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Blog entry by filmorgan posted 05-25-2022 05:46 PM 668 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is in response to Tom’s request to see my laser in action.

The finished result is in my projects.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7wlczk93yh5rtb/Grace%20Plaque%201.mp4?dl=0

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com



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filmorgan

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#1 posted 05-25-2022 05:48 PM

Unfortunately, this is not in real-time. I can’t remember but I think this took about 45 minutes

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#2 posted 05-25-2022 06:46 PM

Hi Phil. How many watts is you laser and what is the area it will burn?

Cheers, JIm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-25-2022 06:57 PM

Jim, it is just 5 watts (it comes from Taiwan and I think that may be the most power that can be shipped to an individual without going thru a domestic retailer. I could be wrong about that) The area is a little under 9×12, but I leave the bottom off and have done projects as large as 6 feet long by doing them in sections. It sits right on the wood and does a great job. I don’t think it is powerful enough to do a lot of cutting, but the engraving is great as long as you’re not in a big hurry. I set it up and let it burn while I do other woodworking. I even bought a little wyze camera so I can monitor progress on my phone.

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#4 posted 05-25-2022 08:05 PM

Phil – 5 watts input or output? Are you using air assist? What software are you using for it? For the project in the video do you recall what speed you were running and the power setting? If you look at the laser beam really close on a piece of paper is it more of a round dot or a rectangle?

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#5 posted 05-25-2022 09:26 PM

Phil,
Thanks for posting, I believe my curiosity in using a laser printer has been satisfied. Unfortunately one of these is out of my budget, I’m kinda a Harbor Freight woodworker & tinkerer. I do appreciate quality tools though, and this looks to be just that.
Thanks for posting.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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filmorgan

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#6 posted 05-25-2022 11:25 PM

Hi Northwoodsman, It came with a 3.5watt and 5 watt cartridge. I’m using the 5. I don’t know what air assist is, so I guess not. The laser is controlled by the Cubiio app on my iPad. You can do basic layout there, but I find the best results by creating the image in photoshop on my mac and sending the finished file as a jpeg to the app. I think that burn was 70% power and 10% speed, single pass. I find the best past is to burn it slow so it gets nice and dark and a little inset. It usually leaves just a slight burning on the surface around the letters, but a slight sanding takes that off and the result is super clean and sharp. The light is a dot, and I think the result is somewhere around 500 dpi. It will do SVG and vector files as well, but sometimes when with vectors the laser runs close to the same spot several times and the burn doesn’t always come out even. Hope that helps!

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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filmorgan

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#7 posted 05-25-2022 11:30 PM

Hi Tom, It was an investment for me for projects to sell. I had to choose between CNC and laser and for me this was the right choice. Plus the ones I was looking at around here were in the $5000 range and that was out of my league. I’m supposed to get 10,000 hours from each cartridge so that is a plus. The personalization factor is really appealing to customers and I think I’m just scratching the surface.

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#8 posted 05-27-2022 12:45 AM

I use an aquarium pump and silicone tubing and inject air at the point where the laser hits the wood. It creates a soot free cut/engraving, allows you to burn faster and at less power, and it keeps your lens clean. Your laser effectiveness will quickly fade because of soot build-up on the lens. I printed a housing and nozzle on my 3D printer. One of the more popular brands of hobby level diode lasers is Ortur. I think there are a bunch of Ortur owners and users on here. I believe your laser is equivalent to an Ortur 20 watt.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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filmorgan

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#9 posted 05-27-2022 03:45 PM

Interesting. My laser is enclosed and has a pretty good exhaust fan. I’ll check the laser lens.

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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