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== Procedure ==
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{{note|This page is under construction and is subject to changes, some links may not work as intended}}
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==== Cleaning the mirror and the lens ====
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# Turn off X/Y motors.
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# Move the motors to the middle to enable easy access.
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# Unscrew the mirror and the lens.
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# Apply one drop of cleansing fluid on each of them.
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# Use the microfiber cloth to clean the mirror and the lens.
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# Screw the parts back on the head (finger tight is sufficient).
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# Move the head back to preffered X/Y zeropoint, before pressing "GO".
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Repeat this procedure after using the laser cutter.
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==== Emptying the beds trey ====
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== Info ==
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If the bed is full of foreign object, please empty it before cutting.
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==== Adjusting the focus on the lens ====
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The laser cutter is an Epilog Fusion Edge 36 with a 60W CO2. The system consists of a HEPA filter unit, an air compressor and a workstation. It is located at 3102 - Studielaben. <br>
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# Lay the work piece on the bed.
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The laser cutter is named Cyclops and has IP address 10.64.127.7.
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# Unfold the spacing adjustment pin.  
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# Move the Z axis up/down until the spacing adjustment pin barely touches the work piece.
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== Setup in inDesign ==
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== Operational Safety ==
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# Adjust the document size to width:406mm and height:305mm.
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# Do not operate the system without proper training, please contact Sonen or ROBIN engineering staff [mailto:robin-engineer@ifi.uio.no here] for training.
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# Set the zero point to top-left corner of the document.  
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# The laser system is never to be left unsupervised during operation.
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# Import the files (.ai, .dxf).  
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# Do not look at the laser during operation.
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# Cutting and rastering;
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# Know where the fire extinguisher and alarm is.
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#* '''Vector cutting:''' Set lines to 0mm thickness.
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# In case of fire, stop the machine, assess the danger and respond accordingly.
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#* '''Rastering lines:''' lines with a >0mm stroke will be rastered.
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# Ensure that the machine has undergone the required maintenance as described bellow.
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#* '''Rastering images:''' to raster images, use the bitmap>rasterize function.
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# Only cut the following '''PERMISSIBLE MATERIALS'''.
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## Organic materials.
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## Wood.
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## Plywood.
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## Cardboard.
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## Leather.
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## Acrylic PMMA.
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== Settings ==
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If you are uncertain if a material is suitable for laser cutting - DO NOT PROCEED, ask Sonen or ROBIN engineering staff [mailto:robin-engineer@ifi.uio.no here]. <br>
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If you want to use a material other than the ones listed above, please contact Sonen or ROBIN engineering staff [mailto:robin-engineer@ifi.uio.no here].
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{{note| Make sure that you are utilizing a material that is compatible with laser cutting. Talk to the engineer in ROBIN or in SONEN if you are uncertain. }}
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== Standard Operating Procedure ==
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Please follow the SOP to ensure the longevity of the machine and the quality of your part.
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The proper settings are listed in a table that can be found in the lab.
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=== Empty the bed tray ===
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If the bed tray is full of foreign objects, please empty the tray before operation.
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== Execution ==
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=== Clean the lens and mirror ===
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Before executing the job:
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If contaminants are allowed to accumulate, they will reduce power and cause damage to the optics.
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# Make sure the filter is turned on.
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# Run the job with the lid open. This will ensure that you have oriented the job correctly.
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# Press stop pause the job.
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#* Press reset to set the laser to origin. Wait until the laser is still before pressing reset.
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# Finally; execute the job with the lid closed.
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# Do NOT open windows.
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When the job is completed:
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Use a cotton swap with Epilog optics cleaning fluid to clean the lens and mirror, let them dry completely before reinstalling them. <br>
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# Log out.
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For instructions see page 199 - 203 of the [https://www.epiloglaser.com/assets/downloads/manuals/fusionseries-manual-web.pdf manual].
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# Turn off the laser cutter and the filter.
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== Recommended setting for materials ==
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=== Ensure the laser cutter has been maintained ===
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Below are settings which we have found works well for materials used in our projects.
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The auto focus plunger, under the cutting table, bearing rails and the interior work space of the laser cutter should have been cleaned within the past 7 days. The date of the previous cleaning is registered in a list in the lab. <br>
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If these haven't been cleaned, please do so before operation and register the cleaning.
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=== Ensure that the auto focus is set to plunger ===
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When preparing your part in Epilog dashboard, please ensure that auto focus is set to plunger.
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! Material
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! Thickness
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! Cut setting (speed/power)
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! Raster setting (speed/power/frequency)
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| Acrylic
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| 1.5mm
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| 100/30
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| 40/100/5000
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== Step-by-step guide ==
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=== Ensure exhaust, compressor and filter is switched on ===
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Exhaust and filter is switched on with the power switch at the back of the filter and by pressing the power button. <br>
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Make sure you hear the compressor running while cutting your part. If the compressor is not running, stop the laser cutter and contact ROBIN engineering or Sonen staff [mailto:robin-engineer@ifi.uio.no here].
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See step-by-step guide in pdf format [https://robin.wiki.ifi.uio.no/images/9/93/Zing_laser.pdf here]
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=== Open windows ===
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Due to the exhaust of the HEPA filter not being tubed outside, please ensure that at least the window behind the filter is open. Preferably keep all the windows in the room open as long as the laser cutter is running.
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=== Clean up ===
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Studielaben is a small room, as such it is important to keep it tidy both for the welfare of others and safety.
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# Dispose of leftover material, small pieces not suited for reuse should be thrown away, larger pieces should be replaced in the shelf.
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# Remove your finished part, Studielaben is not suited for project storage. Parts left in the lab will be disposed of.
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# Sweep the floor if necessary.
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# Return tools to Sonen.
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== How to use the laser cutter ==
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A basic guide of how to create a part, from design to finished product is available in this [https://robin.wiki.ifi.uio.no/images/9/93/Zing_laser.pdf guide].
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== Maintenance ==
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=== Weekly ===
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==== Auto focus plunger ====
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Why? Removing residue helps ensure precise focusing. <br>
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Materials: Soft cloth, mild household cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.
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Use a soft cotton cloth and mild household cleaner or isopropyl alcohol to gently wipe the Auto Focus plunger until it is clean. <br>
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An alternative to alcohol is to use the optics cleaning fluid that remains on the cotton swab after cleaning the lens.
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==== Under the cutting table ====
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Why? Reduces any fire hazards by removing flammable debris that has fallen through the tray. <br>
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Materials: Small brush or vacuum cleaner.
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Remove the Cutting Table and clean out the table tray using a small brush or vacuum cleaner.
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==== Bearing Rails ====
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Why? Improves the finished part. <br>
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Materials: Soft cloth, mild household cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.
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Using the cloth with liquid, clean all of the bearing tracks.
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==== Interior Work Space ====
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Why? This keeps corrosive dust and debris from building up on interior surfaces. <br>
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Materials: Soft cloth and mild household cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.
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Use the soft cloth to wipe all surfaces that are exposed to dust and debris.
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=== Every 3 months ===
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This maintenance is done by ROBIN engineering or Sonen staff.
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==== Bearing Rails ====
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Materials: Lubricant and syringe from the Epilog Accessory Kit.
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After cleaning the rail (see weekly instructions above), place about an inch-long bead of Epilog-supplied grease into the top and bottom grooves of the x-axis rail. <br>
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After applying the grease to both grooves, run the X-carriage over the grease to work it into the bearing block and rail. <br>
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Turn the machine off to easily move the x-carriage back and forth over the grease.
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=== Every 6 months ===
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This maintenance is done by ROBIN engineering or Sonen staff.
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==== Exhaust ====
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Materials: Wire brush.
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Make sure the exhaust blower you are using receives proper maintenance.
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Periodically clean the exhaust blower and duct system to remove built-up debris.
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=== Every 12 months ===
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Every 12 months book a technician for preventative maintenance and service.

Versjonen fra 9. aug 2022 kl. 14:12

This page is under construction and is subject to changes, some links may not work as intended

Innhold

Info

The laser cutter is an Epilog Fusion Edge 36 with a 60W CO2. The system consists of a HEPA filter unit, an air compressor and a workstation. It is located at 3102 - Studielaben.
The laser cutter is named Cyclops and has IP address 10.64.127.7.

Operational Safety

  1. Do not operate the system without proper training, please contact Sonen or ROBIN engineering staff here for training.
  2. The laser system is never to be left unsupervised during operation.
  3. Do not look at the laser during operation.
  4. Know where the fire extinguisher and alarm is.
  5. In case of fire, stop the machine, assess the danger and respond accordingly.
  6. Ensure that the machine has undergone the required maintenance as described bellow.
  7. Only cut the following PERMISSIBLE MATERIALS.
    1. Organic materials.
    2. Wood.
    3. Plywood.
    4. Cardboard.
    5. Leather.
    6. Acrylic PMMA.

If you are uncertain if a material is suitable for laser cutting - DO NOT PROCEED, ask Sonen or ROBIN engineering staff here.
If you want to use a material other than the ones listed above, please contact Sonen or ROBIN engineering staff here.

Standard Operating Procedure

Please follow the SOP to ensure the longevity of the machine and the quality of your part.

Empty the bed tray

If the bed tray is full of foreign objects, please empty the tray before operation.

Clean the lens and mirror

If contaminants are allowed to accumulate, they will reduce power and cause damage to the optics.

Use a cotton swap with Epilog optics cleaning fluid to clean the lens and mirror, let them dry completely before reinstalling them.
For instructions see page 199 - 203 of the manual.

Ensure the laser cutter has been maintained

The auto focus plunger, under the cutting table, bearing rails and the interior work space of the laser cutter should have been cleaned within the past 7 days. The date of the previous cleaning is registered in a list in the lab.
If these haven't been cleaned, please do so before operation and register the cleaning.

Ensure that the auto focus is set to plunger

When preparing your part in Epilog dashboard, please ensure that auto focus is set to plunger.

Ensure exhaust, compressor and filter is switched on

Exhaust and filter is switched on with the power switch at the back of the filter and by pressing the power button.
Make sure you hear the compressor running while cutting your part. If the compressor is not running, stop the laser cutter and contact ROBIN engineering or Sonen staff here.

Open windows

Due to the exhaust of the HEPA filter not being tubed outside, please ensure that at least the window behind the filter is open. Preferably keep all the windows in the room open as long as the laser cutter is running.

Clean up

Studielaben is a small room, as such it is important to keep it tidy both for the welfare of others and safety.

  1. Dispose of leftover material, small pieces not suited for reuse should be thrown away, larger pieces should be replaced in the shelf.
  2. Remove your finished part, Studielaben is not suited for project storage. Parts left in the lab will be disposed of.
  3. Sweep the floor if necessary.
  4. Return tools to Sonen.

How to use the laser cutter

A basic guide of how to create a part, from design to finished product is available in this guide.


Maintenance

Weekly

Auto focus plunger

Why? Removing residue helps ensure precise focusing.
Materials: Soft cloth, mild household cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.

Use a soft cotton cloth and mild household cleaner or isopropyl alcohol to gently wipe the Auto Focus plunger until it is clean.
An alternative to alcohol is to use the optics cleaning fluid that remains on the cotton swab after cleaning the lens.

Under the cutting table

Why? Reduces any fire hazards by removing flammable debris that has fallen through the tray.
Materials: Small brush or vacuum cleaner.

Remove the Cutting Table and clean out the table tray using a small brush or vacuum cleaner.

Bearing Rails

Why? Improves the finished part.
Materials: Soft cloth, mild household cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.

Using the cloth with liquid, clean all of the bearing tracks.

Interior Work Space

Why? This keeps corrosive dust and debris from building up on interior surfaces.
Materials: Soft cloth and mild household cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.

Use the soft cloth to wipe all surfaces that are exposed to dust and debris.

Every 3 months

This maintenance is done by ROBIN engineering or Sonen staff.

Bearing Rails

Materials: Lubricant and syringe from the Epilog Accessory Kit.

After cleaning the rail (see weekly instructions above), place about an inch-long bead of Epilog-supplied grease into the top and bottom grooves of the x-axis rail.
After applying the grease to both grooves, run the X-carriage over the grease to work it into the bearing block and rail.
Turn the machine off to easily move the x-carriage back and forth over the grease.

Every 6 months

This maintenance is done by ROBIN engineering or Sonen staff.

Exhaust

Materials: Wire brush.

Make sure the exhaust blower you are using receives proper maintenance. Periodically clean the exhaust blower and duct system to remove built-up debris.

Every 12 months

Every 12 months book a technician for preventative maintenance and service.

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