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post #1 of 4 Old 08-11-2016, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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laser engraver/cutter

I have been toying with the idea of getting a small, (not tiny) laser engraver cutter to both burn and cut thin wood stock for uniform parts and to label some pieces.

I was thinking about a 40 watt unit. Has anyone used one and how good are they. For instance our club makes some toys to give away at fairs and shows. Being able to cut the parts and label the toys with the club emblem would be fantastic. Such as the button on a string toy. Use a wooden disc about 2 inches in diameter with the Lion's emblem burned into one side. Maybe a seasonal picture on the other.
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I have been toying with the idea of getting a small, (not tiny) laser engraver cutter to both burn and cut thin wood stock for uniform parts and to label some pieces.

I was thinking about a 40 watt unit. Has anyone used one and how good are they. For instance our club makes some toys to give away at fairs and shows. Being able to cut the parts and label the toys with the club emblem would be fantastic. Such as the button on a string toy. Use a wooden disc about 2 inches in diameter with the Lion's emblem burned into one side. Maybe a seasonal picture on the other.
I use Ponoko all the time, and you might want to give it a try first. It will give you an idea of the limitations, the software, etc.

I made these jigs, for example
https://www.flickr.com/photos/140010...posted-public/
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we have a 120w epilog. things you will want to check on- the maximum thickness the laser can cut (hardwood?), the table size, exhaust (cfm) and power requirements. on the computer end, what pc based drawing (cad?) program is required. most machines come with the interface software.
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Anybody welcome to post ur samples here

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