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Posted: 1/9/2021 1:36:17 PM EDT
I was reading an article this morning about it. Does anyone have or use one? It looked interesting and has me thinking about it. Or is this one of those things I would regret getting after. Thanks
Link Posted: 1/9/2021 5:00:10 PM EDT
What would you want to do with it?

If you buy a cheap Chinese crap unit, do you have 'mad electronics and software and fabrication skillz' so that you can upgrade it to fix the built-in flaws, or repair it when it breaks? Or else be prepared to pay a lot for a decent one.

I bought a $300-ish K40-ish cheap Chinese crap unit. I do have 'mad electronics and software and fabrication skillz'. I am planning to upgrade mine, and I am also prepared to repair it if and when something breaks.

My goal is to do "maker movement" stuff such as prototyping for some product development ideas that I am pursuing. It should do pretty much exactly what I want it to do, which is mainly marking and/or cutting of 3mm thick baltic birch plywood and various other thin materials.

If you happen to have a nearby "makerspace" community workshop, you might want to check to see if they have a laser engraver/cutter that their members can use, or whether they may teach classes, in order to help you decide whether or not it is something for you.

Link Posted: 1/9/2021 7:26:45 PM EDT
Thanks thats what I needed.
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 10:58:17 PM EDT
I just sold my K40 style a few weeks ago. after having a lot of fun with it the power going to the tube arced off the case and messed a ton of stuff up. i installed new controller, PW supply and a few other things. never got it to work right again.
Growing up my parents ran a small engraving company mostly engraving ID#s on small hand tools and parts for defense contractors and a couple of the major commercial airlines. They used an Epilog for laser etching and Xenetech for rotary. If i was to start tinkering again i would go rotary or if i had the funds, i would get a small fiber laser. I don't really care that much for CO2 lasers.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 2:44:46 PM EDT
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If i was to start tinkering again i would go rotary or if i had the funds, i would get a small fiber laser. I don't really care that much for CO2 lasers.
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The desktop fiber lasers are not becoming more and more affordable than they once were.  I'm tempted to get one.
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 10:28:58 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 10:37:26 AM EDT
I don’t have teh l33t ski11z but I have heard this one is great. Guy on local forum has 2 of them.  I have been looking into buying one for engraving since our local trophy shop is Antigun and the next closest  is 45 to 2 hours away.

https://flux3dp.com/beambox/
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 10:56:10 AM EDT
I’d like to get something like this someday.  Just for cutting balsa and lite plywood - ply up to maybe 3/16”.  Any ply above that could cut with a CNC Router.
For RC stuff, planes and maybe boats mostly, maybe something like making wooden geared wall clocks, too.
I’ve been thinking it would need to be a 40W tube laser at least.   Not sure if a fiber laser would be up to that task.
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 9:37:55 PM EDT
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