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Mini Gerbil

$79 USD

Includes int. Shipping

Suitable for K40 and other laser cutters / engravers

Runs of existing laser power Full simultaneous 2 Axis - X and Y

Assemble your own case from flat pack

Ultra smooth high precision with 32 bits

Hold large G-code files with 96kB fast Flash/RAM memory

2 x A4988 standard step sticks included (1.5A)

Easy connection to standard K40 connectors (USB port communication)

Runs of existing laser power supply

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Free access to Mini Gerbil Firmware updates for the life of the product

Community Support - K40 Forum

SALE!

Pro-Pack Mini Gerbil

$120 USD

Includes int. Shipping

Suitable for K40 and other laser cutters / engravers

Runs of existing laser power Full simultaneous 2 Axis - X and Y

Assemble your own case from flat pack

Ultra smooth high precision with 32 bits

Hold large G-code files with 96kB fast Flash/RAM memory

2 x A4988 standard step sticks included (1.5A)

Easy connection to standard K40 connectors (USB port communication)

Runs of existing laser power supply

Clear USA ZnSe Lens: Sharper, more powerful laser beam due to precision lens with 50.3mm focal length

Quality drag chain optimised for K40 support

Airassist - 24v mini PCB fan + cable

Free access to Mini Gerbil Firmware updates for the life of the product

Community Support - K40 Forum

SALE!

Yes, we ship internationally!

Current orders are expected to be shipped early February due to the Chinese New Year (5th Feb).

Update 18/1: The boards will be hitting Awesome.tech HQ in the week of 20th of Jan.

We created Mini Gerbil so people can use their lasers outside the hard to use Chinese LaserDraw and the pirated CorelDraw software that came with the K40. I never got CorelDraw even to work on Windows when i got the machine back in early 2017!

Our solution is to replace the stock board with Mini Gerbil that uses the NIST G-code protocol which is supported by the open source software like Laserweb, Inkscape with plugins, Easel and, although paid, Lightburn and T laser. 
 
Also the K40 boards frequently fail and need to be replaced or people loses the dongle. These boards retail at USD 65 so we believe that we have a great alternative since it’s faster, does a great engraving job and provides freedom of software choice! We also have created a K40 forum and provide access to our free firmware, plugins and drivers via the Download menu.

Note these products are upgrade kits, with instructions and community support to help with the installation.

Please double-check your Paypal delivery address prior to payment!

Photo: The propack kit 

The board can cater for different versions of lasers. E,g. K40s with ribbon cables or with just normal 3 and 4 pin connectors. See specs here.

Tracking numbers are provided and you can track them here: DHL tracking link

Also check our Super Gerbil CNC products!

Instructions will be updated soon with new pictures. The existing Installation instructions can be found here: Installing the Gerbil

Note: A drop in installation can go wrong at various points so make sure you understand this, if this is something you can accept. Some people will have no issues while others encounter different k40 plugs because k40s are made by many Chinese manufacturers with different quality standards. Cheap USB cables that strip off the USB receptacle connector strips,  only charger USB cables, bad Chinese factory wiring, different limit switches and k40 variants etc

Note: when in doubt !!! – Confidence Quiz before buying

Customers comments:

Dwayne Myers:

“Been having a blast with the K40 and your board.  Amazing tech / design.  I can now laser cut ply with just a slight tanning of the wood, no char what so ever.  Your supplied laser lens (different focal length than stock), upgrade of an air assist, running on a Raspberry Pi 3 with LaserWeb server and LaserWeb 4 on my MacBook Pro or the Mac mini in my shop and this thing can do anything.
Thank you so much.  Feel free to share this and I hope things are going well for you guys.
Dwayne
BTW, the lens that was supplied required an adapter ring to center it in the Air Assist head.  I ended up 3D Printing an ABS adapter ring with a tight fit between the aluminium ring and the lens.  Working great and the lens does not appear to get hot and affect the contact with the plastic.”
Hi Paul,
the gerbil arrived and all i can say is: awesome.
I works extremely well, out of the box.
Thank you very much for your work and your patience.

Cheers,

Christian