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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 02-06-2020 10:08 PM 263 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been playing with a Laser Etching unit a buddy in Texas sent me. This is an older unit called and Emblaser I..there is a II and then two other newer ones.

I am a full on rookie with the technology and especially the PC software. I must admit, I am much more of a Mac/Aplle kinda guy than PC programmer….which is what you need for the CNC-like software. Still I am trying.

On thin plywood and cardstock I have etched out a couple images. I can certainly see this adding another dimension to my woodworking if I can get decent at programming it.

Fun stuff, hoping to use it to make a Valentine card for the wife

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"



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#1 posted 02-07-2020 10:22 AM

Is that a laser or a CNC? Title suggests laser, however, you then tallk about CNC programming.

I’m going to assume its a laser. One effective way to engrave is to do a multi pass… Your laser will determine that.. then fill with wood filler, sand and fill till all voids a filled… buff/oil/spray… and the results will be better than just engraving.

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#2 posted 02-07-2020 02:35 PM

Interesting. Roughly speaking, how much does a set-up like that cost?

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#3 posted 02-07-2020 04:32 PM



Is that a laser or a CNC? Title suggests laser, however, you then tallk about CNC programming.

I m going to assume its a laser. One effective way to engrave is to do a multi pass… Your laser will determine that.. then fill with wood filler, sand and fill till all voids a filled… buff/oil/spray… and the results will be better than just engraving.

- LittleBlackDuck

Yes, CNC is the acronym for Computer Numerical Control. In this particular instance it is controlling a laser, what we are most often used to seeing and referring to as a CNC machine is more accurately a CNC router since it controls a router.

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#4 posted 02-07-2020 04:36 PM

For a couple hundred or less, you can get a decent one from Gearbest. You’d probably want the A3 architecture for a larger working area. A great operating software is T2 Laser. For 40 bucks, ya can’t beat it for these types of lasr machines. No programming expertise required.
Here is the machine in my shop. Though, I bought it from Gearbest…not Amazon.
Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Engraving-Machine-EleksMaker-EleksLaser-A3-Printer/dp/B079CL63SQ/ref=pd_sbs_229_img_1/130-9237707-6089756?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B079CL63SQ&pd_rd_r=7af43193-65c2-4fb7-9e42-d4c55bfea157&pd_rd_w=Dny5w&pd_rd_wg=8TMwL&pf_rd_p=5cfcfe89-300f-47d2-b1ad-a4e27203a02a&pf_rd_r=W7HXGTDVJX16K8XA4P7X&psc=1&refRID=W7HXGTDVJX16K8XA4P7X. A bit less$$.

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