Don't forget your knifebed

Most laser cutters just come with a honeycomb bed, the honeycomb offers lots of support to the material you are cutting but numerous vertical slats offer lots of chances for bed reflections also if you cut right to the edge of the honeycomb you're cutting on sheet metal which can leave a sticky residue under your work.

All Sharks machines come with a honeycomb and a knifebed; the knifebed is usually stored under the honeycomb because lifting the honeycomb up prevents smoke from being trapped under it. While I was cutting some more Clarkcade gaming cabinets I realised that I should be using the knifebed instead of the honeycomb. It's perfectly suited for this kind of job where the panels are much bigger, All the shrapnel falls through the gaps allowing me to put the next sheet on without even cleaning up and the cuts were all much cleaner due to the reduced number of reflections.

6 new Clarkcade Cabinets ready for postage

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