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10-30-2017 07:33 PM

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Hi folks
I saw this on Instructables and wondered what people with experience with lasers and electronics thought about it.
Thanks for your input.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=R2zufbNlJRQ

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#1 posted 10-30-2017 08:11 PM

It’s actually made by converting a 3D printer, making your base cost higher. Gearbest.com has 2500mW (2.5W) laser engravers for about $200 that can cover a 300×380mm area (roughly 12×15”).

https://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_597309.html

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#2 posted 10-30-2017 08:31 PM

I agree with Rich. I have a smaller laser I bought from Gearbest and I know a couple of other LJs that have bought the bigger one Rich linked. We’ve all been happy with the purchase as far as I know.

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

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#3 posted 10-30-2017 08:36 PM

That would also work with changing out the head on a CNC router.Those laser heads are fairly cheap on E bay. You can buy a whole cnc laser for $300 but they are glass bulb lasers and have to be cooled very will or they burn out. They also don’t cut very deep into wood .

Jim

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#4 posted 10-30-2017 08:46 PM

Thanks so much for your input guys I appreciate your help.

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#5 posted 10-30-2017 08:56 PM

What is the difference between a laser engraver and a cnc?

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#6 posted 10-30-2017 09:32 PM

Jim,

I do not own or have practical experience with 3D printers or Lasers.
I do however know how they work.
As reported above yes it would work.
As to the practicality of it , is another question.

There are a few LJs that I know of tha do have “real’ Lasers meaning a laser that is designed to cut various types of material in one pass.

One being Larry Makin AKA Degoose and the other Alex Kara AKA LBD. Alex who I think has both a 3D printer and laser. I know its not visible in his workshop from my eVisit

The difference with a Laser and a cnc is:
A laser cuts material with a single beam of electronicly generated high intensity beam of light so its effectively a electrical pyro principle.

L.A.S.E.R Light amplified by a device that generates an intense beam of coherent monochromatic light (or other electromagnetic radiation)

A cnc cuts material with a rotating cutter of various sizes and shapes and is a mechanical machine on par with what would be similar to a computer controlled router.

I am not sure why you would ruin a perfectly good 3D printer to do it, unless you were lucky enough to PU one in the roadside trash throw outs (not as common as analogue TVs or CRT monitors yet)

Maybe one or both will see the question and provide a practical answer to your question.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 10-30-2017 09:56 PM

Rich and others what kind of laser work can you do with a $200 Laser? Would it make a clean enough cut to add a person’s logo on your work without it looking like you burned it with a soldering Iron?
Lastly, I’m not that great with computer commands, as an example I’ve tried over and over to learn Sketch-up with no success I’m dyslexic and have a learning disability that makes some things are hard for me to get how they work.

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#8 posted 10-30-2017 11:02 PM

Here is a link to my $200 laser review

It works great:

M

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#9 posted 10-30-2017 11:19 PM

Mark Thank you for all the information and photos,it looks great still wondering if I will understand the software.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 10-30-2017 11:48 PM


Here is a link to my $200 laser review

- Madmark2

That review was written by MadMark, but you are Madmark2. What gives?

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#11 posted 10-30-2017 11:56 PM

Thanks Rich

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#12 posted 10-31-2017 01:51 AM

Point of clarification: CNC refers to Computer Numerically Controlled equipment.

Spindle CNC equipment uses a rotating spindle (like a router) to physically remove material. Laser tables use a coherent light beam to burn into or vaporize material to carve or cut shapes out. Water jet cutters use a stream of extremely high pressure water (60,000 to 100,000 PSI) to disintigrate material in a path and thus cut shapes out.

These machines are all CNC. Anything that takes g-code generated by toolpath software is considered CNC.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#13 posted 10-31-2017 02:52 AM



Rich and others what kind of laser work can you do with a $200 Laser? Would it make a clean enough cut to add a person s logo on your work without it looking like you burned it with a soldering Iron?
Lastly, I m not that great with computer commands, as an example I ve tried over and over to learn Sketch-up with no success I m dyslexic and have a learning disability that makes some things are hard for me to get how they work.

- a1Jim


Junk… here is a link to AvE (adult language) rewiew on the short commings of a cheap versions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7WmUXtizEA

If as you stated above, about your short commings- stick with is in your comfort level. As I have seen of your ability- looks good…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#14 posted 10-31-2017 02:57 AM



Mark Thank you for all the information and photos,it looks great still wondering if I will understand the software.

- a1Jim


Answer: have you tried any “free” training software that is available on the net?

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#15 posted 10-31-2017 03:03 AM

your talking about Laser training DW ? I haven’t really made up my mind if it’s something I want to do yet,so the answer is No. If I’m ready to try one what training software would you suggest?

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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