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Mini Gerbil: Laser on/off vs. PWM outputs



Can someone explain how the Mini Gerbil controls the laser on/off signal (the 4th connection in the power supply socket) vs. the PWM output?  I noticed that when cutting with LightBurn,  the on/off signal stays on for the duration of the cut job, and the the PWM output is used to turn the laser on and off between individual cuts.  Are there specific Gcode commands to control both of these outputs independently?

I sort of liked the behavior of the M2 Nano board, where it uses the on/off signal to turn off the laser between cuts.  This caused the "Laser Active" LED to flicker for each cut of the job.  With the Gerbil, the LED stays on for the duration of the job, even when the PWM output is set to zero and the laser is effectively off.

This would be interesting to me as well.
It seems that I can not generate fast enough pulses to engrave small details with the MG.
Crazy but this wasn't an issue with my Chinese Newlydraw board.
I am having to run things much slower to give the laser time to hit the smaller details in my vector engravings I am sure this is affecting raster engraving as well.

The LO screw terminal is controlled via the M3/4 and M5 commands while the IN screw terminal is controlled by the S parm in Gcode.


S100, set laser output

M4, turn laser on

G0 Xaaa Yaaa, do some movements

M5 turn laser off.

If the laser is lacking behind then you can set the $31=min power to a higher value eg. 40 and/or add a G4 P100 dwell command before laser-ing



G4 P100 (dwell 100 millisec to start the laser)

G0 x100 Y100


Cheers, Paul awesome.tech

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