Introduction: Laser Engraver/cutter

About: Hi, my name is Nikodem Bartnik. I'm 19 years old. I am into designing, making, programming and electronics. In the future, I want to start a company and make my own products. As for now, you can find my work o…

This instructable is about using a laser engraver/cutter. What can you do with it? Engrave someting on your notebook, plastic, phone case, wallet, wood, cardboard and cut paper and foam. Max engraving size: 38mm x 38mm and laser power is 300mW. The accuracy is great you can see it on video above or on the photos in next steps.

Step 1: Kit

You can buy machine that I used in this project here. Or you can buy bigger and newer machines like this one.

In this kit you can find everything you will need to start engraving. Only one thing that you will need is piece of paper, wood, plastic or leather. So what is inside?

- laser engraver

- allen key

- usb power adapter

- safety glasses!!!

- instruction

- microSD card with program

Step 2: SAFETY!!!!

Lasers are very dangerous NEVER look on it without safety glasses.

Never put your hands under the laser light

Step 3: Before Start

Before start engraving you need to remove all transportation foam and tape. Move head up to the left and table up to the back. If any screws are loose, tighten them.

Step 4: Program

Here is link to this program:

Password is: 3477

or you can install it from microSD card that is included in kit.

This software includes all drivers, so you need to install it and you can start engraving/cutting. It's very simple to use and already has some example pictures. On the top of it, you have two tabs - Print picture and NC sender. Print picture is for normal engraving. NC sender is for cutting but also for engraving you can design some images for it by clicking create NC file. After click you will see inkscape this is very nice program for drawing. You can draw what you like and go to Path -> object to path and then extensions -> laserengraver -> laser. Set speed and name of a file click apply and it will open automaticly in laser engraver program.

Step 5: What Can You Engrave

You can engrave cardboard, wood, plastic, leather. Also you can engrave something on your phone case, pencil, toys. You need to check and set good burning time for diffrent materials.

Step 6: What Can You Cut

Because this laser is only 300mW you can't cut plywood or plastic. But easily you can cut paper (not white) and foam.

Step 7: Conclusion

Laser engraver/cutter is great tool you can make some great and funny stuff but remember that lasers are very dangerous and you need to be very careful while using it. Have fun with it.

Thanks for reading!