Where did Lumenlab.com go?

I just received an email where someone was looking for Lumenlab CNC micRo config files. I had to check it out, and apparently Lumenlab has flown the coop. This is a bit disheartening to see.

Many months ago I logged into the forum to see many people asking where the owners of LL had been, and there were no replies from them with an answer. There were only suspicions and guesses as to where they could be. Had they ditched the production at that point?

I know that the micRo router existed because I have a version of it, but apparently there may be others that never received their finished CNC router. I’d really like to know what happened.

If anyone knows more to the story, I’d like you to comment. To be sure, I am clearly in the unknown on this situation other than lumenlab.com does not display. I haven’t contacted Lumenlab in a long time since receiving my router. One thing is for sure, I am on my own with my router if something ever goes wrong.

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Results from etching a circuit board – Eagle, PCB-GCODE, micRo CNC router

etched circuit board
I etched my first circuit boards today. I have found that I need better tactics for this to really work. The MDF base that I am using is not working, so I am going to try a poly cutting board, which should have better humidity tolerance. I also believe that taping the circuit board material down will improve the height differences. Using screws on the MDF made the middle of the circuit board material bind causing the router bit to etch more than normal, yet on the edges nothing would be removed.
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micRo V3: Drilled Base and Planing MDF for Circuit Boards

I am just posting some pictures and video of me drilling and tapping the base of my V3 micRo. There’s really nothing special about it. It doesn’t really matter where you drill and tap your holes as long as it works for you and doesn’t interfere with your work. You could build a skyscraper on your base if you just remember to keep your tooling away from it.

Drilling the Quarter Inch Holes

I inserted a 5/16″ drill bit into the spindle and fired it up. The mounds indicate where the holes were drilled.
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Setting Up the micRo CNC Router for the First Time

This topic is specifically related to someone who used their own computer, but it applies also to any micRo bot as the setup is pretty much the same. If you bought the Syncro computer, you can skip the file copying part because Lumenlab already set this up.

You probably would have already opened the box and drooled over the awesomeness of your router before the delivery personnel drove off. The first step is taking everything out of the box and making sure there is no visual damage. Sadly, some damage may be “internal”, and you might not discover it until you’ve scratched your head in the next steps. :) Have no fear, Lumenlab will help you fix any problems.
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A Quick Image to Gcode Tutorial Using EMC2

Start with this document: EMC2 User Manual (PDF) – Check out chapter 22.

micRoWhen I say quick, I mean lightning fast quick. The video accompanying this is about 4 minutes long. I used GIMP in Ubuntu 8.04 to make some lettering. It simply says, “micRo”.  I used sans bold font and made it fit in a 1.5″ x 7″ area. I cropped the image and saved it under a .png file.
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