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Forum topic by KelleyCrafts posted 01-05-2017 06:58 AM 999 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KelleyCrafts

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01-05-2017 06:58 AM

Well I had been looking at lasers for awhile but couldn’t pull the trigger because I couldn’t figure out what size, what power, etc.

I finally pulled the trigger thanks to Kenny (I have to blame someone).

I bought the normal Chinese one everyone carries, A3 with 2500mW laser. I planned to get an A5 but the wife said she would like to use it in her crafting and wanted a bigger bed. I bought from banggood. Looked like the same one from gearbest. Looks like I shouldn’t need extra stuff with it but wanted to see if any of you had input on this. Any tips or tricks. I read MadMarks fantastic review and that was probably what sealed the deal for me.

I did get a few extra pair of glasses because I know my kids will be fascinated looking at it run so I wanted enough glasses. Otherwise I don’t think I need anything else.

If anyone is interested, it’s $216 with free shipping on banggood right now. Same one was $268 plus shipping on gearbest.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 01-05-2017 12:25 PM

Nice grab Dave. I have a feeling I’ll be blaming you for my upgrade in the future. I love my little bitty baby laser but the increased area on this one is likely worth the extra dough. I’ll be curious about how fast it burns. I’ll be watching for some pics of all the things you make for me!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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KelleyCrafts

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 02:49 PM

Hopefully it’s a good grab. I’ll be checking out software options today. The 2laser looks decent. Are you using benbox? That’s probably where I’ll start but want options. I still have a lot to learn. I might still have time to incorporate this into my swap project too. Well, I would have to build something to hold my project and then use it on that.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 01-05-2017 03:42 PM

I have only used the software from the manufacturer (NEJE) for mine. I don’t think mine will work with Benbox but haven’t had any need to look for alternatives. The SW they provided works well and has a simple interface. The biggest chore is sizing the pictures before importing them but it’s pretty straightforward with image editing software.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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KelleyCrafts

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#4 posted 01-05-2017 04:03 PM

I used to do a ton of photography so I’m hoping prepping the photos will be the hardest part (read easy for me).

Apparently it’s a different deal with different manufacturers. The only thing I haven’t been able to figure out or find is how to find the center point. I see on the software they move the laser to the bottom left corner of the desired image then the laser moves to the center and starts. I’m sure once I get it and set it up I’ll figure this out in person but does the laser give off a light or very low power laser so you can line it up before it starts to laser stuff to make sure you know where your image will land? I like the idea I’m going to laser stuff. I could say that over and over. “Prepare the laser”....laser laser.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 01-05-2017 04:25 PM

Mine turns the laser on while you position it. You can move it to the center of your part and focus it before it starts burning. I’m sure it’ll be pretty simple once you get your hands on it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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KelleyCrafts

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#6 posted 01-05-2017 04:28 PM

Perfect. I couldn’t find a YouTube or blog showing it from the laser point of view, only the software. I figured that’s what it did but wasn’t sure. Very easy, very cool. Can’t wait.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 01-05-2017 04:40 PM

Size your graphics to 254 DPI or 100 dots per cm (.1 mm)

Change the margins to the dimensions of your part.

Locate the corner of the part and lase, all will come out centered.

I use BenBox software with good results.

M

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KelleyCrafts

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#8 posted 01-05-2017 04:51 PM

Margins to the dimension of the part?....interesting. I figured you would position the part where you want it to come out. The one I bought has a different base than yours so pieces could hang out the sides of it or the laser can sit on top of a bigger piece like putting a makers mark on the bottom of a table top or something.

I’ve seen some of your posts on the laser forum and will definitely be grabbing some of that homedepot ply too so thank you for running your tests on that.

I have a lot to learn. I guess I should just wait to setup the laser and play but I like understanding things before hand I guess.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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OSB

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#9 posted 01-05-2017 05:24 PM

That sounds very cool. Has anyone tried cutting sign vinyl?

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Madmark2

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#10 posted 01-05-2017 07:17 PM

Do NOT lase any form of PVC as it will outgas cyanide vapor . . .

M

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