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The small lsaer engravors

by papadan
posted 02-18-2017 03:21 AM


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wuddoc

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 03:44 AM

We purchased a small mini-laser for our shop to test. We found out that the unit had only a 1.5”x1.5” working surface and the low milliwatts did not do the job we expected. After further investigation we found a unit with 45 watts, a variety of lenses and a 12”x20” bed that works well for us. It engraves (raster) and cuts (vector) wood up to 1/4” thick.

The biggest challenge for us was learning how to use the software.

-- Wuddoc

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 03:51 AM

I have a 1600mw 445nm 6×8 engraver. Works best with .BMP or .DXF files. You can use .JPG but you won’t easily get gray scale. Tip: be sure to set your images to 254 DPI or 100 dots per cm. They come with no instructions but if you’re patient the online docs are enough to build & run.

Check out http://lumberjocks.com/projects/261290 and http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/8018

M

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#3 posted 02-18-2017 03:58 AM

Thanks guys, that 1600 is what I’m looking at Mark.

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lew

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 05:55 PM

Don’t have one but the greater the power (milliwatts/watts) the more versatile it will be- IMO.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-18-2017 08:37 PM

Right Lew, but higher power equals more $$$ and you get into the nitrogen tubes and maintenance cost skyrocket. I’ll stay below 2.5k mw and get everything I need out of them. And keep my budget under $200

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#6 posted 02-18-2017 11:31 PM

For $185 delivered it can’t be beat. The first time I lased my logo it paid for itself vs the $200 cost of a branding iron . .

Paduke (?) Valentines day gift for my lady.

Definitely worth it.

M

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