CHEAT SHEET - Important Preparation & First Steps
Modified on: Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 3:16 PM
This CHEAT SHEET will have 99.9% of all the information you will need when prepping, setting up, and running your machine.
It is important to initially set up your machine with only the factory supplied peripherials and ensure proper operation. Then you can evaluate what (if anything) you may want to do to your machine to enhance its performance.Complicating the initial setup also increases the operational difficulty, and creates rabbit holes when troubleshooting, should that become necessary.
There are some steps that need to be taken into consideration before operating your Thunder Laser Nova series engraver for the first time. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these things. Even after given these resources, questions still arise that are covered in this information so please utilize this data to its fullest potential:
If you are coming from glowforge and the like, take all that you know about that and toss it :). Thunder is not harder to learn as long as you go at it with no preconceptions based on "what my other laser did". But don't worry... We got this!
The manual has 99% of the information you will need like how to unpack, install, setup, and run the machine as well as optics specifications, dimensions, PM, troubleshooting and more. Refer to it before beginning and frequently thereafter.
The dual-stage air assist will need to be understood and adjusted before you operate the machine. It is critical to help keep the lens from becoming fouled so quickly. You can find out more about how to set, select, and correct a sequencing issue here:
If you still need technical assistance, the best way to get assistance is by submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.. This will generate a support ticket in our system and our agents can respond.