For those who don’t know I’ve been working on a side project on and off called the Hackspace Owners Manual targeted at providing hackspaces and indeed hobby users with the information they need when making purchases or organisational decisions. The focus is very much on providing information with recommendations and case studies on what has worked for some organisations versus others without boldly declaring that there is One True Way
More information can be found at https://github.com/UKHackspaceFoundation/resources/tree/master/Hackspace%20Owners%20Manual/About%20this%20manual giving a slightly more in depth explanation of the above.
The pre-amble out of the way, I’ve been working on a document for laser cutters on and off for some time now and frankly I’m a bit stuck on some of the optical stuff. The physics is beyond me and I suspect that someone will tell me “Yeah, you don’t need to care, this is the thing you need to look for” on choosing things like mirrors and lenses.
So, here’s a link to the work in progress document which has already been a useful resource to refer a few people to - https://github.com/UKHackspaceFoundation/resources/tree/feature/laser-cutter/Hackspace%20Owners%20Manual/Workshop/CNC/Laser%20Cutter
What I’m really hoping for is for some help to fill in some of the blanks, and also work out what to say about mirrors and lenses. I think I’ve managed to confuse myself substantially with that part and it’s stopped me from moving on to the next things.
As long as you don’t mind the contribution agreement - https://github.com/UKHackspaceFoundation/resources/blob/master/Hackspace%20Owners%20Manual/About%20this%20manual/contributing.md
Please help, this has been languishing for several months now and I’d really like to see it finished and published for the wider community to use.
Thanks in advance for any input