To get the Mr Beam Kit up and running, you basically need to do these 3 steps.
Read through the following description carefully to complete these steps and finally get to use your Mr Beam for the first time.
We compiled a PDF with the assembly instructions for the Mr Beam Kit. It covers both the Junior and the Senior assembly, differences are noted if there are any:
(If you want to leave a note or a hint for others, please use the comments section at the bottom of the page)
After assembling the kit successfully, and before plugging your device in for the first time, you need get and install the software. The software is split into two different parts:
The following subsections will tell you how to install both. Let's start with the grbl.
We don't have to say much here ourselves, please just take a look at the (excellent & detailed) instructions over at the grbl project page github.com/grbl but use our fork of grbl source, junior binary, senior binary (download it with right click → save as)
Now the firmware should work. If you run into troubles with the next steps, you can manually test grbl with UniversalGcodeSender
For access to Mr Beam's features through an easy web interface, you'll need to flash the SD Card that came with the Kit with the following image and then plug it into the Raspberry Pi (RPi) SD Card slot.
If you can't see anything on the display after a few minutes, even though the LCD lights up, the contrast settings are probably wrong. To change the contrast, turn Mr Beam around so you can see the back side of the control panel. Look at the display. Right where the flat cable that connects it to the Rpi is plugged to the display, close to pin 1, you can see a small potentiometer that controls the contrast.
It is very tiny and you'll need a very tiny philip's head screwdriver. Try turning it to the left or to the right and check if you can see changes on the display.
First you need to establish your Mr Beam with your Wifi or cable network.
Using a cable
Open your browser and enter http://mrbeam.local into the address bar and press enter. After a few seconds, the Mr Beam Webinterface should load. A dialog will greet you and ask you if you want to configure access control. For now, we're going to disable it. Hit the red button to continue. If you are using a cable, go to the next section. If using Wifi, follow these steps to make Mr Beam join you existing Wifi network:
Now, Mr Beam tries to join your Wifi. Give it a minute or two. Do the same with the device that runs your web browser and try to connect to http://mrbeam.local again, now in your own wifi network. If that should not work, try to enter the IP address shown on the display.
When the web interface loads again, you're done!
Now that you've got the Web Interface up and running, it's time to try it out. Download the logo (right-click, save as):
In the Mr Beam Web Interface, try the big blue “Upload” button and select the logo file you just downloaded.
After uploading, you'll see the file appear in the 'Files' section. Next to it, there are two buttons, one to delete and one with a flame on it. Hit that one. This will show a dialog that helps you convert the SVG into a machine-readable gcode-Format.
In the dialog, enter 100 for intensity and 200 for speed, keep the filename. Hit the 'convert' button. After a few seconds, you'll have a new file in the list, with the .gcode file extension.
If you hit the flame button next to this file, Mr Beam will start layering. So make sure you wear your safety glasses and have placed your material that you want to work on.
If you have any comments or improvements concerning the instructions, please post it here.
Page 43 - The length of timing belt Y should read 116cm in the picture for the Junior. fixed, thank you for mentioning! Philipp
The order of pages in the PDF is partially messed up. The pages #frame-assembly pages are 1 2 3 4 6 7 5 9 8 10 11. mstolt
It seems there is no “# panel assembly 4” page. axel
On “# panel assembly 8” page for the first time I would have appreciated labelling the colors of the cables since I was working off a b/w print. On the same page, the angle of picture 3 makes it difficult to see whether the connector goes into LDmod or the one next to it, TECmod. The labelling on the shield is really, really small and may be difficult for some to read. Refer to the “Mr Beam Shield - Instructions” document title page to read the labels. axel
On “# panel assembly 9” page, the ordering of the Control buttons by cable length is opposite for “Senior” due to different mechanical layout. For “Senior”, the button with the longest cable needs to be next to the Key Switch. axel
On page y-axis belts 1 the cutting length of 85cm X is a bit short. In my build I could not wrap the end as expected on page x-axis belt 1. mstolt
On page x-cable chain 2 is the 3way Du Pont connector for the fan wire. On my fan it is a 2way Du Pont connector, but I could use the 3way connector for the other side of the fan wire on the shield connector. There is enough space to use the 3way connector on the shield side.
During the calibration, i had the problem that the x-axis endstop was not closing correctly. The laser housing was scrubbing against the wodden frame. I had to glue a piece of wood on the side of the x-axis. This gave enough clearance to let the homing procedure succeed. (See the attached photo).
Four things (as of now):
One, I would DEFINITELY recommend to change the order of todos to 1) Install the software 2) Assemble the physical parts 3) Configure the software because after assembling everything. you might not be able to plug in the required USB cable to the Arduino (the one stepper motor is in your way, if you do not happen to an extra 90° USB-cable at hand).
Two, please recreate/“reprint” the assembly PDF again to reduce its size (40M ⇒ 20M). Maybe use PDFCreator for that (free). Plus, zooming the PDF on an iPad does not always work.
Three, please supply a drawn top-view of the boards, because the photos in the manual are not always THAT clear on where to put jumpers and connect the cables.
Four, maybe colorcode the pages just being used for the Senior (background/“paper”colour, or a big fat color stripe)?
Five, my y-cable chain prevents the sled to move freely/gets in the way/under of the laser. Is it supposed to be that way? (pages 53/55 “y cable chain 3/5” are are suggesting that, but I guess must have missed/misinterpreted something, as there is no “this is how it looks like fully assembled”-pic).
Otherwise: Thanks, and keep up the great work! hamster123