Low Power LASER

Been using my little LASER for a while. I have a few more comments to share. First, it works as advertised. Meaning there is nothing defective about the hardware or the software and how it was designed. That’s not saying it is the perfect small LASER engraver. It does the job.  It IS a low …

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More Air

Air assist is a “must have” feature with a LASER engraver.  The LASER works without the air assist but so much better with the air in use. Dense smoke is eliminated and the cuts are so much cleaner.  I am certain there will be reasons for not using the air assist. It must be a …

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Air Assist

Today I will experiment with air assist with the laser engraver. The process is very similar to mist cooling with metal cut milling operations and also similar to chip clearing with my overheard CNC wood router and with my wax milling on my Taig.  This is not my first experience with air assist. This time …

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Making the Cut

I am now engraving small bamboo cutting boards. Shown here are the six inch by eight inch size. I have done four of them to date.  On order are a dozen twelve inch by nine inch bamboo cutting boards. I have no design ideas at present.  I will have them “in stock” for when I …

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It’s Aliiiive!

Assembled my Totem S LASER yesterday. As how all the low cost CNC machines from China are shipped, it was a box of parts needing assembly. Extremely well packaged, there was no damage or missing parts. Shipping is a science the Chinese have mastered. The assembly instructions are far from the superior mark. Certainly not …

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Laser Burn Plate

I notice most of the open frame LASER cutting systems use a “spoil board” under the item being through cut. This “spoil board” is usually MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). When having been in use for awhile, I notice the board is usually well burned from being exposed to the LASER beam after target material cut-through. …

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