Mini Gerbil 2 Axis Controller for K40 Laser Cutter

(7 customer reviews)

$89.00

Suitable for K40 and other 2 axis laser cutters / engravers.

Basic and ProPack orders can be shipped from our USA warehouse. Combined orders are shipped from Australia

Description

*** Now ships directly from our USA warehouse for US customers, European warehouse for European Customers.  See our shipping blog  ***

Suitable for K40 and other laser cutters/engravers requiring 2 axis and laser control. Throw away your current controller such as NanoM2 and enjoy a smooth experience and higher speed operation. Full installation instructions and support provided.  Click on the above ‘Installation’ tab to see installation instructions.

Note: photo shows old mounting solution.  For details of new mounting plate see https://awesome.tech/new-mini-gerbil-mounting-solution/

The Mini Gerbil is compatible with:

  • Inkscape – we’ve built custom add-ins that give you laser control from inside the graphics editor
  • Laserweb
  • Lightburn
  • Easel
  • Other g-code senders

Windows 10 is recommended and supported, earlier versions of Windows are ‘at your own risk’ (we don’t provide technical support).

Mini Gerbil’s dimensions are approx. 80 x 50 x 22 mm.

Mini Gerbil controller for K40 lasers

Benefits

  • runs from your K40 without needing additional power supplies
  • faster than any alternative control systems due to the 72 MWhz 32 bits ARM processor
  • allows fine gray engravings due to 16 bits  PWM
  • no dongle required
  • support via our K40 forum
  • small footprint
  • sturdy and reliable in custom acrylic case
  • easy to install – simply follow the written and/or video instructions

Specifications

Suitable for K40 and other laser cutters / engravers

Runs from 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)

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

Community Support – K40 Forum

Installation

The installation instructions can be found here and troubleshooting chart can be found here.

Accessories

USB Cable – 80 cm – Just add the product to your checkout cart

LightBurn G-Code License Key – Just add the product to your checkout cart

 

7 reviews for Mini Gerbil 2 Axis Controller for K40 Laser Cutter

  1. Daniel Collins

    dancolwp1974

    Hi Paul.

    I received my Mini Gerbil in the mail yesterday and had it hooked up to my K40 in a few hours.
    I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed so it took me a while as I have a PSU Type II and had to be sure I had the cabling right.

    Wow! Buttery smooth action, accurate, fast and Lightburn recognized the unit and set the params instantly!

    I was giddy to say the least.

    Now I can actually do some cutting and engraving instead of debugging and banging my head against the wall.

    Thanks for a superior product and excellent purchase and shipping experience.
    You and your “team” are the best,
    Rob Hasanen, Canada.
    https://awesometech1.wpengine.com/k40-forum/topic/awesome-minigerbil-and-purchase/

  2. Rick McCaskill

    Rickm1947@aol.com (verified owner)

    I wanted to say that the board works perfectly on my new K40. Also, their support is excellent. Anytime I send a question Paul normally answers in a few minutes. Can say enough about this company. Highly recommend their controller for the K40 laser. After communicating with Paul I am going to change out the stepper drivers with the new 2208 drivers for even more smother movements and quieter.

    • CustomCreations

      Thanks Rickm! Great to get feedback like this, can’t wait to see what you produce with your upgraded K40.

  3. Plashcnc

    Plashcnc (verified owner)

    The Mini Gerbil has transformed my K40 into a reliable machine that i can actually use to do what i need it to do. I followed the steps in the video for installation and connected it to Lightburn. The software picked it up straight away and within ten minutes of installing it the K40 was cutting and engraving products for my little shop.

    Absolutely amazing piece of electronics and I think it has been the best £90 i have spent for a long time. Keep up the good work guys and keep developing the technology.

    • Daniel Collins

      dancolwp1974

      Thanks for the feedback Plashcnc, it helps spur us on as we’re currently working on even more powerful K40 upgrades!

  4. Michael & Esme (verified owner)

    Simple to install and a vast improvement over the basic K40 controller. If your considering buying a K40 factor in the cost of the Mini Gerbil as the difference is startling! Great product – Highly recommended!

  5. Richard Link (verified owner)

    Hi Paul & Awesome.Tech Team,
    I purchased the Mini Gerbil last month, and just now installed it today. Super easy installation, no more than 30 minutes. Super easy to follow instructions.
    I would highly recommend this product to all K40 owners who want more from their standard board.

    • Daniel Collins

      dancolwp1974

      Thanks Richard, appreciate your feedback. Can’t wait to see what you create with your K40 now!

  6. Motoxy

    Motoxy (verified owner)

    First off if your thinking of buying this controller for your K40 then just buy it and you will never regret it. The support for this great upgrade is first class.
    Even though the issues I had were all to do with the k40 and not the mini-gerbil awesome tech gave me all the help I needed. And this upgrade is brilliant. More speed and reliability make the k40 into a productive tool.

  7. steve (verified owner)

    Hey G’day, Guys n Gals it was quite literally a 5 minute upgrade, the only thing extra I needed to do was switch the pin on the Gerbil to take power from USB and it was golden. This upgrade has turned the K40 which people seem to like to turn their nose up at into a seriously above just hobby grade Laser Cutter Engraver. I would recommend giving their software the flick and buy a license for lightburn or at least use Laser Web which is free. Invest the small amount of money on the Mini Gerbil and if you end up selling the K40 take the Gerbil with you.. it will only take you 5 minutes to plug in the original board back in. Service from awesome tech was Golden as well it was a pleasure supporting an Aussie company making a superior product.

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