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    I have only had my Shark/laser for a few weeks but I see the resolution from it is better than the laser printers I have been working on for the last few decades. Now that I have the vector graphics figured out I’m coming up with some images that should look fairly good. The problem is one 18” x 18” image I want to print looks like it will take 4 days. I would pause it from time to time for the machine to cool off but without knowing roughly how many hours of burn time I can expect out of a laser I’m not sure if it’s worth running. I know there is no number anyone can give me but I’m curious if anyone has a laser with many hours on it or conversely if anyone had a laser fail after an approximate number of hours. Also if anyone has a suggestion for a long burn I'm all ears.

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    4 days seems a little extreme, would you mind posting the .crv file for me to look at?

    Ballpark life of the laser is 3,000-5,000 hours.

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    • #3
      A screenshot is the best I can do unless I mail you a thumb drive. The file is almost 700M. I know you can't tell much from the screen shot but there is a lot of detail in it and it took my computer over an hour to process. I take it this is not normal. I just got my shark and laser a couple weeks ago and I'm still learning so I may be doing something wrong. I may trace it again with less shades of gray. Thanks for the info on the life of the laser.

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      • #4
        For an image like this you should use our raster program. Here is the link http://nextwaveautomation.com/Downlo...aster_v3.0.exe

        This lets you take an image and burn it in full detail with no tracing. And it will do it a lot faster. Give it a shot

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        • #5
          Been trying to use the NWA Laser Raster 3.0 was told there was a version of the program that will let my HD2 controller load the file but have not found a solution. Controller does not like the $B... lines of code.

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          • #6
            There is a new raster program called Ready2Laser that was posted recently. I haven't tried it yet but when my 7W laser arrives I'm going to give it a try. I don't know if it will offer any backwards compatibility help for your issue but here's the link - http://shop.nextwaveautomation.com/s....aspx?recid=43

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