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I've only used an Epilog laser so I can't personally review different models. I wrote this Instructable with so advice on what to look for when buying:http://www.instructables.com/id/Tips-for-buying-a-laser-cutterengraver/
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Sorry no help with the smell. Good venting.As for burns around the edges try putting some masking tape over the leather.Good luck
With the laser you control 2 things, speed and power. If you slow down the cut you also want to use less power. I always do some test cuts to find the best ratio of speed to power.
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Interesting problem. I've never had trouble with plastic re-welding but I can see how it would happen. You could try slowing the cut down. That might give it more time to cool and for the air assist to blow air into the cut. The damp paper might work or you could try masking tape. Last idea, do the cut in 2 passes. The second pass would hopefully recut anything that had re-welded from the first.Good luck and if you find any good ideas post your own instructable.Geordie
I don't have anyway to fix that. The change in direction obviously slows the laser's movement down and it burns longer at that spot. Sorry
Well the Instructable is has all my tips and tricks in it. What I would do is go through it and figure out which ones you can use. Try and setup a template or workflow for you project that will minimize your tasks and then stick to that. Properly setting up the job will make it go faster.Good Luck
Not familiar with that laser. I would try contacting the manufacturer or seeing if there is an online blog for people using it.Good luck
Hypothetically yes. It would take a lot of testing to find the right setting. I'm also not sure what would happen with the adhesive on the tape. It would either burn or be left behind when the paper burned off.It is pain to peal of small bits of tape. Another idea (I haven't tried this) would be to use some sandpaper or maybe steel wool to remove the small pieces.If you find a good solution, post an Instructable about it.
i have engraved on leather before but I don't have any specific tricks for improving it. I would keep good notes on what settings you have used so keep track of what works and what doesn't.Good luck
glasses can be tricky when they are oddly shaped or weighted. See how much you and adjust the location of the rotary wheels and if there are different ways to position the glass on it. I did one glass "upside down" to get it to stay on the rotary wheels. Also plan on 2 or 3 getting messed up. If you need 10 buy at least 12 glasses.
Well that's not an easy question to answer. The basic answer is you need to learn how to use the pen tool to draw custom shapes. While I've taught people how to use programs like Inkscape and Illustrator, I don't think I can teach it over email like this.I would go to Google or Youtube and search for tutorials In Corel Draw.Best of luck
I'm not familiar with that laser. If Corel can access the print driver for the laser than that is all you need. To be honest all the lasers I've worked with were already set up, so I don't have a lot experience with setting them up.If Corel can't find the laser I would look into how to connect to it. Either ask the previous owner or see if you can contact the manufacturer.Good luck and have fun.
Tough problem. What I would suggest is putting some masking tape or paper on the board and running the laser at very low power to burn a test into the paper or tape. Once you have it aligned you can either remove the tape/paper.Good luck
Odd. You should be able to engrave and cut from the same drawing. Create your engraving and then draw the cut line around it. Make sure the cut line is set to hairline. If that doesn't work. Try moving the cut or engraving to a separate layer. Make sure it is still aligned the way you want it and then run the laser.good luck.
Lasers can engrave the surface of glass but not inside it. I don't know how the photo was made, but probably not with a laser.I don't know of any lasers that are in the $500 range. Most start in the thousand dollar range.Good luck
Not off hand. I go to my local woodstore, Woodcrafters. You could try online craft stores. Good Luck.
I don't have much experience with using Illustrator on the Epilog. The issue is probably the line thickness for the cuts. I do my design in Illustrator and then use Corel Draw to run the job on the laser. In Corel you can set the thickness of the cut lines to "Hairline" and that is what it uses to cut the lines. I did a quick Google search and the solution is to set the cut lines to .01 thickness so they are treated as Hairline.Give that a try.
It should be fine. The only issue is what happens to the paint when it burns. Off hand I have not run into any paint that produces toxic or corrosive fumes. Make sure you have good venting on your machine to remove any fumes. That should protect you and the machine.
I would get in touch with the manufacturer. I only have experience with Epilog lasers. If its one of them their website and customer service are great. If not contact the manufacturer or do a web search.Good luck
I only have experience with Epilog machines. I'm buying a Glow Forge laser because its a good price and it got a lot of good features. The main thing to think about is how big of a bed do you need for the pieces you are cutting and how powerful of a laser does it have.I have another instructable about buying a laser:http://www.instructables.com/id/Tips-for-buying-a-laser-cutterengraver/SoftwareThe laser should have the software for running it. You need a program to create files. I love Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape for vector drawing. The Epilog works best with Corel Draw, which I am not a fan of. Check to see what programs the laser says it can work with.Good luck.Geordie
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