All is not well though. Once I spun the machine around to access the laser tube, I noticed something was a bit off. My brand new laser cutter seemed to be crying. The rear panel was wet. Well, it did just travel halfway across the world for me. I'm sure the trip over was a bit rough. I've been worried about the laser tube breaking during shipment ever since I ordered it. This laser had been test fired before, and seemed to have passed. So, off to packing it went. Unfortunately, they didn't drain all of the water out of the cooling system that surrounds the lasers core tube. Water + Winter = Ice. Ice expands. Glass does not take kindly to this act of physics, naturally, but it does leave some pretty cool icicles behind.
Since I am still waiting on a new laser tube, I went ahead and gutted everything from inside the machine. No sense wasting any time.
Now then, I finally have the gantry out for all the world to see. After a quick dusting (cleaning isn't part of their assembly process btw) I can start figuring out how its all wired up.
Oh yeah.. when I was taking the laser tube out I realized there was a bit more broken than I had thought. I don't think its going to be able to be repaired though. The way these tubes are constructed, the end caps are siliconed on. I don't think a glassblower would appreciate a bunch of silicone burning off right where they are trying to make a repair. What I might be able to do though is have a new cap made that will fit over the old cap. I'm not too concerned with repairing this one though, not until I get the replacement and the machine is working. So, for now, it'll sit on the shelf looking all sexy and laserish.