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HP Laserjet Laser

I salvaged a HP Laserjet 2100 printer for parts and want to know if I could use the laser for a cnc laser cutter project, or is it not powerful enough?

The laser doesn't heat ANYTHING, it uses the photoelectric effect to discharge the photo-electrically coated toner drum. Its FAR to weak to heat anything !
rickharris2 years ago
Do you not think that if it could then it would cut through the innards of the printer?
Multhjoned (author)  rickharris2 years ago
Do dvd burners or blue-ray players cut through their prospective innards. No, they do not. Yet they have been used for burning laser projects. I was thinking that powering up or using focusing lenses might be used to create a burning laser. I wanted to know if anyone else had tried it.
No but they are shining on a mirrored surface! In the printer it isn't