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Cheap Laser Engravers?

Discussion in 'Hobby Engineering' started by Raykay, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. Raykay

    Raykay Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm on the lookout for a relatively cheap (<$1000) laser engraver to do some engraving on parts.

    I've had a go at one of these which my mate bought http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/10W-Lase...179415&hash=item5b3d75e47a:g:fwgAAOSwRJ1ZoRgH
    I'm pretty happy with how it works except that there's no option too focus for different heights.

    I mainly need it for engraving anodised aluminium and occassionally SS.

    I want to use this until I can afford a more industrial machine, my current workload isn't too high so I believe these will cope well.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Zee

    Zee Member

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    Thread resurrection... But... Did you find anything, by chance?

    Z...
     
  3. Butcher9_9

    Butcher9_9 Member

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    A K40 from Ebay is generally the best budget option is you are willing to spend a bit of time fixing its issues. Its on my list of things to get when I move to a bigger place lol. Very big community build around these and move videos on youtube ect than you can shake a stick at (around $500) then maybe budget a couple extra hundred to fix issues ect.

    As a side note, no cheap Laser will engrave metal (That I know of) . You need a fiber laser for that (or crazy high wattage if its CO2, Metal takes a lot of energy to Vaporize, is good at heat sinking and reflects light). You could use to along with etching but that's a bigger process.
     

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