachment:

Used for clamping bottles and smaller cylindrical items that are too small for the cup clamp to hold.

 

Slave Wheel Assembly:

You will notice the heel plate (top center of picture). This is used to prevent any walking of the cups away from the motor end of the rotary **Note you should leave about 2mm of clearance between object and heel plate to prevent binding during operation** This plate is simple and easy to remove by removing the thumb screw holding it into place. When the plate is removed it gives you an unobstructed path for longer objects to protrude past the rotary.

 

 

The RotoBoss Jr.

The RotoBoss Jr. was my attempt at a simpler and more budget friendly Rotary to compete in the current market. This rotary has all the same functions as the RotoBoss except for the adjustable Motor side assembly. On the RotoBoss Jr. the drive side is fixed in place and only the Slave wheel assembly is vertically adjustable. The Jr. also sits a little lower to the ground than the RotoBoss does.


THERE IS A MODIFICATION PROCEDURE FOR ROTOBOSS JR DEVICES THAT SHIPPED WITH ACRYLIC PLATES. PLESE REFER TO THIS ATRICLE:

https://support.thunderlaserusa.com/en/support/solutions/articles/65000170280-rotoboss-jr-tensioner-relocation-modification

 



The RotoBoss Low Roller

 

 

 

The RotoBoss low Roller is my attempt at a simpler and a more bang for your buck Rotary for the smaller desktop Laser machines. This rotary is designed for use on blade beds and has all the same functions as the RotoBoss Jr. except for the adjustable Motor side assembly. On the RotoBoss Low Roller the drive side is fixed in place and only the Slave wheel assembly is vertically adjustable.


The low Roller also sits substantially lower to the ground than the other RotoBoss rotaries. This machine comes stock with smaller wheels to get the most out of your close quarters machines and still be able to do as tested fit up to a 4.5in Dia beer mug. In this configuration it will stand 5.5 -5.75 in high with a 30 oz cup on it. And can go down to must shot glass size items.


Installing Low Roller Side Support Bracket.

 

 

After removing the supplied screw and nut slide the support bracket onto the rotary and insert the nut and bolt back into the support and leave loose. 

Once you place the rotary in the machine firmly push down on the crossbar on the rotary and then slide the side support down over the blades so that the blade tips rest inside the groves on the side support. Once it is in place go ahead while holding down on the rotary tighten the bolt to secure the support in place. 

After the side support do the same to the cross bar end support (wedge shaped piece at the end) just loosen the two bolts (half turn) then while holding pressure down on cross bar slide the end support down over the blades as you just did for the side support once you have it in place tighten up the two bolts and you will be ready to use.

 

 

********Disclaimer: ********

 

JER Custom Designs Inc. and Affiliates are not liable for damage to equipment or bodily injury due to improper use of these Rotaries. Careful thought and design have gone into these products as to limit the potential for obstruction which could lead to damage to you or your machine. Make sure to always check your clearances to ensure there is no danger of impact prior to operating these rotaries.

 

Due to the nature of the manufacturing process Rotaries may have some sharp edges that may cause injury. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the rotary and take note of such areas. Every effort is made to mitigate the risk to the end user.

 

Not recommended for anyone under the age of 16.

 

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