|Project by wuddoc||posted 01-02-2016 02:51 AM||391 views||0 times favorited||0 comments|
My wood buddy and I have been looking for an affordable CNC laser assembled in the USA since we retired. Both of us have used CNC’s in our former school shops so we were aware of their capabilities. My school shop also included a CNC laser and like a CNC router your are only limited by your imagination.
The biggest challenge to date is learning the software. The second challenge is the power settings and speeds since there are so many variables when engraving and/or cutting. We have solved this by keeping a journal record on each item we create. To date we have used the laser on wood, stone, glass, and paper.
We purchased a cart to hold all the laser and accesory items as out type of CO2 laser requires water to cool the laser tube, compressed air to blow the debris away from the material being engraved or cut. Then you have to exhaust the fumes from the shop. We use a aquarium pump with three gallons of distilled water in a five gallon pail with lid. The fumes are exhausted by a small exhaust fan through a dryer hose and vented to outside.
We learned a lot from a retailer selling this laser and the laser suppliers youtube training videos.